Aug 17, 2008
Aug 16, 2009
Where I stayed
The next day, with very clean feet, we headed for the famous market town of Chichicastenango vowing never to pay in full up front for anything again. The market was very busy and bigger than we could explore in the couple of hours we had there. It did satisfy the cravings of the holidaymakers though and we headed on again, laden down with various bits and pieces of Guatemalan merchandise towards Coban.
Lago de Atitlan is a scenic lake with some cool towns around it. We arrived in the main expensive touristy town on the b*s and quickly got a boat for the quieter cheaper town of San Pedro across the lake, which was still very touristy. We sorted out a hostel and grabbed some lunch and happy hour beer for a while before we went in search of the solar pools we had heard about - relaxing for the night in some hot water while boozing sounded like a great idea. Unfortunately we wandered into the first thermal baths sign we came across which was down a winding dirt track and the baths looked a lot like cattle troughs. It was in the right place so we signed up anyway and booked in for 8 that evening, paying in full of course, and wandered off happy.....until we found much nicer and cheaper solar pools right next door. When we tried to cancel and get even some of our money back they just pointed stubbornly at the no cancellations sign until we got so mad we just booked next door too. After dinner we went to the nicer pools which were so hot they took us a while to get into and even then we couldn't stay in long. Most of the evening was spent dangling our feet sipping our drinks which hardly justified paying twice for.