Quetzaltenango is Guatemala’s 2nd biggest city, with 300,000 people. It has all the modern conveniences that Guatemala City has, only with fewer heavily-armed guards patrolling every street corner.
Today I was about to take an old, leaky Mayan canoe out for a spin. I had seen locals using dilapidated wooden canoes to get around Lake Atitlan, and was curious about trying it out myself. Would I be able to keep afloat?
We woke up at 3am to start our little adventure. Two Americans, a New Zealander, a French woman, and a Swissman armed with flashlights and water were about to hike up a steep Guatemalan mountainside for 2 hours in the dark.
Four of us packed into a tiny car for a driving tour around Guatemala City. The rules for auto travel in the city are: lock your doors, roll the windows up half way, and don’t stop too close to the car in front of you.