Leaving our party ways behind to embrace a life of adventure
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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.
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.
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.