Several of you have asked about the XTerra. It has been absolutely perfect thus far. I wouldn’t recommend taking this trip in a smaller vehicle. It’s got more than enough muscle to handle the requisite passing on mountain roads, and isn’t the least bit uncomfortable on bad roads (as the smaller rental SUV’s were in CR). I suppose a bigger SUV would be useful….more room to pack junk! As you can see, the Gator chairs are on the roof….did I mention we bought a double hammock?….all ready for that beach!
Gas stations are plentiful here, and gas is (oddly) sold by the gallon. The price varies, between $28.5 to $30.25 quetzies…..between $3.85 and $4.00 USD a gallon. Although Guatemala does have petroleum reserves, apparently the industry has not yet been developed. Hence the plethora of squirrel powered vehicles. We saw many young families (mom, dad & two little kids) riding one minibike. Scary.
And finally…..just to make you laugh….
Okay….time to get a move on. We’re going to pack up, have breakfast, and backtrack about a half a mile to get some photos of the Basillica here. If you read the wiki link from yesterday, it is famous for it’s statue of the Cristo Negro. Then….we’re off to Honduras! Hope to “see” you before we reach Junquilal…we’ve been pleasantly surprised w/finding internet availability. Ciao, baby.
~ Blonde Gator