Central America | Guatemala – Coban, Guatemala
Since Im travelling alone this month in Guatemala, Ive had the opportunity to visit some pretty remote places (ie Nebaj). Sitting on the chicken bus being the only tourist (not to mention blonde hair and blue eyes) has certainly made me feel a bit out of place. However, I can sit for hours just watching the locals and their children in their colorful clothing. That’s a good thing considering Im on the bus for hours at a time with no one to talk to.
After leaving Nebaj, I made the brutal journey over the mountains on scary dirt roads (chicken buses passing each other on blind corners) through Uspantan, and finally, over to Coban. The bus from Uspantan left at 3 am and arrived in Coban at 7:30 am, I was dead tired. Although I had planned to spend only a day in Coban, I met a lovely group of Guatemalan business men at dinner. They have completely embraced me like a daughter and chauffered me around in their Range Rovers to see various sites off the beaten track. Ive been speaking only spanish which has been challenging yet excellent practice. At night, they take me dinner and wont let me pay for a thing. I am learning about the export business as Coban is the center for cardamom, tea, and coffee in Guatemala.