Denver to Latin America for 3 months

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  1. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    When I was just a few km outside of Palenque I decided to stop at the Milos Ha waterfall. Very pretty.

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    You can swim in it.

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    And walk behind it.

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  2. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    By the time I got to the town of Palenque it was almost 3:00. I checked out a couple of places. I passed on the first place because although it had ac and was only 300 pesos, when I inspected the room there was a HUGE cockroach in the middle of the floor. The fact that it did not have internet and reminded me of the "cell" in Tehuantepec did not help. I decided to" splurge" on the Best Western because it had everything and I am not here for the city.

    My bike trucked away.

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    It also had a decent pool, that I did take advantage of.

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    I have signed up with an all day tour for tomorrow. I will see the ruins and some waterfalls. Unfortunately, one of them is Misol Ha again. Well, it is cool enough to see twice.
  3. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    Today was a full, long and interesting day.

    First the ruins.

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    Finally saw some Mayan ruins. And with less than 2 months before the end of the age.

    These ruins are in the jungle. Some very much in the jungle.

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    It is great that you can climb all over most of them. You can do your Indiana Jones imitations too.

    They are some steep climbs, though.

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    Some steep stairs too
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    Some, but not many, hieroglyphs.

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    On the way out there is also a cool waterfall.

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  4. WilderRider

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    The tour I paid for included the Misol Ha falls again. And unlike the morning where I was all alone in the van, we had a full international crew for the trip.

    Countries represented included, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Mexico and the USA (just me).

    The view from my seat in the back.

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    And me
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    I won't repost a bunch of those pictures, but one more just because the falls were much more powerful today. No one was swimming.

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  5. WilderRider

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    Then it was off to Las Cascadas de Agua Azul. And they were right. Lots of cascading blue water. Probably not a lot to say and I should just post a bunch of pictures.

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    Plenty of places to stop and enjoy the falls.

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    Long day though. Left at 8:00 and was not back until almost 7:00 .
  6. WilderRider

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    Time to play a little catch up.

    Friday I rode back to San Cristobal. Stayed in the same hotel.

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    The unexciting view.

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    I did not do much but rest. I managed to hurt my foot again at Agua Azul and I wanted to see if I could heal enough to move on today.

    The Hotel Real Jovel. Not a bad place if you want easy access in and out of the city.
  7. WilderRider

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    Today I finally made it to Guatemala. I had a blast in Mexico, but it was nice to move on to the next stage. To get to a country I have never seen before.

    The riding was nice and the border crossing was thankfully very easy. About 25 minutes on each side. In less than n hour I was cruising along CA1 in Guatemala.

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    The river along the road.

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  8. WilderRider

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    I made it to Huehuetenango for the evening. Not the most exciting city, but pleasant enough to spend the night.

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    Nice hotel for 125Q night for a private room, internet, cable, and a nice secure parking spot for the bike.
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  10. WilderRider

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    Walking through the streets of Huehuetenango for breakfast.

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    Crazy the amount of people in the narrow streets and cars and even buses still drive through.
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    Today I rode a little further into Guatemala.

    Passed some cities like Xela.
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    Also got up in the fog. It is easy to forget how high you get even in Central America. Today I got almost as high as I did riding the Rockies in Colorado, 9,900 feet. In fact, I would estimate that 2/3rds of my total miles have been above 5,000 feet so far.

    The fog.
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    I also managed to take a wrong turn. Even with GPS he bad signing can get you.

    Luckily it was a short, but pretty detour. When I hit this dirt road I knew something was off.

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    Gave me a nice view of the volcano too.

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  12. WilderRider

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    In Antigua, I stayed the first night at El Hostel. This was in large part with the help of rtwpaul who was staying here already and put my name in to reserve a spot for me. Thanks Paul.

    It is a nice hostel three blocks from the zocalo. Down this street looking towards the volcano.

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    Nice main area.

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    Unfortunately, no private rooms were available and I had a dorm. Only 80q, ($10).

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    I was on the bottom bunk at the left in the back. There were five other people that night.
    The real selling point for me was the secure parking for the bike.
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    Unfortunately, I am not a dorm kind of guy. Too much English for one and I enjoy my privacy. One night is part of the adventure, but I found a different place today.
  13. WilderRider

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    Today after finding another place, I also signed up for another week of language classes. And walked around again.

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    From the zocalo

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  14. Aventeren

    Aventeren Been here awhile

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    Howdy WilderRider. Excellent RR. I'm leaving from UT on Friday for a very similar route through Mexico and Central America. I'll be interested to see what language course your chose in Antigua--and whether or not you would recommend Oaxaca or Antigua for a language school. I, too, am planning on 2 week long courses...

    Heck, maybe we'll meet up for a beer somewhere in Central America when you are heading back up and I'm heading back down.

    Ride safe.

  15. WilderRider

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    Started classes today. Up nice and early to be packed and ready at the school at 8:00. I was moving too so I wanted to be ready to go right afterwards. Luckily, my checkout time was not until 1:00 so I could still leave everything at the hotel.

    The clouds finally left long enough to see the top of the volcano.

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    Class lasted until 12:00 with a 30 minute break. It was nice to concentrate on learning again and speaking Spanish for a few hours. I am at Sevilla Spanish Academy. For $225 for the week TOTAL you get room, board (for me that is three tasty home cooked meals) and 20 hours of private instruction. Pretty good deal.
  17. WilderRider

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    After class I moved into my homestay. A really nice home with a 70ish(?) couple. Only two blocks from the school. Secure parking in their courtyard too.

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    A private room, but a shared bath.

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  18. WilderRider

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    After settling in and eating a delicious lunch, it was back to school for their after school activity. Almost every day they have some activity after school. This is to add to the Spanish learning and to be fun.

    Today it was kite making. This is because kite flying is traditional on the Day of the Dead in Guatemala. We will take these kites to a festival on Thursday and let some kids fly them, or so I understand.

    That is if mine makes it.

    Started out OK.

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    My British friend working away.

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    And here is my finished product.
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    I am a little doubtful it will fly, but I know my daughter would be proud of me. Maybe not my final product, but I did make it. We will see how it goes on Thursday.
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    Ride on ! enjoying your ride ....:clap