Looming over Lake Atitlan are 3 volcanoes. They are beautiful and dominating. Now that our time in Guatemala is coming to an end, we felt the urgency to hike one of them, San Pedro. San Pedro is the shortest of the three volcanoes around the lake. It stands at 3,020 meters (about 9,900 feet) above sea level and is the most climbed.
Last week was Environmental Week (think Earth Day for a whole week) at the kid's school. Each grade in the school had multiple field trips and assorted activities to learn more about the environment and how to protect it. Tag's class visited our town's Bomberos (aka Fire Fighters). This was not a field trip I was going to miss. And in true Guatemalan style, this is one field trip where the US cannot compete.
Monterrico, Guatemala is a popular beach town for locals and egg-laying sea turtles. There are at least two Tortugarios (turtle hatcheries), that are working to preserve and grow the population of sea turtles in the local waters. We had an amazing experience here.
Chichi's claim to fame is it's twice weekly market. It is the biggest market in the country. Every Thursday and Sunday the town's plaza is filled with make shift tables, shelves and stands selling countless homemade, homegrown and recycled items. The plaza is no where near big enough to contain it.
It took us two tries but we found the natural hot springs in Santa Catarina Palopó in Lake Atitlan! We had heard about the hot springs from several friends that have lived around the lake for years. The first time we went looking for them we had no luck but this time we found them.
After a recent visit from family members it dawned on us that some items we buy at grocery stores in Guatemala either look a little different or are stored differently here. To demonstrate this, here's a look at a few things from our pantry.
Orgullo Chapin, also known as Guatemalan Pride Day, is one of the many traditions celebrated the at LIFE School. Everyone in the school dresses in traditional traje, or typical Guatemalan dress. It was also right before Valentine's day this year.