Dispatches from Latin America travel blog

Dispatches from Latin America

Steve travel blog
Thick swirls of loud exhaust fire out of the tailpipe of the bus as it passes our van on the winding, chaotic streets of Guatemala City. Although I've only been in the shuttle van headed for Antigua for a few minutes the pollution already grips my throat, leaving it dry and raspy. The chicken bus (retired school buses from the U.S. now serving as public transportation) is only one of the many motorized vehicles battling for space on the dirty, dusty roads. Cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, rickshaws, and brave pedestrians and cyclists race through what seems to be a never-ending strip of the same concrete stores, businesses and restaurants like the repetitive scenery in a cartoon. It finally ends and we begin a long climb away from the city on Indy roads that snake through the valleys and into the mountains toward the Guatemalan Highlands. If this van blows a tire I am history. Just minutes before upon waiting in the van a young man got in and I asked him in spanish where he was from. He didn't respond so I said I was only practicing my spanish. Rather bored, he finally said:
"New York, and don't practice on me"!

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
 
 
 
Santiaguita volcano
 
 
 
 
Xela
 
 
 
 
Santa Maria volcano
 
 
 
NICARAGUA
 
 
 
 
Masaya
 
 
 
 
Xmas Party for Panama School kids
 
 
 
 
Masaya volcano
 
 
 
 
La Boquita and Granada.
 
 
 
 
San Juan de La Concepcion
 
 
 
Isla de Ometepe
 
 
 
The Rio San Juan
 
 
 
COSTA RICA
 
 
 
Tortuguero
 
 
 
Osa Peninsula
 
10 
 
 
PANAMA
 
11 
 
 
PERU
 
12 
 
 
CHILE
 
13 
 
 
Torres Del Paine
 
14 
 
 
ARGENTINA
 
15 
 
 
Mendoza
 
16 
 
 
Aconcagua
 
17 
 
 
Around Santiago
 
18 
 
 
Back in PERU
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