La Barona Turtles

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Guatemala

I took the Ferry back out from Hawaii (20Q this time) and headed over to La Barona which is a border town with El Salvador. The ride was supposed to be only about 2-3 hours with a couple of breaks. I was told that the bridge was down to get into town but there were lanchas that could get you across for a small fee. I got to the broken bridge and yes, the lanchas could get the smaller bikes across but not my giant tank.

After talking to a few locals, they told me that if I crossed over into El Salvador, there’s a small back road with only a check stop that I can take back into Guatemala and therefore avoid the bridge. It was my only choice so I had to cross.

Crossing into El Salvador is pretty easy but you have to be patient. I think it took about 3 hours. By the time I was on the other side, it was dark so I had to find a place to sleep. Stayed at another drive-in hotel for 14$ a night including 2 cold beers that came with the room. If I were interested, I got also offered “special services” for 20$.

The next morning, I found the small back road. At the check stop, the army guys just looked at my bike and asked me where I was from. I told them Canada, and without even taking my helmet off or getting my papers checked, I was back in Guatemala and 15 minutes later in La Barona.

Ferry ride back out of Hawaii

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In La Barona, a couple of the local guys, Evar and his buddy, took me out fishing in a small lancha.

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Our lancha was about the same size as this one

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Some awesome views of the lagoon

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As we were heading back with the lancha, I saw a couple of the other volunteers in a bigger lancha with a motor. They invited me on board so I went for a second boat ride. It turns out that the local drug lord who’s also running for mayor was taking out some “important” people on a short boat ride to impress them.

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The local town bus in La Barona

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Their park

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Our food the next day

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He was one happy guy we were cutting the chicken

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Some guys hanging by the street

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A few steps down, the local drug lord’s propaganda in the hopes of getting more votes from the locals

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Sunset before releasing turtles

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Rachel and some kids getting the lil guys out of the hatchery.

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Release time

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On the 24th, Nando, our host and person in charge of the hatchery, took us out on a small trip in his lancha.

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Showed us a lil hidden pathway

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Local school

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Kids sit on this

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Cute lil guy

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Older dead turtle we found on the beach

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Where there’s death, there’s also new life

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Comments
  1. Lori says:

    Wonderful images. The pelican and turtles are just so striking! Glad the border crossings were easy, but horrible that you had to take the long way around.

    • pimptrix says:

      Hey Lori! Thanks for checking out the blog and for the comments on the images! I wouldn’t say that it was “horrible”… just part of the adventure. I can now say that I illegally crossed and stayed in a Central American country! 🙂

  2. JUDITA says:

    We wish you a ” Happy new year! ” and all your dreems will came true.

  3. katia says:

    Hrusha’s picture that’s an HDR picture? or just aperture? it’s soo cute…

  4. Vlad says:

    Salut! Ce mai faci? Cum te simti? Vad ca esti in Honduras. N-ai mai pus poze. Aici e f frig, de mai bine de 1 saptamana maxima zilei e -20…asta in caz ca ti-e dor sau te bate vreun gand. Drum bun si ai grija de tine.

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