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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 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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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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Mar 8, 2008 - Coban

Bon Coban, qu'en dire... Le premier jour, du à l'incroyable chaleur je suis tombée raide écraser par la chaleur. J'ai dormi comme un bébé. Le jour suivant c'était la grande pluie. Nous voulions visiter une plantation de café mais c'était impossible en raison du mauvais temps. Une autre journée pas mal tranquille. Le lendemain nous sommes allées à Seamuc-Champey en croyant que l'unique manière de s'y rendre était de vivre à Coban. On s'était bien trompées, il y a des petits hébergements pas trop dispendieux et la ville est agréable et...

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Apr 27, 2007 - Semuc Champey

We've just been to a lovely place in the hilly highlands of Guatamala. Semuc Champey is a natural limestone bridge that spans a torrent river and forms blue-green pools on top that are great for smimming in. Its really beautiful, in the middle of the lush highlands where locals where their traditional clothing and all the man carry machetes. We stayed at El Retiro, by a river that you can while away a few hours floating down on an innertube. Nice. I met 3 other English lads who were up for watching the 1st leg of the Man U - Milan game. We...

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Nov 11, 2006 - Semuc Champay

Hey guys, just got back to civilisation this morn, we have been in the jungle for a couple of days. We heard about some caves and pool formations so decided to take a look. Only problem was they were 4hrs into the jungle by dirt road! We took the only bus that goes out there once a day and it was packed as usual. There were alot of little villages and single houses on the way but it was very primative. Our hostel was about as far along the track as you could go. There was no electricity or water out there so they had a generator which...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Coban

Hey amigos, hope all is well with you. We have moved south again to the big town of Coban, its quite a traveller town as you can access popular excursions to caves, rivers, pools and waterfalls. We had another gruelling chicken bus ride, 6hrs this time! But we had a seat, it made alot of difference but had to be at the bus stop at 6am for it! Man this travelling around the world lark involves alot of early starts!!! After only two months of travel we have had our first and second kit tradgadies!! (Sorry we can't spell that and can't think...

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Aug 24, 2006 - Fucking Koldt...

Kob aldrig en billet paa forste klasse i Guatemala uden at tage meget varmt toj paa jeg har aldrig modt nogen der har voldtaget en airconditioner mere end den bus chaufor... Det var dog ikke det vaerste paa den bustur... Jeg sidder og laeser og hoere iPod saa opdager ikke noget for Deborah og Ismael rejser sig og jeg finder ud af at der er en mand i byssen der har haft et epileptisk anfald og alle folk har bare ignoreret det selv damen der sad ved siden af ham og billetkontrolloren... Deborah og Ismael for dog overtalt buschaufforen til at...

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Jespers Gap Year

May 8, 2006 - Coban

este lunes chegei a Coban una ciudad no interior de guatemala, pero a decir a verdad, nada bonita, una ciudad como outra cualquera. asi decidin co meu inglish-man marcharme pra jungla... e hoxe fumos a Semuc Champey, a bañarnos no rio e en unas cuevas, wow! precioso! estamos en plena jungla, alrededor de nos solo hay plantacions de coca e unas poucas cabañas! asi estamos, entre os moskitos, un de estonia, una estadounidense, un inglish-man, un gallegiño, un aleman, outro ingles e duas estudiantes catalanas, tomando birras, je, je... A ver...

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Mar 28, 2006 - Coban, Semuc Champey and Caves of Lanquin

We arived in Coban after a straight forward bus journey of about 7 hours. We had to fight to keep our bags with us on the bus, you have to keep an eye out for some pesky locals and their theiving ways! When we arrived in Coban we found a lovely hostel. The main square in Coban is on an elevated ridge so moving around the town requires walking up and down hills. Our hostel was about 6 blocks from the bus station so we were quite sticky when finally got our bags off our backs! We got a room with two bunk beds that was comfortable and secure....

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Linda and Donal 2006

Mar 25, 2006 - Guatemala: Coban

B+B: Casa Luna 60Q for single with delicious breakfast and nice house!! Check it out! Tip: Take the 100Q trip to Semuc and Lanquin and bring your own lunch and snacks. Highlights: Semuc Champey-including the ride to it, Lanquin Caves After 5 weeks in Antigua-four in school and one week volunteering, I decided I better hit the road and GET THIS PARTY STARTED!! I boarded bus in Guatemala city and took off for central Guatemala town of Coban. It is an area heavily influenced by Germans who settled here in the 40's but then were forced out in...

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