New #Shuttle Schedule from San Pedro la Laguna to Antigua

Shuttles from Casa Verde Tours depart at 5 AM (with connection to Lanquin from Antigua) and 9:30 AM. Also in Antigua, you can also pick up a shuttle to anywhere in Guatemala as well as Mexico and points south.

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Big Changes on Seventh Avenue in San Pedro

From one end of Seventh Avenue to the other, restaurants and bars have been shutting down, reopening or changing locations. Deep Blue Restaurant closed for keeps after only a few months across the street from Casa Atitlan. Next door, Taboo Bar has been shut for weeks and appears closed.

Down the street, Blue Parrot Bar and Grill will be closed until October. El Barrio Bar has reopened, with a new Mayan Cuisine night that has proved popular. Next door, Ventana Blue Restaurant has new hours, opening at 6 PM on Wednesday through Sunday.

The Deep End Bar and Pool closed permanently, but the same crew is doing Smokin’ Joes’ Sunday BBQ at another pool near the end of Seventh Avenue. We’ll have a full report tomorrow.

And The Clover Restaurant reopened under new management. But without Paul, the founder, Clover is not what it used to be and has turned into a ghost town that we can no longer recommend.

#EarthquakeGuatemala July 7 2014

Today’s earthquake in Guatemala was epientered near the Mexico border city of Tapachula and felt from Mexico City to El Salvador. At #Atitlan, the earthquake, “Sounded like a freight train rolling down Volcan San Pedro and headed straight for my house,” said one retiree living in San Pedro la Laguna. “It was like it everything was in slow motion, then it hit by house. When the house started shaking, I rand for the door.”

Residents of San Marcos la Laguna reported things falling off shelves and other damage. More severe damage and deaths occurred closer to the border, especially in San Marcos, Huehuetengano, which was hit by a 7.5 earthquakes in 2012.

Boulders and landslides are being cleared from the roads, but shuttles are still running between San Pedro and Antigua. For more news, see Lake Atitlan News.