Hotel Maria Elena
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Maria Elena San Pedro La Laguna
The WIFII didn't work, but the rest is really nice!
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... to my hostel without further incidents, I'm am now writing this post. As I'm starring out over the lake, 3 military Apache helicopters fly past just as a flock of parrots takes flight from the trees below. This to me perfectly sums up my experiences so far in Guatemala, beautiful natural beauty but there are still dangers that I must remain cautious of. I will be heading up north the next couple of days to see Mayan ruins and do more hiking so look for another post next week. ...
... still pretty early and we were led through the beautiful gardens behind the lounge/restaurant to our attic room, with a nice little porch. Having settled in, we sat out on the deck and enjoyed a few cups of delicious coffee, whilst we took in the views of the volcanoes that were almost entirely covered in thick, angry looking clouds. We made it back to our room to enjoy some tasty home-made sandwiches, which contained the closest thing we have found to cheddar since we left ...
... because of what happened later that first day. Our first day in San Pedro was a Sunday, market day. So we wandered up the steep cobbled hill to the market. It's a traditional affair, mainly selling fruit and vegetables, not geared towards tourists. All the women were dressed in their Sunday finest having been to church early. Their dresses are very traditional and distinctly Central American. The men make less of an effort to dress up, except for ...
... flight look like a first class lounge by comparison. Still, it would only be for 12 hours! We were hoping that the bus would stop fairly soon as we hadn't eaten, and after two and a half hours it did. We popped into a small cafe and in pidgeon Spanish ordered a couple of sandwiches and coffees. These were quickly devoured and we were back on our way again. A similar distance later we stopped again, about five hours into the journey, at a petrol station (that also had ...
... check out the view point and take your pictures (very well organised!). Once back down we relaxed for a couple of hours in the pools, catching some rays before heading back on the pick up back to the car.
We loved the natural beauty that was Semuc Champey but it was just a shame it was so busy. My advice would be to head there outside of weekends and holiday time. You would have a far more relaxing experience. However, there were no regrets spending a day here :-)