Central America Trip #67

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.


Today…Guatemala (north-bound) #6…


We departed Antigua and traveled through some beautiful farmlands, villages and mountains, and then crossed Chicoy Pass at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. Shortly thereafter, about, 3,000 feet below, we got our first look at Lake Atitlan, which author Alex Huxley claimed to be “the most beautiful lake in the world,” We dropped down about another 1,000 feet to the town of Solola, population about 43,000, which had very narrow streets, and which, we had a heck of a time getting through. Bob had to go backward and forward eight times in order to get around a corner. Then down a very steep and windy road, on which we dropped 2,000 feet in only five miles, to arrive at the town of Panajachel, on the shore of Lake Atitlan. Our guidebook calls this place a “gringo magnet,” but it also one of those “not to be missed” places. We ended up parking in a large lot of a hotel. Our rigs were about 200 feet away and 200 feet above the  lakeshore with a sweeping 180 degree view of the lake, and it was beautiful! It’s about 10 miles across and about 20 miles long. On the opposite shore were four inactive volcanos. We ended up spending seven days here…


As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…




A picturesque view of Lake Atitlan…




My parking spot…




From lake level you can see my motorhome in the upper parking lot…




Bob and I took the Bronco on a day trip to Chichicastenago, about 25 miles away. Known to the locals as “ChiChi”. This is an interesting play on words as “ChiChi’s” are also female breasts. We drove through some of the prettiest scenery of the entire trip on the way to ChiChi. ChiChi is an Indian village up in the mountains at an elevation of 6,000 feet, and it’s famous for its Thursday and Sunday markets. According to the guidebook, approximately 1,000 people live in town, but 20,000 Indians live in the hills nearby and flood the town for the Thursday and Sunday markets. On the way to ChiChi , never have I experienced such roads. Narrow and very steep with up to a 30% grade! That means for every 100 feet you go forward, you gain or lose 30 feet in elevation! With numerous 180 degree hairpin turns, it is quite the experience. Then, once you arrive, words cannot do the town justice! It can only be experienced, but I’ll try to describe it! There are two very old churches about 500 yards apart, facing each other. They may be the most worn,beat-up churches we have seen on this trip! In between the two churches it is VERY crowded, with about 1,000 vendors selling the most brilliantly colored items I’ve ever seen! Every time you turn your head, someone is shoving something in your face, trying to sell you something. The competition is fierce! If while I was there, I did not say, No, gracias,” 10,000 times, I didn’t say it once! At the same time, the people for the most part were friendly and polite. ChiChi cannot be described, it can only be experienced!…










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More ChiChi soon…


Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 80 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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