Central America by bus: part 1

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Antigua Guatemala early in the morning

The very first book by Paul Theroux that I read was called "The Old Patagonia Express" and was about the trip that he made starting from Chicago and travelling all the way south to Argentina. Back in the days it was still possible to use trains of large parts of the trip. I loved that book so much, and I was so inspired that three months later I was on the way to the most interesting part of the route he wrote about: Central America. I bought a ticket that took me to Guatemala and back from San José in Costa Rica. The part in between was not possible by train anymore; I had to go by bus...

The first days of my trip were in Guatemala. I had a few nice days in Guatemala City, went to the fantastic old city Antigua and climbed the red-hot volcano Pacaya. In the capital I had a great time staying with some locals who showed me around in the centre, in Antigua I enjoyed the beauty of the place: it feels like going back in time when you walk around there. And on top of the Pacaya Volcano I got afraid of the sizzling hot lava that was only a few metres away. Impressive!

After this time in Guatemala I got on the bus and headed for the small neighbour El Salvador...

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Antigua Guatemala early in the mor…
Antigua Guatemala early in the mo…
Climbing a volcano in Guatemala
Climbing a volcano in Guatemala