Panamericana 2013

… somewhere between Alaska and Tierra del Fuego


Colourful houses, ruins, police and a lot of Cafés – La Antigua

La Antigua

After another long drive we reach Antigua. We like the city with its cobblestone, cafes and colourful houses and ruins. Unfortunately there is no campground but we can park at the tourist police. It’s not really nice but it’s free and they offer restrooms and showers (super cold though) Also it is very close to town. In less than 5 minutes we can reach the center afoot.

Standing on Pick Ups while driving is usual here, as well as the loaded trucks.

Poor street dogs everywhere.

La Merced. One of the many churches in Antigua

The artist market

Yuhu, a little smile

Coffee Roasting workshop

Hmmmmmm what a nice smell.

Guate Java, a nice little cafe in town

The people here love to the the pics on the camera

Chicken Bus

Chicken Bus

Security in front of each shop

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Catedral de San José

Okay, Antigua is a little touristy 😉

“See that?”

In the choco Museum…

…it smells like? Chocolate!

Do we buy this?

Lunch in a traditional restaurant.

You can buy so many paintings from the city

Arch of Santa Catalina. An emblem of Antigua

The kids can sleep no matter how loud it is

Luckily Laundries are not rare here .



Coffee Tour in Coban

Red and ripe coffee fruit

Coban is a famous cafe region so we have to visit a cafe farm here. We head to “Cafe Chicoj” in the mountains. After asking the locals several times about the street conditions we recognized that their answer is always “yes” but in real the streets are NOT GOOD.



Unfortunately the first plantation we went to, did not offer tours today. But sure sold good coffee.

Si Si. The road is good.

Only roads which do not exist anymore are bad roads 😉

A little puppy welcomes us at the plantation

Cute little thing who only wants to play.

We get to know everything about coffee and its growing process.

A Zip Line adventure is also included….

…first we thought this is weird…

… but it was fun!


Some are still green…

…others are ready to be picked.

Coffee plants everywhere.

There has to be time for a kiss always!

This machine will peel the bean out of the fruit.

Unsorted coffee fruits.

After the peeling process they get washed and sorted.

At the end the beans have to dry and they use this oven to make a good heat.

Really funny coffee tour at finca “Chicoj”


From Tikal to Coban

Oh our ferry? Looks a little frightening.

From Tikal we head to Coban but if we will reach the city today is not clear as it’s a long way, we were told. We give Lucia a lift to Santa Elene where she takes a taxi to Coban. An interesting ferry ride welcomes us, as well as a lot of curvy roads. After approx. 6 hours we are not in Coban so we decide to stay at the “Grutas Candelaria” for tonight instead of driving in the dark. On the mainroad I see a huge sign “Camping Grutas Candelaria” with an arrow to the left, “only 900 meters”.

“Yuhu. There we go.” I say to Jan without thinking for one minute. Jan turns left and after 100 meters the road gets unpaved, more and more narrow, steeper and steeper and more and more curvy. It’s one of these nightmare drives. Jan does make it to the caves but we both had to sweat the entire way. The Toyota would not have had an issue with this, but the trailer is not off-road suitable at all and we are always worried that something will brake if we drive such bad roads.

Unfortunately it rains the whole night and morning and the river, where they normally offer rafting is too high. We go and see the caves quickly before we have to drive this horrible road back up.

The Toyota has to pant but all works well. We make it to the highway without accidents and head to Coban where Lucia is already waiting. Our camp is directly in town but we can not feel that. It’s a super nice park, “park Victoria” with nice walking trails, grassy area, bathroom and shower. Also it’s very close into town so that we can get our weekly ration of fruits and vegetables on the local market afoot.


The road ends in Sayaxché…

… we have to take the ferry.

But have to wait first…

Coincidentally, we meet Lucia here.

Off we go.

Grutas Candelaria

Grutas Candelaria


Strange formations everywhere…

These huge thinks must have been growing for a while.

Glitter 😉

Usually this river is used for rafting. Not today. Understandably

Our Jungle Camp at the caves

Adios Grutas!

Adios Grutas!

Arriba! Arriba!

Arriba! Arriba!

Poor trailer to go through all these potholes

At the camp on Coban nobody knows anything about electricity.

Little helper at the local market

Purple beans. They looks so pretty and taste yummy.

The kids like the pics. Quiet the contrary to the adults who did not like to be photographed.

Those guys did not say “no” to the pic 😉


Where is mum and what does this guy with his huge camera wants from me?


Ruin of Tikal

100 steps to the top!

We left Belize and went on to Guatemala where we visit the famous ruin “Tikal”.  We are not really into ruins so much but the huge buildings always make us think about the past and how this was build without machines and with so many poor people who had to work very hard and possibly also died here. The highest temple which is located in the center, is 47m high. To see the whole site you need to spend a day or two as it’s really huge.



Belize: “Spanish Lookout”, a Mennoniten Village.

Visit the marked in Belize before we head to Guatemala.

This road welcomes us in Guatemala 😉

Reached the camp spot …

… and got a nice view.

Eine deutsche Backpackerin fährt 11km die Tikal-Straße mit - mangels Rücksitze auf dem Trittbrett.

We gave her a lift on the footboard as we have only two seats and Lucia already lies in the back.

Jungle path in Tikal

Some huge trees!


Stairs to temple II

Spider monkeys climbing in the trees.


Time to relax and kiss 😉

Plaza with the highest temple.

Panorama of the main temple

Back at the camp we enjoy fresh lemonade…

... und Bananen-Crepes

… and banana crepes 🙂