The road to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan
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We woke up early today, 6AM, so that we could catch the one bus that left the station at 7AM for Panajachel. It turned out that that was pretty much irrelevant and we could have caught any bus but it worked out in the end because we got there early and could still enjoy the day and some of the sun. It´s a good idea to wake up early. Keep the blinds open and wake up with the sun.
So we ended up taking the chicken buses for a ride to Panajachel (four in total). The first bus we took was to Chimaltenango. As we arrived in the town we were still unaware that a single bus wasn´t going to take us to Panajachel so we were noticeably confused as to why we were being kicked off the bus before our destination.
So we jumped on the next bus to a new destination. Each successive bus seemed a little more packed than the previous. On most we ended up separated from eachother and enjoyed the crammed company of the local people (three to a seat of course). On the last bus a whole troop of women in traditional dress got on. Que bonita!
On the last bus I was trying to jam John´s huge bag into an overhead compartment and I think I dislocated my thumb.
The view on the journey was amazing. The Guatemalan Highlands is a very beautiful area. No more the dirt and chaos of the cities and a return to nature. With huge conifers and rolling grassy fields I really felt comfortable in this place.
Then we arrived in Panajachel and sat down for some lunch and to use the internet. The city itself wasn´t too spectacular but it had lots of nice little shops. Then on our way to the lake to catch the ferry we ran into a couple that we had hiked with the day prior on Volcan Pacaya.
The ¨ferry¨at the dock was more a motorboat with a roof on it.
John informed us that he could see land and we soon pulled up to the dock at San Pedro La Laguna.