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Tuesday 17th October 2006

A Weekend in Monterrico

Last weekend a group of us went to Monterrico for Sat and Sunday and it turned out to be good times! Monterrico is on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and is about 3 hours away by shuttle bus. On arrival we were greeted by an entourage of local kids who I suspected may be trying to steal our wallets but turned out to be just friendly kids. We found a cheap hotel and headed straight for the beach. I was a little disappointed to discover black sand and a messy shore break as I was hoping to maybe rent a surfboard. The surf was quite big so we did a bit of body surfing and chilled on the beach. We then headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool, some fresh coconuts and a delicious seafood dinner. That night we went on a turtle tour and were fortunate enough to witness a large tortoise laying eggs on the beach. We waited till she finished and escorted her back into the ocean before collecting the eggs to take them to a sanctuary. She laid 115 eggs in all, what a mission. A few beers at a nice little bar on the beach and we were ready for bed!

The next morning we met up with our guide again to take the eggs to the sanctuary but he did a shifty on us and tried to sell half the eggs on the way. We were right on his case and managed to get all the eggs back and delivered safely to the centre. Makes you realise how desperately poor these people are, they´ll do anything for a quick buck!




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