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Waterfall at Semuc Champey. Or as I like to call it, the easiest way to get rid of an annoying travel partner.

Since El Salvador wouldn´t let us in, we decided to take a completely different route. We are now heading north through Guatemala and then into Belize, where we will inevitably meet two rich handsome men with a sailboat that will take us to Honduras. Our first stop after Guatemala City (thank god we left that hell hole behind us) was Coban. This is what backpackers refer to as a "one night stand town", a town that is merely a stop between one desirable place and another. Although this particular one night stand town was haunted we think.  The hostel was creepy and we could hear little kids but not see them, there was a wierd procession through the streets with a glowing jesus statue, and NO BARS. NO BARS AS FAR AS YOU COULD SEE.

a delicate leap with a glorious amount of grace. yes, indeed.
  creeeeeeepy.  Needless to say, we left the next morning. 

We took a bus to Lanquin, a tiny town that probably will never have an ATM and is surrounded by breathtaking views of lush tropical mountains. From Lanquin, we hitched a ride in the back of a pickup down to the river.  We stayed in a small hostel next to the river that was walking distance to Semuc Champe. This place was probably one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.  I forgot my camera, so i guess you will have to come to Guatemala to share in this wonderous place. Semuc Champe is the name of a national park that contains a raging river that disappears underneath the world into a dark cave and comes out again about a half-mile away.

Hip hip hooray for swimming and natural turqoise pools. muy bien Guatemala!
On the surface over the cave, nature left several expansive turquiose blue pools that connect to eachother with beautiful waterfalls. There are little fish that bite you if you stay still for too long, so we took turns swatting them away.

The next morning, we went to explore caves near Semuc Champe.  We were guided through tight spaces, told to jump through small holes into deep abysses, climbed up under-ground waterfalls, and jumped off a very very high ledge into a deep pool, all while holding a candle to light our way.  As someone that is not only afraid of hights, but of small spaces, this was a stressful little trip for me, but amazing at the same time. We finished our day by floating in tubes back to our hostel, thanking god that i was out of that cave.  

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Waterfall at Semuc Champey.  Or as…
Waterfall at Semuc Champey. Or a…
a delicate leap with a glorious am…
a delicate leap with a glorious a…
Hip hip hooray for swimming and na…
Hip hip hooray for swimming and n…
Our campsite and home at the lovel…
Our campsite and home at the love…
Market lined streets of Coban
Market lined streets of Coban
Andy and Eran discussing the impor…
Andy and Eran discussing the impo…
local scenery
local scenery
Cloudy clouds, most likely as seen…
Cloudy clouds, most likely as see…
Me, Christine,Andy and Fish doing …
Me, Christine,Andy and Fish doing…
Different levels of the pools are …
Different levels of the pools are…
And again.  aaahhhhh.
And again. aaahhhhh.
Eran doing something he wants us a…
Eran doing something he wants us …
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