Travelogue Mexico, Guatemala. Mexico: Puebla, Veracruz, Catemaco, Villahermosa, Ruins of Palenque. Crossing the border to Guatemala. Guatemala: Jungle Finca in Poptun, visiting a shaman at Lago Atitlan, Reiki lessons in Antigua.
The English reports of this trip are only short summaries.
There are hardly any pictures from this journey as my camera broke down.
April 4th, 2001
Once again I left Europe for America. I arrived yesterday in Mexico and stayed over night in Puebla at a friend of the family. I changed the original planes I had and will start in an hour to Veracruz, then Catemaco, Villahermosa and Palenque. From there I will enter Guatemala and spend a few days in the jungle, then continue to Antigua and Lago Atitlan. Or maybe I change my planes once more.
I would love to hear from you.
April 6th, 2001
|Veracruz: A modern office building|
I move on everyday a bit. From Puebla to the nice city of Veracruz, next day to Catemaco and the beautiful lake. Now I arrived in Villahermosa and will continue to Palenque and the jungle tomorrow.
(Annotation: my camera broke, so I could only take photos in Veracruz and Catemaco)
|The port administration of Veracruz|
|Veracruz: A Ministry|
|A Church in Veracruz|
|The fisherman who took me to monkey island|
|View over the beautiful lake Catemaco|
April 11th, 2001
Travelling in Mexico is more comfortable than it was in Guatemala and Honduras , hotels and buses are better, but also a bit more expansive.
In Villahermosa I visited a funny little park with real jungle in the city, where you can visit stone heads of the Olmecs and visit a zoo with the animals of the region. Villahermosa does not only call itself hermosa but also is a very nice city. From there I went to Palenque, the biggest Maya site in Mexico. The place is incredible hot but the ruins are in a very nice place and well preserved, but I liked Tikal and the jungle there more.
Today I was in Agua Azul, a series of waterfalls where wonderful bathing in clear water is possible though a little dangerous. Unusual for the time it started to rain and spending the time in the rain and starting to freeze for the first time in a more than a week was great, you should not miss it, when you have the chance. Unfortunately it didn’t rain in Palenque and there are some 50° C in my hotel room.
Tomorrow I will leave for Guatemala where I want to spend some days in the jungle in Poptun. Then I will continue to Antigua probably right after the big processions in the holy week, but I saw those three years ago. After some two days there I want to go to Lago Attitlan and visit my Shaman Bill.
All the best
April 15th, 2001
Wednesday I went to Guatemala taking 6 hours for a 3 hours trip, but swimming in the border river, eating melons and nice conversation made it a nice trip. At the border I asked for a receipt for the five Dollars the cashed from every tourist and got my money back. In stead of a direct bus to Flores we paid for, we had to take the typical Chicken Bus, but this also was quit fast and I like this way of travelling. From Flores I took a bus to Poptun and then a taxi to the Finca Ixobel where I did two cave-trips, the first really incredible, 1 km into a cave, partly we had to swim and in the end we could jump 4m down into a little lake. Two days later I went to another farm because at Ixobel I couldn’t find a second person (minimum there) for a more day jungle trip. I should have started my adventure Saturday, but a member of the family of the guide died the night before so we could not have started until Monday and due to a lack of time I left for Antigua where I stay at the same family as last year, it is like coming home. I saw the last big procession yesterday and heard that my shaman Bill is in the city and therefore I hope to meet him today.
Greetings and all the best.
April 29th, 2001
Hi and greetings to all of you!
This report is shorter than the last ones though I talk about two whole weeks. Monday I went with Bill, my shaman from USA/Canada, to Lake Atitlan . There I met lots of lovely friends and spent time in a very beautiful surrounding on my psychology, read books etc. I practised and improved my massage technique mostly by massaging and being massaged by Martini a real master in Nimoe. We had classes on strange stuff like Sprit/Soul/Ego, on Chakras, auras, demons and more.
May 6th, 2001
After a few relaxing and wonderful days with friends and a Reiki course in Jocotenango near Antigua I made my way back to Puebla Mexico. There I spent another two days relaxing, slowing coming back (first thoughts about all the work back at my office appeared) and finally took my flight back (Air France recommended).
Greetings and thanks to all of you I met on my journey. And I am looking forward to seeing all those of you soon who live here in Munich and Germany.
All the best
© Volker Umpfenbach