Travel Day: Pana to Lanquin, Guatemala
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The shuttle left shortly after 8am, and quickly Lake Atitlan could be seen between the large mountains as we ascended. After several hours, the driver was having trouble with the vehicle. He pulled over and informed us that we would be stopping for repairs for 30 minutes. Miracously, a man appeared on the side of the road and began repairing the shuttle. Is this a Central America phenomenon? I have heard of people breaking down on the road, and mechanics materializing out of nowhere. Truly amazing.
During the hiatus, my travel crew found an old truck to use as their smoking shack. As promised, we were back on the road in 30 minutes. The shuttle driver promised us there would be a cash point in Lanquin, but i could tell by his response, that he was not sure.
We arrived in Lanquin at 5 pm. The only true hostel, and by far the best place to stay in Lanquin is El Retiro. I had friends travel from South America up through Mexico, and El Retiro was their favorite place to stay in all their travels. So, i was super excited about staying there. Well, to my dismay, it was full. We settled on Hotel Rabin Itzam, a giant pink building off the main street. As we do, we didnt agree on the initial price with the manager, so it took several minutes of intense negotiations before we took the room. The final price ended up being 35Q per night per person. After dinner at Cafe Semuc we went down to El Retiro to drink and hangout at the bar. This is truly a really cool place. Nightly drink specials, board games, hammocks, and travellers sitting around drinking.