Our whirlwind tour of Guatemala coincided with the lead up week to their presidential elections. In Guatemala, political rallies and protests mean one thing - roadblocks. Yep that’s right. To protest against one political party or to show support for another, people will literally block major roads and hold a rally in the middle of the street. This includes major highways. We heard a nightmare story from a french couple who’s relatively short 5 hour hop turned into a 24 hour debacle. Hence, every single time we hopped in a bus or a van in Guatemala (which was lots in our mental week here), we did so with crossed fingers that we could somehow avoid one of these random and spontaneous commuting nightmares.
We got to Lanquin, and from here jumped in a Ute tray with all of our bags and other travellers for a half hour journey through the outskirts of town to our hostel - Utopia. We got here just in time for the big communal dinner, and shortly after hit the hay.
We walked to Semuc, and spent the morning climbing up to the lookout point before swimming and exploring in the pools for a few hours. We’ll just let the photos do the talking here.
Next stop Lago de Atitlan!