Monday, December 11, 2006

Friday 8th December - Off to the beach

Friday afternoon we decided to head off to Montericho beach for a day or so. We´d booked a place on the shuttle bus the day before but apparently that had broken down so the guy turned up in what I think was his own car. Everything started off ok, 3 passengers in a car is pretty much fine for a long trip.

Then he picked up another person, 4 passengers, bit cramped, but still ok. Then he tried to convince another person that a ride in the trunk would be a good plan...

Finally reached Avalluda and jumped on the ferry through the mangrove swamps to Montericho.
Unbelievably hot. And black sand when the sun has been shining on it all day is a little bit toastie on the feet. Had a few swims in the sea, but the waves are incredibly violent here so after about 10 minutes you have to crawl out and go for a rest.
On Saturday we got up at 4:30am for what was billed as a nature tour of the mangrove swamps - but turned out to be pretty much what we´d experienced the previous day on the ferry.
More fun in the sun and swimming and then it was time to head back to Antigua ready for our early start on Sunday. Met an interesting fellow on the ferry back who filled us in on all the various gangs in Guatemala and what was currently happening in the city. Fascinating stuff...

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