The day and night in San Pedro

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So we arrived in San Pedro and we greeted by the usual throngs of Guatemalans trying to ´hook you up´with something, usually a hotel as you pulled into a new city.  We thanked them but said no.  We wanted to find our own living arrangements.  We checked out the first two but they weren´t exactly what we were looking for, too expensive or too low and thus no buena vista.

The third place we checked wasn´t very nice but it had a nice little bar so stopped to share a couple of those huge "Gallos".  As per usual we were then greeted by a seller of local goods, these happened to be nuts, so I bought some.

Then we were approached by an older gentleman that I photographed next to Lise.  Let´s just leave it up to the imagination what it was that he did for a living.
  We sat there for a while soaking in everything that was San Pedro La Laguna then got on our way.

John pointed out to us that maybe Guatemala was like Greece in that if your house or building isn´t finished you don´t pay the same taxes so maybe that was why almost every building in the towns we had been to had half a floor unfinished on top.

We were walking along when another guy asked us if we had a place to stay and he recommended a really cheap one.  So we checked it out and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places in town and still very inexpensive.  We got a room on the top floor of the building with a patio that overlooked the lake.  We couldn´t have asked for more.

That night we went out for food at a place called "Buddhas".  The service was so slow that one would need the infinite wisdom and understanding of Buddha to forgive them.  I wouldn´t recommend eating there unless you´ve just eaten because you won´t get your food until you´re hungry again.  The setting was pretty cool however because we got to sit in these booths with lots of pillows and they were selling nargila that you could smoke at your table.

That night, sitting on the balcony, we noticed that all the trees around our hotel, and around the entire city for that matter, were full of fire flies that lit up the night.
Lasttraveller says:
That old guy looks like god!!!
Posted on: Dec 16, 2009
kelleeoo says:
Do you happen to recall the name of this beautiful and cheap place you got a room?
Posted on: May 03, 2008
almacorona says:
John pointed out to us that maybe Guatemala was like Greece in that if your house or building isn´t finished you don´t pay the same taxes so maybe that was why almost every building in the towns we had been to had half a floor unfinished on top.

Not really. People build with the money they get and continue when they have more money...no relation to property taxes which are almost none...
They start cooking from scratch, maybe they slaughter the chichen when you order chicken nothing is prepared in advance, that is why it make take an hour to get your food. I know, it is not fast food and it is true that you feel like leaving...Also the people have no rush they are very calm and slow paced. I have a lot of touble sitting for a meal...I want my food in a New York Minute in Latin countries and it arrives "Manana"...o "al ratito"...
Posted on: Dec 01, 2007
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