Wednesday, April 15, 2009 9:38 PM
Guatemala Road Trip - Chapin Auto Safari
While we should have been attending Mass at any one of the magnificent churches in Antigua holding Easter services, the heathen Kinnon family decided to avoid the crowds, head out of town and have another adventure. Our destination: the Chapin Auto Safari, an hour and a half (if you don't get lost and stop for directions half a dozen times) south east of Antigua, about 40 miles from the border of El Salvador.
I had done a little bit of research about this drive-thru zoo but we were surprized by what a well run organization they have put together. In addition to an excellent collection of animals indigenous to Guatemala and Central America, they also had a number of more exotic "safariesque" creatures like giraffes and lions. The animals all looked healthy, well fed and relaxed with plenty of room to wander about. God bless Central America, Birdie and Cole were allowed to ride on top of the truck all the way until the lion enclosure. I was really excited to try out my fancy smancy new zoom lens and took hundreds of photos.
At the end of the driving tour we parked and investigated the walking zoo and aviary. This section was somewhat less impressive but still enjoyable. Cole ran into his old friend the tapir and remembered to give him a wide berth this time!
We enjoyed a quick lunch with some of the best fried chicken we have had since last year's journey through Belize and then let the kids cool off and play in the enormous pool. What's more fun than swimming in your underpants!!
We were super impressed with the facilities at Auto Safari Chapin and would absolutely recommend this as a fun day trip from Antigua, whether or not you are travelling with kids. My children would be happy to go along if it would make you feel more comfortable. ;)
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