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JARDINES DE LA ALAMEDA -
Miembros
PROYECTO DE JARDINIZACIÓN DE LA ALAMEDA SANTA LUCIA

LA ANTIGUA
JARDINES DE LA ALAMEDA
Junio 2007   176 Jardines
... Guatemala's main daily, Prensa Libre, published a story about the Alameda Santa Lucia project,
calling it "Street of flowers in the City of Roses"

Miembros  - Members
PROYECTO DE JARDINIZACIÓN DE LA ALAMEDA SANTA LUCIA

LA ANTIGUA


... Antigua's English monthly, REVUE published a story in October 2006


Apartments for rent
 

Easter
Semana Santa

Carpets ... photos
Processions ... animated sequences

House 2006
Photos 2003
Baths 2002
Kitchens 2002
Fireplaces 2002
Fountain 2006
Guest Apt 2004
NYC to Antigua trip 2002

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In February 2002 ... we took 12 days to move from New York City to Antigua, almost 4,000 miles, in a big tractor-trailer that we bought for the one-way trip.  Of that time, however, only 6 days actually on the road - 3 days were dealing with Mexican customs paperwork at McAllen, TX and 3 days dealing with Guatemalan customs, papers and "administrative payments", staying at Tapachula, Mexico and the El Carmen border crossing.

We safely made it, door-to-door, thanks to Jorge's driving and customs-handling skills.  There are some large pictures below ... click on any small photo to see a larger image.

February 2002:  on the road to Antigua, with our new truck, this is in New Jersey

We're moving to Antigua !  Plan to visit us !

... in Ohio

In Ohio, enroute to Guatemala, it was COLD ...

... nice breakfast at a truck stop, Veracruz, Mexico

 ... but near Veracruz, Mexico, it was getting warmer


... heading south into Chiapas, Mexico

In Chiapas, southern Mexico, there are over 250 miles of spectacular scenery.  I wish we had stopped to take more photos.


We were the last in the line at 9 a.m. but did cross it by lunchtime Sunday.  We left the border into Guatemala on Tuesday afternoon, after a lot of paperwork was done.

South of Tapachula, we drove to the Talisman, Mexico/El Carmen, Guatemala border crossing.  But so did lots of other people, some moving used cars, used school buses, some slept in their trucks overnight to make sure they'd be first the cross the next morning.  We crossed fast enough, but then negotiated with Guatemalan customs that we REALLY were moving a household full of our stuff into the country.
 


Jorge in Mexico and Tomas in Guatemala, but we had to spend a couple of nights here before we made it across with the truck !

Talisman, Mexico / El Carmen, Guatemala border crossing. 
It took us 2-1/2 days to get the paperwork done to move the truck...


... we got to know the Tapachula and El Carmen area quite well.  The Guatemalan banking system is impressive, the bank in Antigua sent us money, in minutes, to pay fees.

... but finally we made it into Guatemala, after some taxes and "administrative fees" were paid.  Almost home !


... lovely weather and beautiful Guatemala scenery, almost home in Antigua ... the highway from Escuintla to Guatemala City.  Antigua is just the other side of Volcano Agua.

During the wait time on the border, I bought a car, and then followed the truck home. 
Here we are just below Volcano Agua, arriving in Antigua. 
Look at our house photos. 
And the last word on the trip ... the tractor sold to a local textile company, the trailer to a Guatemala-Panama trucking business, within four weeks of arrival in Antigua, recouping much of the cost of the big move. If you plan a similar trip, you can repeat it and get an almost-free move.

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