19.01.2013 - 28.01.2013 20 °C
Pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this country. Antigua is a series of cobbled streets with posh looking restaurants and wine bars for the cost of McDonalds! We stayed at a little old ladies hostel which was more of a wildlife prison with a back yard of cages each containing a wild animals including 2 crazed toucans and a squirrel !
We took a chicken bus west to a town called Panajachel. The journey should have taken just over 2 hours but a huge landslide just up ahead of us occurred completely covering the road with land including full trees. Obviously the wait for them to clear part of the road for anyone to pass was looong......
But the town of Sao Pedro was worth the journey and we spent 2 days sitting in hammocks over looking the lake and living amongst the village life buying loaf after loaf of banana bread after we apparently "promised" several village people by telling them "mas tardes" (bit later) on their early attempts to sell the to bread to us. Lucky they tasted good!
Our most hellish bus ride yet took us north to Lanquin where a Hostal know only amongst backpackers by word of mouth sits on a mountain ridge over looking a fast running river amongst a hundred shades of green splayed out over a series of surrounding mountains. Check out the pic of the view from our bed!
The pull to Lanquin is Semuc Champey- natural Mayan caves set in the rain forest. You get given a candle and follow a guide in following his every move and never losing sight of him! It took us a few wrong turns before we figured out his left was actually everyone else's right and that was the worst of it until the rock we had to jump off inside, the hole he pushed us down to get out, and the spider the size of your hand.
You come out feeling very much accomplished from it all and then He brings you to the ropeo swing into the gushing river.... And then the 12 meter bridge!! Sher kept it going right to the end even the first person to leap off that bridge! An instant bruise down the leg from the swing was enough to retire for Tully.
An equally painful bus journey saw us back to Antiqua for our last night and a 3.30am get up to bus it to .....