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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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Mar 2, 2006 - Chichicastenango - The Market

Today we caught a mini-van to Chichicastenango - commonly referred to as "Chi Chi". We had intended to take the usual mode of transportation - chicken bus - but the van company was sufficiently anxious to fill the van, that we were able to negotiate him down to nearly the same price as the chicken bus. The van is vastly better than a chicken bus - it goes directly, without picking up more passengers along the way - you get to have your own seat... One of Guatemala's top four tourism centers, Chichicastenango is renowned for its crafts...

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Sep 27, 2005 - Semuc Champey - from paradise to hell

My first stop having left Antigua was Semuc Champey, an area that is said to be the most beautiful in Guatemala - and I'd have to agree. It's a series of stepped pools made of limestone that acts as a bridge over the fast flowing river that flows underneath. The pools are a beautiful turquoise and emerald-green. I had lots of fun swimming in each pool, set on a river. So this was my morning of paradise... In the afternoon I visited some caves with some Swiss travellers I met. A guide takes tourists through the cave swimming with candles and...

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The long way home

Aug 10, 2005 - Grutas de Lanquin and Semuc Champey

10.08 (KtH) We woke up to a typical day in Coban....pouring with rain. We donned our Gortex jackets and set out to find some breakfast. There doesn't appear to be too many restaurants around so we decided on bread and sliced meat from the supermarket. We hurried back to the Hotel, grabbed our day packs (we left our large packs behind) and caught the 9.30am bus to Lanquin. The trip was once again very windy, but also very beautiful. The bus wound its way through lush green mountains covered in native trees, pine trees, and fields of corn,...

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Aug 9, 2005 - Coban

09.08 (KtH) At 9am we were picked up by a private car driven by Manuel. I spent the journey to Guatemala City talking to a local Guatemalan guy while Damien sat in the front seat. We managed to have a conversation but it is times like these that I wish I had a greater breadth of the Spanish language. Damien thinks I give myself a hard time. The passenger who shared our journey definately understood me but what Damien doesn`t understand is that I wasn't able to fully comprehend what he was saying at times. I guess I wish there weren't any...

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May 24, 2005 - Semuc Champey

Okay I am writing this update from the future because I haven't been near a working internet connection or at least a connection that is at least any better than this one which is quite weak. Actually I walked this message to loney planet headquaters. Anyway I will keep this as brief, well fuck it I will be writing until I get bored. Or until I can't stand the muzzled coverage of a 'football' game they are watching at this video store slash internet place. Okay, so if you were wondering Coban, is worth missing. I got in late as I said...

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Newman's Journey

May 23, 2005 - The Road To Coban

Man left Antigua at half past 12 and just rolled into Coban about a half hour ago. The report is dark and rainy, can't get to Semuc Champey this evening will need to be up at the crack of fuckin' dawn to get there. That's four thiry a.m.. An interesting thing about computers over sea, if you've never used them is that the keyboard is slightly squewed for the language making it a bit tricky to type if you are not typing in the native language, that coupled with my amzing grasp on English, grammar, and spelling. Oh it makes for a challenging...

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Newman's Journey

Apr 17, 2005 - Coban, au coeur d'une vallee tropicale

Grosse bourgade au coeur du Peten et de la magnifique vallee de Cuchumatanes. Point de depart pour les grottes de Lanqui. Magnifique route a travers une vallee et gorge tropicale tres fertile... ou malheureusement la culture sur brulis est toujours pratiquee ce qui cause des dommages ecologiques importants. Tres jolies et tres profondes grottes de calcaire ou ont encore lieu des ceremonies maya autour de feux. Du coup une grande partie de la gortte est toute noire a cause de la fumee et l'autre partie est toute blanche et orangee ( presence...

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Lenalatina 2005

Apr 17, 2005 - Parts of this entry not affecting the outcome have been omitted...

Friday 15.04.05 I was in bed scarcely an hour before I was woken by Maike and Rolf, and before long we were sandwiched aboard another Chicken Bus to Guatemala City, this time bound ultimately for Lanquin in the heart of Guatemala. Although the initial four hour coach ride from Guatemala City offered greater comfort than the vinyl-benched Chicken Buses (and an absence of drowsy Mayans), I failed to procure the repose I was so desperately lacking in. And on the two hour minivan transfer to Lanquin, we were once again packed together as if we...

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