With my in-laws still in town, DiploMom and I were able to enjoy a night away in Antigua – our first ever night away from DiploTot. We had a wonderful time and were very impressed with our room and the Hotel Cirilo. The hotel is a tranquil retreat and was built amongst the ruins of a colonial church.
We made our first visit to the beach this weekend, as we headed south out of the city to the Pacific coast. The beach scene on the Pacific isn’t all that touristy or built up, but it provided a nice change of scenery and some good time to relax. We stayed in a great condo complex that has an incredible pool, which is key in deciding where to stay. The waves and undertow are quite strong along the Pacific coast, so we weren’t in the water, save for walking along the shore in the morning, which is why a great pool is definitely needed.
All this time with the great weather in Guatemala City and the Western Highlands has gotten me quite spoiled. It was strange to be down at the coast where the temps were in the low 90s. I’m definitely gotten a bit soft after all this time away from Houston heat.
We only ventured out on Saturday for lunch to a town, Monterrico, about 20 minutes further down the road from where we were staying. This is the “largest” town along the shore and it made for a tasty meal and DiploTot enjoyed making a turtle friend.
A great time was had by all. The drive is only around two hours and the road is much straighter, which made for a nice change from the curvy roads to the lake.
We finally managed to make it over to the La Aurora Zoo a few weekends back. The zoo is less than 10 minutes away, and with the beautiful weather here, it is a wonder we hadn’t made the visit sooner.
We were very impressed with the zoo. It was larger than I would have expected and it had a great diversity of animals, including a relatively new exhibit of penguins, which residents have been going nuts over since they arrived.
There was lots of pointing going on throughout our visit.
So much to see, don’t slow me down!
Here’s DiploTot making friends with random Guatemalans again. She climbed right up next to them and even got a bit of the pastry the daughter was eating.