IRTRA MUNDO PETAPA GUATEMALA

Mis sobrinos querían que yo conociese IRTRA Mundo Petapa así que nos quedamos un día más en Guatemala para ir. IRTRA significa Instituto de Recreación de los Trabajadores y es una línea de parques de diversiones a lo largo del país a los que se puede acceder con una misma membresía.

El Mundo Petapa tiene la ventaja de quedar en la ciudad, por lo que armar un viaje para visitarlo es de un mismo día, se puede no madrugar y se puede llegar temprano a casa. Dependiendo del número de personas en el parque y las filas que se tengan que hacer.

Nosotros decidimos levantarnos sin alarmas, arreglarnos para ir con tiempo y manejar con cuidado. Recuerdo que cuando yo estaba de extranjera en México mi aplicación para conocer en dónde andaba era una combinación de Foursquare y Google Maps. Mi prima me contó con orgullo que ella usa Waze. 🙂 Me da pesar que yo no se la recomendé pero me enternece que yo sea la persona a la que le cuenta este tipo de logros con orgullo.

Cuando nos íbamos asomando al lugar, solo se me vino un recuerdo a la mente: EL TELEFÉRICO DE SAN JACINTO. Era EL parque que estaba abierto todo el año en San Salvador, era EL parque de diversiones al que yo iba cada 3 semanas, era EL parque de mi infancia y ahora ese parque ya no está. De hecho, por curiosidad fui a buscar fotos recientes y se me ha hecho un nudo en la garganta al ver el abandono en el que cayó.

Cuando íbamos entrando, me di cuenta que mis sobrinos iban a tener EL parque de su infancia en su memoria, porque aunque no lograron conocer el de San Jacinto, han visitado al Mundo Petapa tantas veces que ya tienen un mapa mental del lugar en sus cabecitas.

Fuimos muy astutos al ir en un día de oficina porque estaba solo. Si habían 50 almas en el lugar entero eran muchas. Así que teníamos 0 cola que hacer, 0 minutos que esperar y muchas ruedas por visitar. Nos logramos subir dos veces a cada una. Una mis sobrinos y su mamá y otra mis sobrinos y yo. ¡Ellos se divirtieron a lo grande!

Una de las cosas que me gustó de IRTRA Mundo Petapa y que, francamente me arregló de mi experiencia en Guatemala, es que tiene un zoológico privado interno en el que, como no había casi nadie en todo el lugar, pude admirar en primera fila a muchos animales que me faltaron cuando visité el Zoológico La Aurora.

Me había quedado esa espinita porque por donde vieras había mares y mares de gente y quedarte a admirar un ratito la naturaleza del animal no era opción. Sin embargo, en Mundo Petapa lo logré y me gustó muchísimo la experiencia. Además, quizás por ir un poco tardecita y estar el sol más suavecito, los animales estaban más a la vista que cuando fui a La Aurora.

Ahora, la nueva espinita es que no me logré subir a la Chicago, o la noria, porque llegué justo cuando la última vuelta estaba en función. Ya no podían subir a más personas y me quedé con las ganas de disfrutar ese viaje. Esa noria se veía tan pacífica que tenías el presentimiento de poder hablar de filosofía mientras tomabas el té al mismo tiempo que admirabas el lugar.

Caso contrario las norias que suelen poner en los parques temporales aquí, no solo estás girando, sino que la góndola se mece demasiado y el chillido de las estructuras metálicas te hace preguntarte por qué pensaste que era una buena idea subirte en primer lugar.

Pero vamos, que una espinita como esa no es nada comparada con lo mucho que me divertí. En realidad, mis sobrinos sí me conocen y sabían que yo iba a disfrutar mucho del parque.

El día no podía terminar de otra forma más que con un regreso a casa jugando a golpearnos cada vez que veíamos un Volkswagen en la carretera. ❤

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La selfie en el baño es de rigor. ¿Te fijaste lo espacioso y LIMPIO que es un baño público en Guatemala? Además ¡olía rico!
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El cabello de mi sobrina es GOALS. Es súper grueso, LISO NATURAL y brillante.
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Mi cabello colocho también es lindo. Haha, selfie mientras esperamos el almuerzo.
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Teníamos el parque para nosotros solos. No hacíamos colas, dábamos las vueltas que quisiéramos en las ruedas que quisiéramos en los asientos que quisiéramos. Este es un dragón rojo y es parecido a un gusanito en El Salvador, solo que es más rápido.
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El ratón loco es similar a el juego de las tazas que dan vueltas (rotan en un eje y giran respecto a un punto) combinado con una montaña rusa. ¡De verdad era un ratón loco!
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Dentro de IRTRA hay hermosas construcciones como ésta. No sé si será un museo o una oficina o una recepción o el lugar dónde tengan guardado el récord de las personas que visitan el parque pero es bellísimo.
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Y también hay jardines hermosos.
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El parque está dividido en sectores y hay uno donde están los dinosaurios. Me subí en tres toboganes de dinosaurios y hasta después me di cuenta que había restricción de edad, ¡jajaja!
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Igual no me impidió meterme en el huevo columpio para tomarme la respectiva foto del recuerdo.
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Si algo me encantó de IRTRA fue que me quitó el mal sabor de boca del Zoológico La Aurora, el zoo está muy bien, pero había tanta gente que no pude disfrutar ni ver a los animales de cerca. Fue una sorpresa para mí saber que había un zoológico privado en IRTRA Mundo Petapa y, ya que fuimos un día que no había muchas personas y casi todos están en oficina, pues pude verlos a todos en primera fila.
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Un gusto conocerte avestruz bebé.
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Algunos pavos reales andan afuera como si no fuera la gran cosa y me encanta saber que se sienten seguros en un lugar donde suelen caminar muchos humanos y que esos humanos respeten su vida.
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Anda viendo los otros animales como si fuera uno de nosotros.
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La manita del monito me da ternura.
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¿Es un gavilán o un águila? Igual está súper lindo.
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Una nutria comiendo en su islita de rocas.
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Los pavos reales son los dueños del lugar, en serio andan donde quieren.
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Me costó encontrar un pavo que tuviera su cola extendida.
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Y se dio la vuelta para darme la parte en la que no se ven los colores.
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Pero mi sobrina hizo sonidos para llamar su atención.
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Y logré capturarlo en foto, ¡al fin! La última vez que vi uno fue en México cuando Ana me llevó al Museo Dolores Olmedo en Xochimilco, Ciudad de México.
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¡Y habían venaditos en IRTRA!
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¡Muchos venaditos descansando! Descansan como los gatitos.
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IRTRA Mundo Petapa es un lugar que es más que juegos mecánicos, atrás de mí hay una piscina. Al final, IRTRA es entretenimiento, juegos mecánicos, club, comedor, ¡es de todo! ¿¡qué no es!?
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Había un juego mecánico que es una canoa en la que NO hay seguros, la barra donde agarrarse es súper lisa y la única manera de seguir dentro de la canoa es abrirse como si una fuera a dar a luz y hacer presión con las extremidades en las paredes internas de la canoa. Pues siendo yo alta no es tanto el problema, ¡el problema es que ese juego es para más de 5 persona! ¡Y en mi canoa íbamos tres! Y COMO YO ERA LA GANOSA DE SUBIRME me pusieron al frente y ¡BUM! Recibí todo el chapuzón de agua yo. Porque la canoa va en un riel como si fuese una mini montaña rusa. Pasando el temor de “ir sin seguridad”, está muy divertida la canoa.
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Se me ocurrió la grandiosa idea de subirnos al trencito para secarnos después de la canoa. Al final no sé si fue buena idea porque pasa por un túnel oscuro y hay muchas cosas de miedo.
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¡Esta hermosa noria me quedó pendiente en el parque! Después de secarnos en el trencito, salí corriendo para ver si la alcanzaba y, aunque todavía estaba en funcionamiento, ya no dejaban subir a nadie. Estaban terminando esa vuelta y, pues, sufrí un poquito porque quería tener la noción de ver TODO el parque de forma tranquila y armar el mapita en mi cabeza del lugar.
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Pero descubrí la vista superior del trencito.
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Y casi tiene el código de mi país.
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Desde este punto se puede ver algunos juegos importantes. Ese gran faro que se ve ahí es la atracción principal. No sé cómo se llama así que le diré cohete por ahora. Ese cohete sube y baja a grandes velocidades y se queda un tiempo en lo más alto, y justo cuando creés que todo va a estar más tranquilo, ¡te jala lo más que puede para abajo! Es similar a uno que hay en Six Flags México.
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Sí, me subí a eso y lo peor es que no había nadie a la par mía. Mi prima y yo nos subimos con la idea de llevarnos un buen recuerdo de las ruedas más yucas. El detalle fue que como solo nos íbamos a subir las dos a toda la rueda, nos pusieron diametralmente para hacer equilibrio del peso en la rueda. ¡Así que nos fuimos solas!
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La placita de antesala a los juegos es un hermoso paisaje para decir adiós. Además, le pusieron unas pascuas hermosas que van acorde a la época.
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La última vista a los juegos. Me despide un hermoso atardecer de Guatemala. ¡Mañana salimos para la casa!
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Family means you are part of something beautiful and bigger.

A family means you are part of something beautiful and bigger. It means you’ll love and be loved forever.

-What are you doing?
-I’m turning on my laptop to check some emails and…
-No, you’re not. Get ready because I’m showing you the place.
-Aw, you’re gonna be my tour guide!
-Yes, but get ready before 3pm because I’ll hang out with my friends at 4:30pm, deal?
-Deal!

My nephew, Marcelo, is one of the most sweet guys out there! Even though he’s a teenager and is facing all the struggles that comes with that age, he’s super sweet when he’s around.

That’s the reason I try not to embarrass him in front of his friends.

Another thing I like about my nephew is that, he tries to understand my world. He asks a lot about working out, he wants to go with me to the gym, he wants to know what some movies mean, he wants my opinion on some things he’s heard and, last but not least, he wants me to help him with math.

I don’t want to brag here but, when we’re together I feel like I’m one of his favorites aunts.

I know I’m not the only one, haha! I know when he’s with other aunts, they feel the same way.

If my nephews had teach me something in life is to not being selfish. I always thought I needed to be the only one at anything, but with them I learned how to share. In this case, I’m sharing the title of the favorite aunt with all of my cousins, because, you know what? We all love him and he loves us, back.

Because that’s what family means. It means you are part of something beautiful and bigger. It means you’ll love and be loved forever.

Here I’m sharing a couple of pictures I took when he was showing me around! He shared with me his favorite spots and what they mean to him. He also showed me a critical space when you could see a lake and also was by my side when I wanted to see some doggos at their window waiting for their owners.

They’re so cute! ❤

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14 reasons to choose a travel agency and never plan a trip again!

This was the first time I traveled with a travel agency and what happened was not expected.

I only knew 2 types of trips.

  • The trip that had an agenda because I was visiting a new country as an athlete and someone else had planned everything for me.
  • The trip that was not planned at all, just happened for the sake of moving my body anywhere else and discover new places from there.

But I happened to knew a third type: the trip I paid for someone else to plan it and create an agenda so my body can still be moved anywhere else and admire new places.

Sounds like fun! Believe me, sometimes, investing a little extra for someone else to take care of the details is better than trying to make everything yourself, specially when the people you’re paying are making this for a living and you happen to be so tired from working/studying for +10 months non-stop.

It was my first time traveling like this, so I really expect the basics:

  • Transportation and security from my city to the destination.
  • Pretty landscapes I can’t admire at my own country. 
  • Comfy seats so I can sleep on the road. 

But the travel agency I chose, went far beyond that.

They asked for my ID to fill the papers themselves two days before the trip. As this was never happened to me before, I was a little suspiscious and took the photo but hide my signature. I figured they only needed my ID number and my full name, so.

They asked us to reunite near a well known mall in the city. It wasn’t a busport or an airport but it was a public place we were all familiar with and that gave me confidence.

They called us by our names to get on the transportation. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but, order in the trip was guaranteed with this very detail and in every stop, they made sure everybody who say “here!” in the morning, was still there during the day.

They gave us a snack for the trip, that was big enough to distribute during the day. Two sandwiches, peanuts, cookies and a juice.

They made all the papers to cross the border, we didn’t need to get off the transportation at all. The police officer just went to our transportation, took all our papers, looked at us and let us go!

They paid all the tickets to get in the pretty places. We didn’t make any effort to get in the pretty places, I basically slept in the road and woke up whenever we landed in a new place.

They took us pictures during the trip, this way we didn’t have only selfies to show and, of course, they have material to show how amazing their trips are in their social media channels!

They gave us enough liberty to know all the places at our own pace. You didn’t have to be with everyone else if you didn’t want to, you have certain period of time to admire the place and then, you should meet everybody in the exit.

They waited for every single one of us, even if they were 10 minutes late to the transportation. It happened to me that I went for Nutella crêpes at Oakland Mall and noticed I had like 5 minutes left to go out. I started walking myself out of the mall and got lost, like every store there looked the same and couldn’t find the exit quickly like I thought I would. When I finally found it, 15 minutes later (yes, the mall it was that big!), they were waiting for me and told me I have nothing to worry about because they’re gonna wait for me!

They made a raffle when we were heading back home. And I won a pair of audiophones! Funny thing is, in that morning I said to Sari: Oh, no! I forgot my audiophones and I won’t listen to music in the whole trip. 😦 But at the end of the day, I had a brand new pair to enjoy my way back!

They gave us more promos and discounts for next trips, because they know it’s more likely for a happy customer to buy something else in the future than to gain a new customer.

I think for my first trip with a travel agency this is not a bad treatment, in fact, is more than what I expected, so much more than what I expected. This is why I wanted to share the things I found out this travel agency offers.

I believe in good feelings and they made me feel good, they cared for every single one of us, they planned everything for every single one of us, they created good experience for every single one of us. This is the only reason I’m sharing this. Because good companies need to be known. 

Look, I’m not getting anything to write this, in fact they don’t even know I’m writing this, and probably will never know but I really think that every single one of you would like to be treated this good in a trip and I just happened to know one travel agency that does treat you this good.

If you ever want to travel in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica), consider checking Turisteando SV packages! They publish new packages like every 2 weeks.

Here you have their Instagram and Facebook if you want to take a look!

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Paseo Cayalá, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Paseo Cayalá is a dream made a city.

I want to confess something: I don’t like to search for pictures of the places I’m goint to travel to. It feels like ruining the surprise for me. I like to fall in love at first sight with the places. That’s what happened with Paseo Cayalá.

The only things I knew about it was the things I heard, like it was beautiful and you feel like walking in Europe and, of course, it was expensive to live in (yes, you can live in Paseo Cayalá, because it also has residences behind the mall and those houses were to die for!).

But heard about it and observe it by myself are two different sensations. And, sometimes, I like it better when I know nothing about that place and blind-fall in love with it. It gives me the space to imagine stories that happened there and to admire it unconditionally.

So, when we got to Paseo Cayalá, the first thing I asked myself was: What is this place? It looked so green and buildings so white. The only flowers adding some color to the view were hydrangeas, anything else had a pattern of white, brown and green.

The streets were rustic, or that made you feel, full of flat stones so your feet won’t hurt when walking. There were a lot of buildings, white buildings, with a lot of stores in them. The windows were tall and big. Every building, even though we already knew it was a mall, appeared like a house.

There were only like 2 buildings in the mall area that weren’t like the others. One with some stairs and columns in it and the other that was a catholic church. We went to the church first, we wanted to get a mass there but, we had back luck that day and found it closed.

We decided to go to the Farmers Market in the middle of Paseo Cayalá and bought some coconut water.

Then, we went back to the other building that was different and noticed it had some amazing details like corncobs at the top of every column. I figured it had to do something with culture.

We went up the stairs and saw from there, there was a huge garden where there was a lot of movement, white chairs and white tables and a lot of people running all over the place, I figured it had to do with a wedding.

We left for our last stop the Cayalá Giant, which is a marble sculpture of a giant laid on the ground.

The place was so gorgeous and so thematic I thought it has to have some history! In the way back home, I was thinking if that was an historic place who then, someone, transformed in this gorgeous city. They might used the structures and renew some things to give it a decadent look but as chic as this era. I imagined a lot of things, so many things that when I got back to my house, I needed to find out some more about Paseo Cayalá’s history.

And here is the only disappointment I got from this place: Paseo Cayalá has no history behind it, it was build to be this way. There was no family in there before, there is no old structures used to make it look this way, there was no history. It was a bummer for sure, such an interesting place with no history looks like a disappointment.

But then I thought that was even better! See, this place was an empty space before, and it took 10 years to create it just with the purpose of creation and movement, they gave it this feeling of old city made new, just because they wanted to. They created something from nothing. There was no history there, it is written today!

As a writer I tend to forget that not every piece has to have a history, sometimes I just could describe what’s in there without telling a story and that’s a piece of work and that’s ok.

As a creator, I tend to forget that I have the permission to create something just for the sake of create it, just for the sake of it to be beautiful.

As a person, I tend to forget I don’t need to have a story to tell but I’m writing history with my actions every day!

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Farmers Market, Paseo Cayalá, Guatemala City, Guatemala

We also went to Paseo Cayalá, and even though I’ll post a little bit more about it later, I want to show some pictures of the Farmers Market, first!

It’s imperative for me to do this, because I really love to see the inventions of local creators! This was special because it was inside of a luxurious mall. And it was more than special when I could see that the product were most homemade as any market in the world.

We found jellies, like 50 flavors of them, cheesecakes, mexican food (because everybody anywhere wants to have a good mexican taco!) and treats. But also found things that weren’t food, like lamps, cups, glasses, soaps, sponges, home accesories and a lot of mini Santas ready to make your house feel Christmasy!

I really loved the autoctone feeling of the market. It felt like we were in another dimension and then, back to reality when we were out the market and saw the amazing buildings at Paseo Cayalá.

To be honest, I didn’t know there was a Farmers Market in Paseo Cayalá, so, I didn’t go with the mindset of buying something there. I just wanted to look. Everything was so colorful, I had to look. I enjoy visiting these kind of markets because I reassure myself everything made with love and purpose is sellable. Everything made by a creator will have value for someone else. There’s a market for everybody. There’s a market for every product. 

As a creator myself, I constantly need this kind of inspiration and confidence to be reminded. If you take the time, you could find a lot of proof to release your doubts and get to work. We all need this kind of answers every once in a while!

I just wanted to look but at the end, I had to buy a little thing I couldn’t resist! Can you guess what was it? 🙂

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