Which way to Way-Way: Huehuetenango
Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
47Trip End Jul 29, 2008
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We passed to the Guatemalan side (by 'we' I mean the 7 whiteys on the huge tour bus, us included...) and pulled over immediately to have our passports stamped. We were near the start of the line, just behind three girls from England. We didn't see much of what was happening until one of them (the one who spoke the most Spanish) leaned back and was asking us about the apparant 'entry fee' they were being charged...
Anyways, she was awesome. Her two other friends had already paid the 20 Mexican Pesos ($2 US) but she refused to give hers over without a receipt or at minimum a justification!
We were pretty stoked about this as 1) it was very cool they were able to get around the evident scam and 2) it saved us having to struggle with our limited Spanish against the same alleged charge. They just stamped our books and we were off!!
Crossing the border between Mexico and Guat was a bit like going from Alberta to BC...everything just becomes enhanced instantly...The mountains were higher and more of them, everything was greener as well. Really beautiful countryside and not too long until we arrived in Huehue.
We were the only ones off the bus here and the only non-local people we have seen here so far! This makes us a minor spectacle, but always in a very positive and friendly way. Everyone here is absolutely wonderful so far...very patient (with us and our Spanish!!), very friendly and relaxed.
We hopped a city bus here today to get to some ruins nearby called Zaculue ('White Earth')
Most of the music we hear is the typical upbeat Latin-American style you'd expect, and other music that we hear is a lot of remixes (ie-Killing Me Softly en Espaņol that we're hearing right now) and also lots of Bryan Adams for some reason...
That's it for here...There is not a ton to do in this area so we'd rather take off and spend more time elsewhere. We are heading to Coban next via Guatemala City. Coban itself is only 142km from Huehuetenango, but it is a 3 DAY DRIVE due to the transfers and dirt road between here and there!! There is only one bus company in town as well and they only leave once per day on Tues and Saturday...we think...so we're going to head through Guat. City first (6 hours there) and then up to Coban (4.5 hours). So a long day (better than 3 though!) and Coban should be smokin' cool.
We'll likely get a head start on our home schooling once in Coban as we are definitely Spanish-limited...We'd like to do more than just 'get-by'...Plus, staying with a family will be really cool, really cheap and includes 3 good meals a day!!
Coban has a coffee plantation we can tour, a national park right in town, caves to explore, and cloud forests for us to hike in!! We can even opt to stay a few days in the forest with a Mayan family.
More in the next few days...by the way, despite what we have heard on the news, it is not evident at all that a Hurricane was ever near where we were in Mexico or where we are now. No rain, no headlines, nothing! We were very lucky!
Take Care! xo Us.