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Home » Articles » Destinations » Central America and Caribbean » They Call Me Gringo
They Call Me Gringo
Submitted by cleo on 2007-04-20 09:38:00 (via
The terrain of Guatemala is amazing - sharp, jungle covered peaks as far as the eye can see. Beautiful to look at, a pain in the butt to bike. It's one thing to bike uphill, but in Guatemala it's up, down, up, down, up, down. You can be climbing for most of the day and not gain any altitude at all. But there is so much more to this account.
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Submitted by christine on 2007-04-20 11:19:07
I can understand the story with the dogs, I used to have some trips with the bycicle and it's really frustrating to have them running behind you and biting your heels. Unpleasant situation...
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20 10:39:52
Your story is sooooo funny!!! Who in this world with brain comes to unknown places riding a bike???? Sorry but that sounds ridiculous!

ALL OVER THE WORLD there are crimes, there are unexpected things and things you are not used to.

When you wrote the articles it was 7 years ago. Things have changed in Guatemala.

And when you talk about kids looking at you..... come onnnnnnnnnnn this is they way a lot of people look tourists in the USA specially when we come from countries that have problems like Latin American countries or to arab people.

Guatemala is a virgin territory, and what you wanted to find? speed highways? noooo sir!!! As I told you, the country is a virgin land and in that is its beauty. If you don't want to find inconveniences, then stay in your territory and do not go to other places just to judge people because they are not like you.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-20 11:56:43
I agree with you, is a beautiful land. Still, there is conflict, But we'll get through. Peace will finally arrive
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Submitted by coolgreensky on 2007-09-20 19:08:34
Hey! Im from Guatemala and i dont understand why visitors always go to the worst areas!!! You should be carefull taking a bus, cause they arent the best drivers!!! Also u talk about dogs, and bad rodes... Is not like that in the city or the main places of each state.
Visitors should start visiting Antigua Guatemala, Panajachel, Tikal, Izabal. Visitors shouldnt go to that kind of places that are really far and dont have the main services (health, potable water, electricity, etc).
But i guess u had a reason to go there... Im right? Why u did u go there?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-21 17:51:05
Well, I've lived in Guatemala for more than 12 years now (originally from LA, but with guatemalan heritage)... and yes it is an interesting place... a variety of experiences, some being "unpleasant" for a few... But, mostly totally life changing for others! I'm of the later group...

Never jugde a book by its cover, don't Guatemala by what you hear of it; you totally need to see it with your own eyes.

If you want to get a partial feel of the country than stick to the safe "usual" sites... but it's only going further into the rural areas where you actually discover what it is in actuality; a rich culture with variety and views that are found no where else!
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Submitted by joshgt on 2007-09-22 02:47:13
Im from Guatemala, too. I know several of the main tourist places, like Antigua Guatemala, Atitlan Lake in Solola, Tikal National Park in Peten, Semuc Champey in Coban; Livingston, Punta de Palma, Rio Dulce, all them in Izabal. Each state that I have been, have the main services and in my opinion have excellent and comfort hotels, each place have other interest places to konw. The main roads of Guatemala are paved, for this rason is easy travel through them.
Guatemla has changed since this article was posted.
My advice is that come and visit Guatemala, for more info visit God bless U.
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Submitted by pancho on 2007-09-24 23:42:42
im from guatemala as well.
im not sure if this guy is actually complaining or being funny. if hes complaining, then he is out of his mind... cause traveling in a bike on roads 70k or longer would bring wining from almost anybody.
guatemala is a great country with so many different things that you will be surprised everyday. the roads are ok, unless you choose to go to places that dont have an ease access, just as ANY country in the world has... even in the country were this GRINGO comes from (i've seen them).
and to finish this comment... kids gather up to say hi, not to hit on you or steal you, so i dont understand the complaint... people are friendly and are welcoming.. but once again i dont understand if this gringo is complaining or just being confusingly funny.
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