My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. So I feel well-qualified in declaring that Guatemalan cafes have the best breakfast food in the world. The entire world, you ask? What about Belgium? What about their famous waffles? Or Benedict Land where eggs benedict come from? Surly, a tiny country at the top of Central America can't claim to have the best meals of the morning out of every country on the planet, you might protest.
Well, I'm here to say it can! Not long after sunrise, the Wayfinder cast and crew hit up a breakfast buffet that was beyond delectable. We gorged ourselves on a never-ending supply of organic granola, fresh yogurt, fruit salad, fluffy pancakes, meaty sausages and bacon strips, crispy potatoes and scrambled eggs. Ice cold juices and dark, rich cups of coffees were quaffed, and I believe somebody even had an espresso. With all that said, I can't help but think how grueling it's going to be going back to the land of processed crap food that is the U.S.
Which brings us to dessert. Right after our sumptuous meal, we piled into the van, headed out of Antigua and onto a careening, swerving and rather nauseating mountainous road for the next two hours. It felt like a Guatemalan roller coaster ride designed to rob me of any chance to nap. With our stomachs filled to the brim, we rolled up hills, down through valleys and around through hairpin curve after hairpin curve.
Luckily, no one got sick. And I quickly realized the entire hellride was worth it the moment we arrived at Lake Atitlan. We pulled up to a roadside lookout and my jaw just dropped. It was like seeing heaven. Only more real.
Seriously, I don't think I can accurately describe in a blog post the beauty of what I saw. But here's a college try: seeing Lake Atitlan for the first time from that lookout was like standing on the precipice of infinity. The panoramic view extends in all directions and is populated by every kind of landscape detail you can find in Guatemala: farms, hills, cities, volcanoes, water and an unbelievably clear sky. If it wasn't serenity come to life, I don't know what could be.