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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Guatemala Part 9

    Saturday, September 9, 2017
    Panajachel to San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

    Dive into the typing pool in Panajachel, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    Dive into the typing pool in Panajachel, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Looking toward the docks in downtown San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    Looking toward the docks in downtown San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Today at check out time, also known as 11:00 am, I moved out of the Hospedaje El Viajero in Panajachel and moved across the lake to Hospedaje Casa Rolando in San Pedro. (I decided to move because when I went on the hike to Indian’s Nose yesterday, I thought that San Pedro looked like a more fun and scenic town.) Around 6:00 pm, I stopped by the office of Asoantour and told the old guy working there that I forgot my umbrella in his guide Armando’s backpack yesterday. I also told him I wanted to book either a horseback ride, or a round trip shuttle van to the market in Chichicastenango. He told me to come back to the office at 7:00 pm to pick up my umbrella and book whichever activity I decided upon.

    A psychedelic pole in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    A psychedelic pole in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Iglesia Catolica in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    Iglesia Catolica in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    At 7:00 pm, I returned to Asoantour, but I was dismayed to find that it was all closed up and there was no sign of the old guy. A guide who worked for the company walked up from the docks nearby and asked me what I needed. I told him about the situation, and asked him to call Armando to see if he could drop by with my umbrella. He asked me to take a tuk-tuk to where Armando was, but I declined. I wasn’t up for going on a wild goose chase in an unfamiliar town. Plus, it was Armando’s idea for me to put my umbrella in his backpack, not the other way around.

    Street food in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    Street food in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Fire wood all stacked up in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.
    Fire wood all stacked up in San Pedro, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

    So, I asked again if Armando could swing by. A short while later, a visibly annoyed Armando showed up in a tuk-tuk, handed me my umbrella and bottle of water, got back in the tuk-tuk and sped off. I’m not sure why. I guess he was busy doing something else. I was bummed that I pissed him off. That’s the last thing I wanted to do. Anyway, I ended up booking a horseback ride with Asoantour for 10:00 am the next day. Then I went out and enjoyed some good street food from a couple of different carts.

    Words and photos ©2017 Arcane Candy.

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