Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Panajachel Nature Reserve and on to San Pedro La Laguna

I’ve visited Panajachel in Guatemala 5 times now - all brief stops - and today for the 1st time I visited the nature reserve just outside of town. It has trails leading to waterfalls, across suspension bridges, and through beautiful jungly jungle; occasionally I could sneak a peek of Lake Atitlan.

For me, the monkeys were the highlight; they tend to steal the show wherever they are. Note the banana held in the tail of the 1st one. The other photos are all of the same monkey - a young male who entertained me for more than an hour.

Around noon I took a boat across the lake, watched the World Cup final, and settled in with my host family.

Pictured below are the 3 friendliest greeters: Augustin, Jose, and Juan. HAPPY TRAILS!

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