Posts Tagged ‘swimming’

How About Swimming in Guatemala City?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Swimming-in-Guatemala-City-by-Hugo-Muralles

Guatemalan athletes seem to be having a recent boom in all kinds of disciplines and I just think that in a country so small like ours, this spreads and inspire a lot of people faster than a bigger city. Just to mention a few of them: Mirna Ortiz, Mayra Herrera, Erick Barrondo. Eli has covered a lot of activity with biking and hiking in Guatemala City, but what about swimming?

The cheapest option in Guatemala City probably would be the olympic pool at San Carlos University, is open to the public and I hear it’s not expensive. But I guess if you’re serious about it, you can always consider to enroll in the official national institution: National Federation of Swim, Diving and Water Polo.

There’s always gyms, probably the most expensive of all the options but if you need flexibility related to the location or schedule, this is your best option.

I ignore the exact definition of “open waters” but since Guatemala it’s a country with so many natural resources, I’m sure (and I’ve heard of this) several lakes in the country are used to train this discipline.  In the picture above, a guy swimming in the Lake Petén Itzá.  I hear there’s fear to overcome when swimming in open waters, and from all my fears, this is the greatest one, I think.  Maybe I’ll do a few interviews related to this discipline in the future.

Snorkeling

Monday, September 16th, 2013

I was just able to rescue my waterproof camera’s photos and these are worth sharing. This is so far my favorite snorkeling trip here in Guatemala. I spent a few days in El Remate, a small town en route to Tikal National Park. This town is lovely, there are some good restaurants in the area, souvenir shops, and my favorite: the town is on the shores of Lago Peten Itza. The Water is clear blue, in fact; the water is so clean, so pure, you might crave drinking it. I grabbed my snorkeling gear and went for a dive. I was trying to find Mayan Artifacts on the bottom and indeed I did! I found couple of pieces of ceramics. There are some interesting rock formation there too, I’ll go back to them soon. While I was snorkeling, a group of local children arrived at the pier and starting jumping off. Chances favor the prepared mind! I had not planned for this, I point my camera at the right moment when a child dove in front of me and I captured the moment perfectly.
While snorkeling, these schools of tiny and curious fish would follow me every where. Lucky them I was not craving sushi.
snorkeling