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Day 5 - Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

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sunny 82 °F

Day five, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala. Temperature approximately 82 °F, slight chance of rain in the mountains.

The port was built in 1976, which is nestled in the Amatique Bay, and today it is among the busiest in Central America. Although the pier itself does not offer a lot in activities, the nearby area is full of unique experiences. You'll find a Spanish fort located 5 minutes away, where you'll discover wonderful architecture and have the chance to learn about explorers and pirates.

One of the most popular local attractions are waterfalls which are said to rival Hawaii and Dominica. You'll not only admire the waterfalls, but you can also bathe in the waters and climb the rock formations. For the adventurous, head to the Eco Farm, a 500 acre nature preserve, home to many plant and bird species. Enjoy a hike in lush, tropical surroundings.

The most special outing of all is a visit to a local school. This gives you a chance to meet and experience the people here and gain an understanding of the country and its inhabitants. Many visitors will tell you this part of their trip was the most rewarding.

Settlement dates back to the 19th century by Belgian pioneers. Another important historical site is to visit the "Tikal", the largest of the Mayan Ruins. It is impressive and continues to reveal treasures from the Mayan Culture as archaeologists explore it. Recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Quirigua offers pieces from Mesoamerica.

I personally didn't get off the ship this day, however it was fun to watch the trucks at the port continuously bring loads of dirt to a ship, which later we found out the dirt had Nickel in it, then shipped to Russia to be mined.

Until next time,

Posted by Sluggoaafa 12:10 Archived in Guatemala Tagged vacation alaska america holland super bowl gautamala Comments (0)

2018 New Year


In 2017 I was able to do some great trips with family and friends, both in Alaska and the Caribbean.

HAL Eurodam


In August, I went on a weeks cruise on Holland America's Eurodam in Alaska. Saw tons of beautiful country that I have never witnessed before. Wildlife galore, and crystal blue waters. Bears, Bald Eagles, Mountain Goats, Whales, Sea Turtles, Otters, just to name a few of the animals we were able to see, along with a couple of Glaciers.
Stops in Juneau, Glacier Bary, Sitka, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. All great places if you've never been.

In November, did another Eurodam cruise, this time in the Caribbean visiting, Grand Turks, St. Thomas, Half Moon Cay Bahamas. It was sad to see all the devastation from hurricanes that hit the Islands. Hope things get somewhat better in time for my next cruise in February.

HAL Rotterdam


Even though I'll still be visiting the Caribbean, it'll be different islands. Starting in Tampa, then to Key West, Mahogany Bay Roatan Honduras, Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala, Costa Maya, Mexico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, St. John's, Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia, Soufriere Bay, Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad, Aruba, George Town, Grand Cayman, and finally back to Tampa Florida. I so can't wait.

Temperatures have been bitterly cold the past month, and I'll be leaving right when people are coming up to Minneapolis, MN for the Super Bowl.

Can't think of anything else to update with. Hope all are good.

Until next time,

Posted by Sluggoaafa 09:57 Archived in USA Tagged vacation alaska america holland super bowl Comments (0)

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