Hotel K'amol B'ey
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... of action for our stay. There were three things we wanted to do, the cave and Semuc Champey tour, tubing on the river as well as a chocolate making tour. We decided that we would decide what to do when we woke up and saw the weather the next day. Off to bed we went only to find a scorpion on the "wall sheeting" right near where Kev's pillow was. Off Kev went to call for assistance in the removal of the scorpion. We checked our bungelow, linin on the beds and pillows ...
... we traveled like the locals, in the back of a pickup truck, visiting a monument to martyrs of th civil war and a project helping children and women. Back in the truck we walked through very narrow lanes to the workshop of Camaron, a weaver who explained the dying process for the beautiful woven fabrics, then demonstrated the foot loom. Next was a visit to a Maya chapel, presided over by a shaman who made ...
... with the owner of the bar, we went to the bat caves. On the way we got stopped by a truck that had lost its load, so we jumped out and helped them pack it back up before continuing on. The caves were cool, but very dirty so rather disappointing, not to mention extremely slippery. I actually fell at one point, just on a knee, but it was like ice skating. It was definitely really cool to watch the bats flying out of the cave. I'll forever ...
... jumping off into the water. I was happy to be a spectator, comfortable sitting and sipping a local cerveza.
After a short nap, we joined a tour group from our hostel to go tubing in the same fast moving river we were watching from above earlier. I was a little nervous since it was moving so quickly, but we got into the cold water anyway. There were a few times in our short tubing experience where I got quite nervous because there were small rapid like parts that everyone ...
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