After months of anticipation and planning, we are making our final preparations for this year's big adventure, an exciting road trip through Guatemala. The truck has been tuned up, cleaned out and packed.  My camera batteries are juiced up and my lenses cleaned and packed. Rob has his ipod loaded up with great traveling music. Birdie and Cole have been counting down the days and gathering the games, crayons, sketch pads, cards and dominos that will occupy them during the long drive days. Connor, now 16, was given the option to come along or stay at home with Stuart and enjoy a break from parents and siblings, the latter of which he gladly accepted. Unlike our trip through Belize last spring, we are armed with an excellent well marked map and an itinerary which is, of course, subject to change at any time. This is roughly what our plans look like for the next 19 days.

Guatemala

Mon. April 6      Playa del Carmen to Orange Walk (lunch on the riverbank) to San Ignacio. Overnight in San Ignacio (Cahal Pech). Border crossing in the morning.

Tues. April 7       San Ignacio to Rio Dulce. Overnight in Rio Dulce(Hacienda Tijax).

Wed. April 8       Rio Dulce to Antigua. 5 nights in Antigua (Posada las Faroles).

Thur. April 9      Semana Santa Processions in Antigua

Fri. April 10       More exploration in and around Antigua

Sat. April 11      Climb Pacaya Volcano

Sun. April 12     Market day in Antigua, Easter Mass and Processions

Mon. April 13    Market in Chimaltenango, Drive to Xela. Overnight in Xela

Tues. April 14    Explore Xela, Hill of Trunk, Almolonga, Zuyil, Cantal. Overnight in Xela

Wed. April 15    Daytrip to Sajcaja, Momo. Drive to ChiChi. Overnight in Chichicastenango.

Thur. April 16     Market in ChiChi. Drive to Panajachel. Explore Lago Atitlan. Overnight in Pana.

Fri. April 17       Market in Solola. Explore San Pedro, Santiago. Overnight in San Pedro.

Sat. April 18      San Pedro to Coban. Overnight in Coban

Sun. April 19     Visit the biosphere/cloud forest. Drive to Guatemala City. Overnight in El Guate.

Mon. April 20    Drive to Esquipulas. Visit the sacred black Christ. Explore Quirigua Ruins. Drive to Rio Dulce. Boat to Livingston. Overnight in Livingston.

Tues. April 21    Explore Livingston – Siete Altares, Playa Blanca

Wed. April 22    Boat to Rio Dulce. Drive to Flores. Overnight in Flores.

Thur. April 23     Explore Tikal Ruins. Border crossing in afternoon. Overnight in ?

Fri. April 24       ? to Bacalar (lunch on the lake) Bacalar to Playa.

Sat. April 25      Happy Birthday Rob!

As I did last year, I will be travelling with my laptop and attempting to blog as much as I can along the way. Due to some safety concerns, we will not be going too far of the beaten path on this trip, so I hope to be able to find internet access in most places. We will be bringing phones with us but at this point, we don’t know what to expect in regard to connectivity. Stuart will be staying with Connor and manning the phones/computers should anyone need to reach us. In a departure from our normal travel schedule, we have planned our time so that we are driving at night as little as possible. This adjustment means we have less daylight hours in which to see all that we hope to over the next three weeks. It should be an interesting and exciting journey. I hope you will all check in with us and follow along on our family adventure.

Semana Santa in Antigua Market Day In Chichicastenango

Semana Santa in Antigua Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

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