The Long Way Round

Once we completed our last charters it was off to the other side of the world again – this time, and for the first time, South Korea. We had been asked to join a project there for 10 days and couldn’t turn down the opportunity. We had a few days to kill before we flew to Seoul so we decided to take the long way round, via Guatemala, to visit Melody and explore a bit more than the Rio and the marina.

The first stop was Flores, a tiny island town on a lake in the north east of Guatemala, close to the Belizean border. You can circumnavigate the island on foot in a mere 30min. Tiny indeed. The cobblestone streets are lined with colourful old buildings, many with obvious Spanish influence and most of them have beautiful decorative steel balustrades and intricate “spanish bars” over the windows.

There are many little hotels, you can find at least 3 on every street, and the malecon is lined with interesting restaurants and bars for every budget and palette. One of Rufus’ favourite things to do in each place we visit is try the street food. In the afternoons, local women set up stalls with colourful assortments of traditional dishes and desserts. We went back to those stalls twice and still had dinner afterwards!

It’s a beautiful little town and we have been back since. A great place to relax and get good food and cocktails, especially during happy hour 😉

happy hour! happy hour!

the local carpentry and handwoven fabrics are beautiful the local carpentry and handwoven fabrics are beautiful

delicious meals and generous portions to be had here, at budget friendly prices delicious meals and generous portions to be had here, at budget friendly prices

the best way to get around in Guatemala the best way to get around in Guatemala

love the colours! love the colours! a little more on the pricey side but definitely worth a visit to this restaurant a little more on the pricey side but definitely worth a visit to this restaurant their mojitos are a must their mojitos are a must

yay for street food! yay for street food!

sunset over the lake sunset over the lake

evening stroll back to our hotel evening stroll back to our hotel

2 Comments

  1. Karl
    September 2, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Whaaho, absolutely awesome Kate, the colours, the miriad of different foods… Lovely

    • kate brand
      September 2, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you, Karl 🙂 If you ever get a free moment from your hectic work schedule you should take a trip up here. We are about to do a 3 day motorbike trip to the pacific coast, to go surfing, and then up to Lake Atitlan – "the closest thing to Eden on earth". Will post those pics soon!

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