project review

Getting to the heart of things

Review submitted by Ben Wright
Review date 1 Nov 2016


We arrived at the Mexican-Guatemalan border the day after we saw the Palenque ruins. We crossed the border via a river, spending 30 minutes on a traditional hollowed husk boat. We passed through what seemed to be a very informal entry into Guatemala and then caught a local bus to Flores, a pretty village by the lake, which we swam in at our leisure. The nearby ruins at Tikal were breathtaking. Our next stop was Coban, a town which gave us a real flavor of Guatemalan daily life. After spending a couple of days there we moved on to Chichicastenango, a remote village in the highlands with a large market selling all types of Guatemalan handicraft and art. We then relaxed in the picturesque lakeside town of Panajachel, surrounded by lush vegetation as a result of the three volcanoes towering over it. In Antigua, a beautiful colonial city, we went zip lining through the gorgeous jungle canopy, and, after having spent much time on the road, treated ourselves to a full body Mayan massage and facial. This was very welcome before our 3am wake up call to get on a bus to the Honduran border. After a tiring journey and a more formal border crossing we arrived at a Belgian run hostel in Copan, very clean and comfortable all of a sudden! The next day we settled in a local café for some coffee before travelling to Cofradia to our somewhat eccentric but fun accommodation, to begin our experience at the local school.

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