We had heard that semuc champey was closed due to protests but was supposed to be opening the day we got there. We jumped in our shitty shuttle and set off on what was supposed to be an 8 hour journey* (they don’t really have night buses in central america as things are apparently close together but you always are in the bus for a min of 8 hours).
We were all settled in and everyone had popped their sleeping pills and were about 4 hours into our journey when we hit a road block. We were about 2 hours away from Coban and there was a protest going on. I’m still not really sure what it was about but someone said it was to do with the hospitals not being open but who knows where they heard that from. I didn’t really care what it was about I just wanted to get where I was going. No one had any idea how long we were going to be stuck there for. We all settled in for a long, hot uncomfortable wait. In total we were on the side of the road for 3 hours and the 8 hour bus trip took 14 hours!!
After all of that the hostel we wanted to stay in was apparently full so we just jumped in a truck going to some other hostel hoping they had rooms. Sometimes travelling can be really shit!
Thankfully the hostel ended up being quite nice and cheap and was right on the river. Unfortunately semuc champey was still closed due to another set of protests (this time protesting that the town wasn’t getting any money from the tourism). As it wasn’t open we really didn’tget up to much here. We went tubing down the river which was really fun but the rest of the time we mainly spent bumming by the river.
*The rule I follow for all buses in central and south america is:
Less then 10 hrs = add 1-2 hours
10 – 15hrs = add 2-3 hours
Greater then 15hrs = give up predicting and settle in for a shit day!