Back to Guatemala
Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
69Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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Up early at 0530 for a long shift today, intended to catch th local bus just outside the hostel at 0630 but by 0700 it had still not arrived but by then a minivan taxi had arrived to take an American guy and his daughter to San Pedro Sula airport. Not sure how much they were paying, probably quite a lot, but the guy offered us a deal to join them which turned out cheaper than taking local buses, saved us 1 leg of the trip, and also saved us at least 2 hrs, making our hopes of reaching Livingston, Guatemala in just one day a real possibility.
It took about 2,5 hrs to get to San Pedro Sula and the driver literally hailed us a cab on the highway at 70km an hour to take us into the bus station, which worked out good as we were able to give the dude the agreed funds and disappear before the other 2 realized they were still paying the same fee they had agreed for a private cab
Jumped in a minibus in Guatemala and they said we could pay the collectivo price and wait for passengers, then it would take ages to get there, which was probably a lie, or we could pay 20 dollars to go direct in 1 hour and catch the last boat which we did as we had been on buses all day and not actually spent that much money so figured we could indulge ourselves
After washing and chilling for a bit after a seriously long day we went out to a local restaurant to sample the local specialty seafood soup called Tapado. It was pretty rank, consisting of a coconut soup full of unpeeled shrimps, a whole crab, clams, boney fish fillet and what seemed to be a load of sea snails which you had to literally suck out of their shells
20th Feb 2010:
After breakfast we packed up and jumped on a 0930 boat to embark on a Riverboat Cruise to Rio Dulce, however by this point we had seen a flyer for a riverside jungle retreat called Finca Tatin which was about half way along so we were to be dropped off their instead. The 1hr boat ride cos it was awesome, through a beautiful tree covered gorge with thousands of Pelicans all ducking and diving alongside the boat, this trip had been recommended and was definitely worth all the agro to get here. We arrived at Finca and it was an amazing place, a remote series of timber cabins around a restaurant right on th river but literally surrounded by jungle and only accessible by boat. We were pleased to see at least a dozen hammocks, ping pong, table football and tons of other games as well as an awesome rope swing into the river. There was also a load of Kayaks for use though we didnīt get around to that as I needed to be within 100 yards of a toilet at all times after my seafood treat last night. Spent 2 days swinging in hammocks and frolicking in and around the river in the glorious sunshine and it seemed quiet during the day but at tea time about 25 people came out of the woodwork for the set meals on both nights. Met loads of cool people here, 1 Irish girl but otherwise all Israelis or Europeans curiously, before setting off the next morning for the next leg of our trip, back to Antigua, this time in a different capacity than before, as in not on the beers every night, just every other night :)