We spent three wonderful weeks in Antigua and began wondering whether we’d ever leave. Eric came down with a stomach bug last week, which is why we weren’t able to get a video up. But he’s recovered and we are in a new location: stunning Lake Atitlán. In this week’s video, you’ll get to join Brittany for a paragliding flight high over Guatemala’s favorite lake.
Here’s the backstory. We were walking along the beach in Panajachel when I saw a wrapped truck from a paragliding company. I’ve been wanting to try paragliding for a while now, so I took a picture of the Whatsapp number on the truck. My (Brittany’s) timing worked out because my 35th birthday is this Sunday and Eric offered to gift a flight to me (thank you!).
I communicated with the company, Aguilas en Vuelo, and got all my questions answered (Aguilas en Vuelo means “eagles in flight”). The afternoon before I wanted to fly, I made my reservation. Aguilas en Vuelo’s online system wouldn’t accept my credit card for the deposit, but they said not to worry about it. I was able to pay in full at the office before my flight. The cost was Q.700, or roughly $91 USD.
If I say anymore, I’ll spoil the video! I will say that Lake Atitlán is an incredible place to experience your first paragliding flight, and my pilot made the process smooth and effortless.
We have been in Guatemala for a month now and have enjoyed every day (except maybe all the rain in Rio Dulce). The time has gone by quickly, and we’re conscious of the fact we only have two more months to get through all of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua because of the CA-4 visa. I could spend two more months in Guatemala, personally.
We’ll probably close out this week on Lake Atitlán, maybe spend my birthday here. We want to see the black volcanic beaches on the Pacific coast, and then we’ll probably be moving on to El Salvador. Yes, a lot of probablys. We don’t plan a ton and prefer to give ourselves room to pivot as we stumble upon places we love.