November 11, 2018

Today we traveled from Rio Dulce to Zacapa in Guatemala (154 km). Today we experienced a totally different Guatemala. The road was mostly very good. Women didn't wear traditional clothes anymore. We saw a lot of trucks with Chiquita, Del Monte and Dole logos on them. Street vendors sold Bananas, Pineapples, and other fruits. This region must be very fertile. People are a bit richer and more modern. Since there are no RV Parks here we found a nice hotel away from the city.

November 10, 2018

Today we stayed in Rio Dulce in Guatemala. In the later afternoon, we went with a Tuc Tuc into town and then on a boat ride on the Rio Dulce. We saw the bridge over the Rio Dulce which should be one of the biggest in Central America. We saw the Bird-Island with a lot of birds and we visited the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara which was built by the Spanish in 1644.

November 9, 2018

Today we stayed in the RV Park in Rio Dulce in Guatemala. We planned the next steps of our travel and did laundry. Rio Dulce is not only the name of the town here but the name of an arm of the Caribbean Sea which is about 47 km long. The RV Park is in a harbor where many sailboats are on land. They come here to be safe during the hurricane season and to clean and repair the boats. Here are about 100 boats from all over the world. I saw boats from Germany, Holland, Australia, and the USA. Some people travel the world by boat and others by car!

November 8, 2018

Today we traveled from Tucurú to Rio Dulce (144 km). At least half of the way was on unpaved roads. We needed about 5 hours for the 144 km. On the way, private people are fixing the road and ask for money. Today this happens about four times. The worst situation was when a group of men blocked the road and wanted 100 Quetzals ($ 13.-). I was always willing to give something. And the people were always satisfied with 5 Quetzals ($ 0.60). I was not willing to pay 100 Quetzals. I backed the RV and wanted to show them that we go back. One guy came running and wanted 20 Quetzals ($2.50). This was still a lot, but we paid for it and they let us go. The picture shows how the road sometimes looks.

November 7, 2018

Today we traveled from Lanquin to Tucurú in Guatemala. Last night we decided to stop visiting other places in Guatemala. The roads are everywhere so bad that we need very much time to drive to these places. And our RV doesn't like such roads anyway. We follow now more the Panamericana. We searched for the best road. But in the end, we are now on a very bad road again. We had to cross two rivers and did some kilometers of unpaved road. I hope tomorrow we will have better roads again. And there are almost no RV Parks. Therefore we spend the night again in a hotel room. The picture shows the landscape we see all the time. We are still in the mountains.

November 6, 2018

Today we visited Semuc Champey. For this, we had to hire a 4x4 taxi which drove us the 10 km on the very bad road to this place. Here are limescale barriers in a river which created pools. We visited them, climbed up the hill for about one hour to a view platform called «El Mirador» and finally did swim in one of the pools. Then we got brought back to the hotel where we had some time to relax. The picture shows the view from El Mirador over Semuc Champey.

November 5, 2018

Today we traveled from Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas to Lanquin in Guatemala (177 km). Since the short way is blocked by the bad road, where we get stuck yesterday (70 km) we had to drive a detour of 107 km. And it worked out well. We had good roads but it went up and down and there was one curve after the other. We drove through some villages. The women here wear traditional clothes and wear things on their heads (picture). The last 10 km before Lanquin starts again a very rough, steep, small and unpaved road. We parked our RV just before this bad road starts and took a public bus. Now we are in Lanquin in a very nice resort in the jungle near a river.

November 4, 2018

Today we wanted to travel from Flores to Panjal. All the information I had was that we can drive with our RV to this place. Our GPS stated from the beginning that we need 5 hours and 30 minutes for 234 km. We always knew that there is something on this road that will slow us down. Then we came to a ferry and thought maybe this is the problem (photo). But it went pretty fast. But about 40 km before we arrived at Panjal, the road became very, very bad. We didn't want to drive on this rough, small mountain road and turned around. Since there are near and far no campgrounds around we took a hotel room in the next bigger settlement. Here in the hotel, they don't know how we can reach this place we want to go. I have an idea and we will find out tomorrow if it will work out.

November 3, 2018

Today we took a bus to Tikal (66 km). Here we visited another Maya ruin site. This one is still in the jungle. And it's big and has many very high pyramids. There is only one square which is completely cleared. The picture shows one of the pyramids at this square. I took the picture from the top of the pyramid on the other side of the square.

November 2, 2018

Today we crossed the border from Belize to Guatemala. The border formalities went smooth and after about a half an hour we were driving in Guatemala. Our first stop is Flores a nice little town on an island in Lake Petén Itzá (109 km) (see picture). Since we were quite early in Flores we walked around the island and had some Happy Hour drinks before dinner. All in restaurants with lake view. We planned to be on a campground outside of Flores but just before we arrived we decided to take a hotel room in the town. Our RV is parked in a small street outside the hotel. I hope it will survive well there.

November 1, 2018

Today we stayed in San Ignacio in Belize. I had my administrative day. It was a hot day. I sweat a lot in the RV. It would have been nice to go out to a cool place. We did that for dinner. There is a pedestrian street where we could eat almost on the street. The picture shows the restaurant in front of the one we ate.