Posada de Santiago
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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... send the volunteers over from where she works in Guatemala) and pretend to be the volunteers and see how the programme ran.
We drove a few hours down the coast to Los Cobanos and the eco centre where we had our first stop. They gave us a tour of the visitor centre and told us all about the turtles and how they were working to help them survive. Or at least that’s what I think they were saying. It was all in Spanish and I wasn’t quite up to speed at this ...
... said the park was closed. We are not impressed and definitely not convinced as its raining and can't believe a lot of people would brave the conditions, especially on New Year's Eve. So the 7 of us decide to go out to the streets of Lanquin to suss out whether the park is closed. We get about 50m off the hostel grounds and a local guy called Rafa who we believe also works for Zephyr Lodge with the tours, is lurking around the corner and hits us up whether we want to go. We are ...
... one point we had to walk along a ledge that was about a foot under water with a really strong current and Vicky got swept off the ledge! In the final cave before we turned back you could clamber up the side and jump about 20ft into a small pool below. Only about 7 people did it and there was a collective sigh of relief as each person surfaced again, safe to say I was not one of the 7 people!
On our way back we had ...
... with a tyre, which was then changed at formula one-esque speed. Impressive. And after all our journeys, we finally arrived in Lanquin- the gateway town to Semuc Champey. And it was totally worth it- we explored the Kanga caves- partly underwater caves by candlelight, clambering over rocks and waterfalls. And Semuc Champey was stunning- beautiful pools of water set in mountainous scenery. And all very far away from anything. ...
... without my knowledge. I felt guilty that I played no role whatsoever in ending the war. Many innocent lives of the indigenous rural population, an estimated 200,000 lives, were lost violently over the course of 36 years. It was 36 years of slavery, 36 years of abuse, 36 years of fear, 36 years of ignorance and 36 years of silence.
The conquest of Guatemala by Spain forced the Mayans off their land and onto cotton/coffee plantations where they had to provide slave ...