|The homestead at Hacienda San Antonio, in the tiny village of Acul.|
|Not really a hike, but we huffed and puffed out way up the hill |
to appreciate the sprawling mountain scenery
Then off course I get this crazy idea to try a road less traveled, opting out of a cushy tourist shuttle and coach bus service on a nicely paved road and into dangerously crowded, careening, blood-pressure-raising collectivos that hurtle along dirt tracks on the spines of sleeping mountains. To explain a little bit: there is a tertiary road (and you know what that means in Guatemala!) going east from Sacapulas towards Cobán in the Alta Verapaz. It looks like they are working on upgrading the road to a proper paved road, but it's hard to be sure since, in parts, there are enough potholes to hide an army in and in other parts whole sides of mountains including the road that traverses it have been washed away (I'm really not exaggerating!). And we hit the record of 26 people crammed into a little mini-van made for 12. And I was sitting in the front and could see the speedometer hitting 120km/h in some parts. I am no longer scared of flying.
|The gorgeous little rooftop terrace at Hotel Don Gabriel. |
You can see the church and views around Uspantan in the background.
|We were supposed to be paying attention to the Corn Tour, but then this little cutie showed up...|
|Laj Chimel has an awesome rope swing on the way up to the Mirador.|
|From the Mirador at Laj Chimel you can see EVERYTHING.|
This lovely lady is the president of the community tourism initiative, such a sweetie.
|Hiking from Laj Chimel to El Soch. We did get caught in a downpour. More than once.|
|The Maya site El Soch is on Julio's land and is a little lush green fantasy world.|
|One of the tourism board ladies in front of the main temple's staircase|
|My very own Mayan warrior xx|