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Jul 8, 2012 - Semuc Champey

Well after about 3 weeks in San Pedro it was time to say goodbye.I was actually supposed to say goodbye about 3 days ago but my arm was twisted to stay a few days longer,but today was my day to go.San Pedro is a fun place to be.There’s a little something for everyone,but the nightlife here will take it’s toll on you after a few weeks.The food is great,the booze is cheap,and the place is full of great people,so it was hard to say goodbye. After my last late night I had an 8:30am bus to catch for my 14 hour journey to Semuc Champey.I was to...

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Hola Mis Amigos!

Feb 3, 2011 - Lanquin, Semuc Champey

The 1st Feb we had an 8 hour shuttle bus trip to Lanquin. It turns out a shuttle bus is a van that they cram 12+ people into, with no air con and no leg room. Brendan was ridiculously uncomfortable and I was lucky enough to sit next to a couple who spent the entire bus trip touching each other inappropriately...luckily there was another group of Aussies and Swedes on the bus and we formed a group that travelled around together for the next couple of stops. We got to Lanquin and found an amazing river front resort (El Retiro) where we had...

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Feb 3, 2011 - Flores, Tikal, Lanquin: Guatemala

FLORES We arrived fairly late in this tiny little town called Flores. It has bright houses and buildings and cobbled streets and feels very European. The town is situated on an island in the middle of a lake and is very small- we walked around it in about 20 min! After arriving and getting settled and showered we joined up with our friend Stuart (Dutch) for a super chilled dinner on the lake’s edge. A note about the showers: this was our first experience with what Stuart calls “electric shock showers” which means that there are two cables...

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Jan 30, 2011 - Semuc Champey

It was a long way and several bus connections to our next destination, so we took the easy way out with a tourist shuttle which picks you up from your hostel. Even so it took 6 or 7 hours to get to Semuc Champey, via a place called Sayaxche, where we had to cross the river. You can imagine our dismay as we saw the “ferry” crossing over to collect us! Fortunately the crossing passed without event and we made it to Lanquin where we transferred into a 4WD vehicle for the rest of the journey. This is stunning countryside, very rural, and...

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Ruddles' Travels

Sep 12, 2010 - Coban (2) - Guatemala

September 11, 2010 Today I drove from Playa Grande to Coban. I left Playa Grande at 6:30 and arrived in Coban around 11:30. The road was very very rough. 1st and 2nd gear – at most. The weather was sunny and HOT and you guessed it – humid! In Coban, I am staying at the same place Cara and I stayed went we were here last. Last night, in Playa Grande I got the worst case of bed bugs I have ever had. My back, sides, upper arms and hips are littered with welts as are the backs of my legs. Any part of me that touched the bed. They are very...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Coban, Guatemala

August 15, 2010 We are in Coban and will spend the day resting and getting caught up on emails and I have to make a few calls. Yesterday was entertaining to say the least. We left Nebaj around 9am and went the proper (paved) way south towards Sacapulas. When we got to the ‘T’ intersection I turned the wrong way and went 15km’s before I asked for directions. We wore our rain gear because all reports say that it’s always rainy in Coban. Wearing rain gear makes for some hot riding as there is no air flow. We rode east through Uspantan and the...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Semuc Champey

Met Claudia (lady our age from Argentina!) driving overland from Pategonia to (hopefully) Alaska on her own at 60 w/ her dog. Tour incl Beau from Ohio on 1st overseas experience. Countryside steep mtns, coffee, corn, and cardamom plants (all shipped to India/Asia)much clear cutting/wood collecting on steep/cleared hillsides. Road 2 hours to Lanquin-last 11 km on updown gravel 1 lane road twist turning. Caves were a bust, very dead, dirty, brown stalagmites/tites. However, 10 km further our visit to Semuk Champey (local Indian dialect for...

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Mar 5, 2010 - Coban

All day - bus 2 hrs late thru rain forest, then up into desert plateau, then finally up into mountain pines. To El Rancho for colectivo to Coban...got in past 4, too late for last bus to Lanquin. Taxi driver was nice enuf to take us to Casa Luna Hostel where at 1st the manager said no room but after calling Lanquin and finding out there were no rooms there so the 8 pm shuttle (very expensive!) would not do us any good...suddenly he remembered a dbl bed that was empty in the dorm where he´'d charge us 30q ea. Perfect since I had a headache,...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Coban & Semuc (dennis and debra's visit!)

Dennis and debra came to visit guatemala on Saturday 25 April. The flight was delayed but we still managed to see a whole lot. They rented a car and within an hr we were on our way to the town of Coban (3/4 hrs north of Guatemala city) where we would stay the night. In Coban we had dinner at XKape Coban, a cute little restaurant and stayed in a hotel. The next day we took a tour to Semuc Champuey (about 2ish hrs away). We arrived at a river which was beautiful and dennis and i climbed 500 steps into the mountains to see the view..which was...

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Apr 7, 2009 - Guatemala: Semuc Champey

We arrived in Semuc Champey a few days ago. Semuc is located around the centre of Guatemala and is said to be the most beautiful spot in the country so we had high expectations! We spent the first couple of nights in a hostal located right next to the park entrance, which was fantastically peaceful until three Guatemalan families turned up with about 15 kids and put up a tent next to our room. Although relatively quiet on arrival after they were jacked up on mountain dew they ran round screaming all night – lovely! As you would expect...

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Feb 4, 2009 - A Guatemalan Back Road Adventure

Well there was no change in weather today except it might be just a little colder. We loaded up and I checked our planned route to Flores with the lady at the front desk. My concern was that my map showed this route as being only partially paved with a 50-60 km section of dirt road. No, she assured me, the road to Flores is totally paved now. One thing that is common in our experience in Guatemala is the complete absence of directional signs in most towns or cities. Typically, the highways you are on with simply dissolve when you hit the...

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Feb 3, 2009 - Copan Ruins, Honduras to Coban, Guatemala

It poured rain all night and we debated whether to wait another day here in Copan Ruins for it to pass but the weather forecast showed rain all week. We decided to just suck it up and hope the skies cleared along the road somewhere. First stop was the border crossing from Honduras to Guatemala. It was amazingly quick and easy! The Honduras Aduana took our bike permit, glanced over at our bike from a distance then stamped my passport with the exit stamp. He smiled and said “Immigration is at the next window, have a nice day”. The immigration...

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