People always tend to say: „Do not go to Guatemala City, it is dangerous and there is nothing much to do and see.“ Well, I have to deny both statements. Of course there is a lot to do in Guatemala City – it is the capital! I spent three days over there and it did not even seem enough time to do everything. Guate – how the locals call their capital city – has a ton of museums. So, there should be at least one for every interest. Furthermore, the municipality, the social insurance building and the Guatemalan bank have very colorful mosaics made by the local artist Carlos Merida. They are definitely worth a see but maybe a bit difficult to find.
|The ruins in Copán Ruinas|
The village of Copán Ruinas is very quiet and peaceful. Everything goes slow over there. The city seems to be made up of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. There is so much to do apart from visiting the famous ruins that you could easily spend a week over there. The ruins are famous for the artwork and carved sculptures. Also the Aguas Calientes at Luna Jaguar Spa are stunning. The hot water baths are directly in the jungle. When relaxing in the many different pools you are protected by a green roof of trees and palms. The Macaw Mountain bird reservation was a bit disappointing, though. It is more of an bird zoo with a lot of parrots and macaws in cages, but it did not feel like being in the jungle.
|A boat on Cayos Cochinos|
Compared to that, the Cayos Cochinos Islands are a totally different thing. There is nothing much to do except swimming, snorkeling, relaxing and eating. But it is worthwhile. Not many tourist know the place, so expect to be with maybe two or three other of your sort surrounded by a lot of local Garifuna folks. The underwater-world is impressive, the white sandy beach lined by palm trees is marvelous and the clear water shines in every imaginable shade of blue. The fish on your lunch plate is caught recently, the beans and rice made with coconut milk. What more do you want?
|A painting of a person my Garifuna friend Victor painted for me|
|Cayo Chachahuate – the most populated key of Cayos Cochinos|