The b-romance continues...

Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
Trip End Aug 12, 2011

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Flag of Guatemala  , Alta Verapaz,
Friday, September 10, 2010

So where as I? Right mountains etc etc.

Since then we got stuck in Xela for two nights due to land slides. It wasn´t until I spoke to my Dad online I realised quite how bad they had been. Busses have literally been swept off the road and sadly many deaths. In order to go around the land slides we took a very long route around which took us 10 hours on a hot, stuffy and very crowded chicken bus.

Exuasted we check in to a simple but effective hostel with a Kitchen in Antigua and cook ourselves steak and proper English chips, none of that french fries crap.

I spent the next two days studying spanish, organising our trip to Chemuc Champay and generally playing house husband to Adam who is teaching on his project for a couple of days.

We arrive outside the travel agency (I know its cheating but it make economic sense in this case) I have booked us with at 8am and it is closed. We get on the bus and they take our ticket and tell us little about what is happening. After spending our bus journey to Chemuc Champay wondering if we had been ripped off we arrive at what is one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have seen. High steep valleys are covered in thick vibrant green jungle with rivers cutting thier way down the mountians. Our accomidation is in an isolated wood cabin set by the river. Very romantic indeed.

The next day we set off up the side of the mountain to a view point over Chemuc Champay itself. Its proper Indianna Jones teratory scaling up the mountain side through dense jungle. Me and Adam zip up the mountain due to our training in Xela (see previous entries) while the rest of the group lingers and sweats it out behind us. The view presented is one of paradise. There are small linestone rock pools with clear blue water which are seperated by the main river due to a set of caves that divert it underneath. We spend about an hour or two swimming in the clear fresh, warm water.

After a brief stop and drink at base camp we head over to the caves. Before entering we are given a spindley candle each with which we use to light our way through...I know very b-romantic again.

¨We walk for a bit and swim for a bit, its easy¨ was Adams translation from the guide
to our group. We did walk for a bit and swim for a bit but I´m not sure it was that easy. When we were swimming we held our candles in our mouths so that they didn´t go out while avoiding slashing our legs open on razor sharp rocks under the water. We climed up underground waterfalls and jumped off a rock into a plunge pool with only the guides word that we´d get to keep our lives.

After lunch our guide begins to leave with the rest of the group so I ask i we need to come to be able to float down the river. He says he doesn´t have enough rubber rings and that he´ll come back later. He doesn´t. Git.

In the evening we play chinese poker, an awesome card game that we learn´t our first time in Antigua. We depart in the morning in luxary 4 person only 4x4 transport.



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