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Trip Report Second trip to Guatemala

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This was our second trip to Guatemala and I traveled with three of my friends. We only had a week and after much research I decided that I wouldn't mind going back to Antiuga and then to the lake. Last year when we visited one of our guides was starting his own travel company Mexcal so since we really like Rhet last year we decided to use him for part of our trip this year. It was a great decision to do so as we really got to enjoy a lot of things with him.

Day one
Rhet picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel Casa Cristina. It's a cute hotel and we liked it alot although we didn't get great sleep. This was really other guests at fault not the hotels and we would stay there again.
After checking in we were anxious to be on our way. Rhet walked with us while we decided where to have a quick snack and then it was on to Old Town to finish up our arrangements with them for the next day. While at Old Town we met some other travelers and invited them to have a drink with us at the Sky Bar which turned out to be great fun. One of the men was in town because he was adopting a child so we got to see many photos from the orphanage as well pictures of his child. He had been in Antigua many times so when we mentioned we wanted to buy some chocolate to bring home he had the perfect place.Sabe Rico.. great chocolate and we ended up eating dinner at this place too. Wonderful food in a great setting surrounded by flowers.

Day two.
We had an early breakfast at Cafe Condessa and then to Old Town to meet them for our hike to the Earth Lodge. We requested a guide that we had used last year which made for a nice day. It took us five hours to hike up to the lodge..but it was great fun. Our guide was on the look out for bandits at one point but luckily we didn't see any. We left everything that was important back at Casa Cristina's.. If I would have known about the possible bandits I doubt I would have done this hike as I really try to keep safe.
The Earth Lodge was a like being at a picnic.. hammocks, games to play and good food. Our lodging was in cabins.. clean restrooms and showers outside. I only wish I would have brought a towel...luckily I had a sarong. We had to carry everything we needed in our backpacks for the night. Dinner at night was homemade pizza, salad and carrot cake. It was delicious.

Day Three
Early morning breakfast and back on our way to Antigua. Our hike down was much easier as we walked mainly on roads. We checked back in to Casa Cristina, had a quick shower and went back to Cafe Condessa for a quick lunch of fresh berries and yougurt. Everything at Cafe Condessa looked so good so of course we just kept going back. We did the after Sip and Cycle tour with Old Town. It's just a quick ride to a coffe farm and music museum. The museum was very nice and we all enjoyed trying the coffee. We were tired after our day but a couple of us just couldn't get Kac Ic which is a traditional turkey soup out of our minds. This is part of the reason I wanted to go back to Antigua.. I love that soup and I wasn't dissapointed.

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