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Guat Day 2, Santa Elena -Cahabon (Warning: Picture heavy)

September 29, 2014

 

 

.... I had heard from another rider that a place called, Semuc Champey, was worth seeing. I hadn't heard of the place before and googled it. Semuc Champey consist of several natural pools within a river. Due to the mineral content, the water in the pools is crystal clear, even though the water downstream is muddy.

 It started off like this...

It started off like this...

 ...but quickly turned in to that...

...but quickly turned in to that...

 ...with the occasional view...

...with the occasional view...

 ...when it came time for a break.

...when it came time for a break.

 Well deserved...lunch.

Well deserved...lunch.

As I ride along following my phone GPS, it suddently tells me to turn from a semi-paved road onto a complete muddy dirt road. I followed that for several hours and arrived at a very traditional looking town, called Cahabon. Cahabon is surrounded by mountains, idyllic and has a set-back-in-time kind of feel. Women wear traditional clothing, and you can tell, life moves at the slower pace here.

 Cahabon and it's people...friendly and inviting.

Cahabon and it's people...friendly and inviting.

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 Indoor market

Indoor market

 Local butcher enjoys his work...

Local butcher enjoys his work...

 These road are not high-heel friendly, ladies.

These road are not high-heel friendly, ladies.

 Indian tuk-tuks everywhere...

Indian tuk-tuks everywhere...

It started to get dark, and I asked a few locals for hotels. One recommended a small hotel on top of a hill, Hotel Angelo, well priced at 80 GTQ/night and overlooking the town. I made my way there, and the owner, Victor, welcomed me and showed me to my room.

 Hotel Angelo...klein, aber fein...

Hotel Angelo...klein, aber fein...

 Early morning view from my room...

Early morning view from my room...

 Thanks, Victor, for providing covered parking for Big Bertha,,,

Thanks, Victor, for providing covered parking for Big Bertha,,,

 ...nice bike, Victor, but no, I won't trade mine for yours ;-)

...nice bike, Victor, but no, I won't trade mine for yours ;-)

 Muchas gracias para los habitations.

Muchas gracias para los habitations.

 Expired tag,  bald tire...no hay problema

Expired tag,  bald tire...no hay problema

In the morning, I couldn't leave without walking down the steep stony road in to town to take a few pics and buy some fresh pastries. I like it here so much, I could've easily stayed another night...