Corinto Nicaragua and Puerto Quetzal Guatemala

Saturday, January 13, 2018 the Westerdam docked in Corinto, Nicaragua. My tour started with a 90 minutes bus ride to the Ruins of León Viejo, one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. The settlement was abandoned in 1610 because of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and was rediscovered in 1967. Climbing a small hill provided an excellent view of the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Xolotlan.

After lunch, the bus drove to Leon to tour the Leon Cathedral, the largest church in Central America and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It was hot and humid day and it was great to re-board the Westerdam to have a late dinner, a refreshing shower and prepare for another long day touring Antigua, Guatemala.

The tour in Guatemala was arranged by Deb Roberts to visit Mayan quilters in San Antonia Aguas Calientes. On the ride to San Antonia, I saw the Fuego Volcano erupt.

Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes, is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua.

Mayan weaving loom

In Antigua, I was able to go inside the beautiful Iglesia de La Merced Church.

After touring Iglesia de La Merced, our group walked about 3 blocks on cobblestone streets to have lunch at a delightful outdoor terrace restaurant. After lunch, we walked a few more blocks on cobblestone streets to Jade Maya to see jade being polished and browse their lovely jewelry store.

Again, it was great to re-board the Westerdam and anticipate 2 days of relaxing Sue Spargo classes time.

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