Guatemala

Guatemala

Entramos na Guatemala por Melchor de Mencos e a burocracia foi a mesma – colocar carimbos nos passaportes e providenciar a importacao temporaria dos veiculos- sim, no plural porque como estamos levando uma bicicleta atras tivemos que pagar por dois “veiculos”, ah, e antes tivemos que passar por um spray inseticida para o veiculo…

Bem, a Guatemala, como quase todos os outros paises da America Central tambem tem influencia dos Mayas. O nome official do pais e Republica da Guatemala e o correspondente indigena eQuauhtlemallan – que significa “lugar de muitas arvores”…e o que me chamou atencao aqui realmente foi o fato de ter muito verde, muitas arvores, inclusive na beira da estrada e as arvores muitas vezes cobrem a estrada formando o que chamamos de “tunel verde”. Aqui existem muitos rios caudalosos e lagos belissimos, cordilheiras e vulcoes. No nosso trajeto indo para o sul em direcao a Cidade de Guatemala passamos por paisagens lindissimas entre elas costeando algumas montanhas.

O idioma official e o espanhol mas outros 21 idiomas de origem Maya tambem sao falados alem do xinca e garifuna (de origem Africana). Aqui na Cidade de Guatemala, que e a capital atual, se encontram a maioria das marcas americanas comoMcDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts Lowes, WalMart, Office Depot, …e muitos vocabulos e expresses sao tambem em Ingles, tipo “car wash”, “for sale”, “pre-school”…

Existe tambem a Antigua Guatemala ou Ciudad Vieja que foi a primeira capital da Centro America e que esta replete da Historia deste pais e da cidade. Infelizmente nao pudemos passar por la porque seria for a da nossa rota pois aqui ja vamos pegar a Estrada Panamericana para comecarmos a descer ate o Panama.

Tivemos que passar pela atual capital – Cidade de Guatemala – que e como toda cidade grande – um caos quando nos referimos ao transito e uma verdadeira “muvuca” no centro com os mototaxis e os “chicken buses” como sao chamados que levam de tudo – verifiquem nas fotos.

Pelo menos as estradas que pegamos neste trajeto estavam razoavelmente boas e as pessoas com quem falamos foram muito gentis e solicitas. Tivemos que pedir informacoes varias vezes e todos foram muito educados e prestativos, inclusive a policia local que numa das vezes nos levou ate o o local onde tinhamos que pegar a estrada correta.

Ontem pernoitamos num Posto Texaco – Gasolinera San Miguel – em Poptun – na Provincia de Peten - onde a sra. Melba Zepeda nos acolheu maravilhosamente nos permitindo pernoitar, cedendo agua e eletricidade e inclusive me permitindo usar o computador de seu escritorio. Todos com quem falavamos nos diziam “bem- vindos a Guatemala”…e muito gratificante ouvir isso…

Agora estamos ao sul da Cidade da Guatemala pernoitando num Posto Shell num lugar chamado "Las Islas" em que existem dois restaurantes, um mimi-mercado e o posto de abastecimento que "deveriam" ficar abertos 24h, mas...  e pretendemos amanha atravessar a fronteira de El Salvador. (12/09/2013)

Guatemala – English

We entered Guatemala through Melchor de Mencos and the paper work was mostly the same – stamp passports and fill out the docs for the Temporary Import of our vehicles – yes in the plural – because que have a byke in the back and we had to pay and fill out papers for the bike, too. And before all that we had to have our vehicle sprayed with insecticide…

Well, Guatemala, as it is true for most countries in Central America has much influence from the Mayas.The official name of the country is Republica de Guatemala and its indigenous correspondent is  = Quauhtlemallan – which means place with many trees…and what called my attention here was exactly the amount of green you see, with lots and lots of trees, even at the side of the roads and highways and many times overhanging the highway forming what we call in Brazil a “green tunnel”. Here one can find gorgeous rivers – Rio Dulce is one example – beautiful lakes like Lake Izabal, mountain ranges and volcanoes. On our route south we went through beautiful landscape going around some mountais before getting to Guatemala City.

The official language here is Spanish but other 21 different Mayan languages are also spoken and  also the xinca and garifuna (African influence). Here at Guatemala City – which is the capital nowadays – one can find most of the American brands like McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts Lowes, Wal-Mart, Office Depot …and many words and expressions are in English, too like “car wash”, “for sale”, “pre-school”…

There is also the Antigua Guatemala or the Ciudad Vieja )Old Town) which was the first capital of Centro America and which has much History related to this country and its capital city. Unfortunately is was quite out of our route so we didn’t visit it. From here we start traveling the Panamericana Highway down south.

We had to go through the present capital – Ciudad de Guatemala – which is, as is any other big city, a chaos as far as traffic is concerned, and a big mess downtown with all the cars, trucks, Moto taxis and “chicken buses”…as they are called and which do carry “anything”! Check out the photos

At least the roads we have travelled so far qre quite good and the persons we got in touch with were very educated and friendly. We had to ask for directions several times, even to the local police, and they even escorted us up to the correct road we had to take…

Yesterday we stayed overnight at a Texaco Gas station – Gasolinera San Miguel – in the town of Poptun – in the Peten province -  where Mrs Melba Zepeda welcomed us and let us stay overnight providing us with water and electricity and even allowing me to use the computer from her office. Everyone we talked to would say “welcome to Guatemala…”. It is very rewarding to hear that!

Right now we are staying overnight at a Shell gas station at a place called "Las Islas" where there are two restaurants, a small marketplace and the gas station and they are  all supposed to be open 24h, but...Tomorow we intend to cross to El Salvador.  

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01.07 | 17:55

Ola ,aqui e o Lula de Recife☺. Nos encontramos ontem/Sabado no Look out Point ,on the Mulholland Highway. Foi um prazer Conhece los. Curtam a Viagem.

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28.12 | 08:13

Thank you soooo much for the wishes...we are all fine, have returned from the US on the 20th to spend Christmas with family...wishing you all Happy Holidays,too

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22.12 | 23:11

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year., Daniel and Ingrid. I pray you are both well. All is well here ... think of you fondly so often. God Bless!

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29.10 | 12:03

Linda viagem. Ótimo depoimento!!!

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