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Thursday 5th October 2006

Guatemala ... baby!

After getting the ferry back to Belize city we got a bus to Flores, Guatemala. Turned out to be another crazy bus ride! The highlight was when the bus driver pulled over at some markets, jumped out and returned to the bus clutching a chicken by the neck .. funny stuff!

Stayed a few nights on the island of Flores which is very picturesque indeed. It´s a fairly rich sort of area as everyone has cars and the architecture feels very European ... not stereotypical of Guatemala I would imagine! There was some more Mayan ruins nearby (Tikal) so we checked that out. It was similar to Chichen Itza although set in a jungle complete with crazy monkeys and colourful birds!

We caught a chicken bus to Coban which was just as life threatening as we´ve come to expect. At one stage we rocked up to a river and the bus boarded a tiny ferry with a bloke and a small outboard motor at each of the 4 corners. Whatever works I suppose. We spent a night in Coban but there wasn´t much action so continued on to Antigua the next day! We drove through the capital city, Guatemala city which was absolutely chaotic!




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