Hotel Atelie del Mar
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... moving. The drive to Xela is 4 hours from Guatemala city and even though im not tall my knees did not fit in the seat at all making for a very uncomfortable ride. Just as I arrived in Guatemala a mega storm passed through with lots of rain thunder and lightening. In typical fashion my chicken buss broke down half way and the random wrenches and spanners came out in the rain. virtually everyone got off as the next buss honked as if to say ditch that one ...
... actually communists. Thus, US army training tactics were used to fuel the attacks on the Mayan people by the Guatemalan government. Backed by the US, the Guatemalan government was free to commit genocide towards their own people. Eventually, the US (President Clinton) recognized and apologized for its role in the Guatemala civil war.
The abuse that the Mayan people have suffered is incredible. Pregnant women were strapped to trees with their abdomens split open ...
... limbs and bodies we all just laughed. Having seen the river that we assumed connected to the limestone towered waterfall we were to see we felt so close. but yet so far when a truck that seemed unimaginably big on this small road wanted to pass up. We reversed it uphill on a very steep windy, cliffy road until we found a section that may be readable for the truck to pass. But eventually we did arrive and went to a little office where we stripped down to our swimmers and walked uphill ...
... spent chilling at the hostel and playing in the river alongside it. It has a really strong current which pulls you along as soon as you get in. Our hostel had a rope tied on from one side to the other so we jumped in upstream and allowed ourselves be carried down to where we could grab the rope and pull ourselves back in, really good craic!
We then booked our shuttle to Antigua for the next day to reunite with Mary for our last few Guatemala ...
... and even a pig are also wandering around, lured by the music ;)
These guys are really moving. They are so friendly, they refuse that we pay for the hot chocolate. So we give them a donation with another reason to make it up to them.
Time to leave now and head back to utopia. Last night is really cool. We meet new comers, and play “*******” with the Canadians and one Swede.
Early start tomorrow, better hit to my hammock ...