Guatemala

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I stayed at the chalet suizo 150Q, 20 Dlls.
I did not like the city of Guatemala.  I felt unsafe. I went to see the map,  (It was made before satellite) it was very interesting and educational. I saw the cathedral, outside there were the names of many man and woman killed during the guerrilla war, most names were Mayan.. I took a tour of the Palacio de govierno, Government Palace.  While the people are very poor the money was going to buid this magnificent palace. I went to a restaurant with an attorney I met there, he was very friendly and generous, giving me his time and sharing his favorite restaurant with me.  I went to the market and purchased a few things.  In general, I was very fearful and I have never been like that in any place I have visited before.

 At about 5 PM I went to the hotel as everyone told me to stay in the hotel after that time as it was not safe to be in the street.

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People get assaulted easily. Most places are guarded with police, paid by the store. The hotels have  locked gates for protection. I did not see the good areas of Guatemala City. I did not go where the rich people live,  only zona 1, downtown. I did not like what I saw nor how I felt in the capital City.
SOn Saturday  October 6, my departure date a taxi came to the Hotel at 5 AM and took me to the airport. I had a flight at 7:45 AM. The hotel arranged for me to have this taxi, which they told me would be safe. It was very nice the ride back to the airport. The driver had been in the US and we had a nice conversation. I felt safe with him but even safer when I arrived at the airport.

Highlights of my week in Guatemala:
The ride to Chichi by chicken bus and to Panajachel
Chichi.
Map. My taxi and driver waiting for me.
The market at night on Saturday before the market opened on Sunday
Chichi: Santo Tomas Church  with the Mayan rituals
Chichi: The Cofradia of Mayan men with the "parade" with a Saint
Monterrico's  Mangroves boat tour
Turtle laying eggs in Monterrico's beach
Petting a wild sea turtle
The Mayan people traditional dress
Tortillas everywhere, handmade in a comal with firewood.
The most delicious black beans and only $2 Q in Chichi, Pana and Antigua markets.

I spent about 369 dlls during the week all included. Hotels, food, transportation, tours, entry fees.
Air: $281
gifts and souvenirs: $130
I could have spend only 200 dlls. for the week if I stayed in cheaper hotels. Somebody with a lower budget could use a 5 to 7 dlls hotel.
In total:  air, hotels food transportation was: $650.
Was it worth it? Yes.
Would I go again? Yes, to see the places like Tikal, Agua dulce, and Copan that I did not see and from there to go to Belize.


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