Hotel Plaza Mayor
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... if we got out of this we would at least have some money to be able to get the hell out of Guatemala.
A phone starts ringing ( this really was a save by the bell moment ) the driver of the van explains to the hijackers that It is his boss, we hadn't arrived to our destination and they will be phoning to find out why we were taking so long, there was also GPS on the van. We were told to stay there for three hours they would be watching us and would shoot and kill us If ...
... this was as far as we go.
I got out and went to the back of the car and lifted the backpack out. 'No, no!' said the driver. He pointed across the street to a row of shops.
'Five minutes' he repeated and handed me the car keys!
'Policia, policia' he whispered.
I was exactly sure what was going on, but it seemed he had an errand to run and I was in charge of the car in case the police turned up.
Not sure why ...
... height: normal;">After a lengthy phonecall I was told both were en route and would be with us that evening but I didn't believe him much. The fact they chuck you on hold for around 20 mins in a foreign country when THEY have lost your bags is pathetic. Still we had a tour to do so got on with it albeit with an odour. In hindsight we should have bought a few fresh clothing items that morning but we had misplaced trust in AA to deliver our bags. Luckily the mornings were quite chilly ...
Our 6 hour bus ride out of Semuc Champey was not nearly as eventful as our ride into the remote area. The trip did start with an hour ride on the 4 X 4 through rugged terrain to get back to Lanquin, where we picked up our shuttle. The back of the pick-up was packed with tourists and we stood the whole way gripping the bars during the bumpy ride so we didn't fall. The ride from Lanquin to Antigua was long and not the most comfortable of mini buses, but other than that ...
... arrive in Panajachel, with all sorts of products from the neighboring villages of the lake and then begin their journey uphill to sell their products in Solola's market. It is a bustling place, trucks pull into the market loaded with potatoes or other crops and prices are negotiated inside the building before the unloading of the trucks begins.