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16 viewsAlthough the photo's not terrific, we passed through a village with a great market en route to Coban from Flores.
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20 viewsSomehow, they managed to squeeze 24 (twenty four, that's right) people into this minibus. Comfort was not the buzzword del dia.
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20 viewsThe ride from Coban to Semuc Champey was breathtaking and, at times, nauseating. I sat on the wrong side to get any good photos, however, so this will have to do.
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19 viewsFor 25Q ($3.13), this was our home for the next several days: El Retiro in Lanquin. And yes, that IS a sauna down there.
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18 viewsPhil cannonballs into the river.
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17 viewsThe river was flowing too swiftly to really swim without being swept downstream, so you'd just hang onto the rope and float.
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17 viewsSunset at El Retiro.
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19 viewsOur two new friends and neighbours in Lanquin (well, acutally I sat at a table with Jez in Flores)
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19 viewsThe legend himself, Dieter is one of the best reasons to visit El Retiro. We had far more fun than should be allowed.
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19 viewsThe next day's drive was to Semuc Champey on a tour from Lanquin. A quick hop but pretty.
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18 viewsOur first stop was in the Lanquin caves where we walked and climbed waterfalls and jumped off rocks with only candles to light the way.
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18 viewsThey say this is the only alternative to not shaving.
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18 viewsClimbing up some rocks in the cave.
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18 viewsThey had this swing into the river. It's Laos all over again, except without the alcohol.
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18 viewsThis is the swing of no return. If you don't jump off before it starts coming back it's the rocks for you.
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19 viewsHere I go!
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23 viewsTurning the corner to this view put a huge smile on my face. ESTA es la vida.
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20 viewsPhil surveys the waterfall from inside.
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20 viewsWe climbed up into this cave where Semuc Champey flows out of and jumped into the rather rapid river below.
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22 viewsAfter playing around in the waterfalls, we tubed back down the river towards Semuc Champey, the reason we all found ourselves here.
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