A black Christ, Mayan ruins and coco locos in Guatemalaâ€™s Orient
On the road for work I have seen some remarkable sights over the past few days. In Esquipulas I saw the ancient caving of a black Jesus Christ, the site of a mega pilgrimage every year on January 15th.
At QuiriguÃ¡ I was awed by the intricately-sculptured ruins of a stelae to Cauac Sky, ruler of the Mayas around 730 AD, reaching a height of 8 meters and weighing 65 tonnes. I swam in a river fed by a volcanic, bubbling hot waterfall at Finca Paraiso near Lago Izabal, the largest lake in Guatemala and the second largest in Central America, on which I went kayaking.
And I drank coco locos (a fresh coconut with its milk inside topped up with rum) on the dock at Denny’s Beach, a beautifully-relaxed hideaway reached only by boat on the south side of the lake. Who needs Lake Atitlan when all this is available in the opposite direction to which most tourists travel? I recommend anyone coming to Guatemala to not miss out on this less-travelled side of a truly awesome country.
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