Volcano looming overhead (Jennifer Barile)
Had breakfast at our hotel, and were picked up at 9:00 AM for our shuttle to Coban. We picked up some other travelers along the way, and took a gorgeous 5-hour drive to Coban. We drove through lush mountains for about 2 hours until we reach the Rio de Pasion. Here, we board a ferry (while staying in our van) that takes us across the river, as there is no bridge. In about 5 hours total we reach Coban, a quaint city high in the mountains. There is not much to see in Coban itself, but the views around town are great. They grow cardamom and coffee here, so you can arrange a tour of the coffee plantations if you have time. (We didn’t.)
Our hotel, El Recreo, was great. Small rooms, but very clean and tidy. The staff were exceptional, and one of them even walked us to a specific location to make sure that we found it! There was construction going on right outside our window, so it was pretty noisy. I would bring earplugs for this place, just in case! Either way, I really enjoyed staying at this hotel, mostly due to the friendly and warm staff.
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