When I made the decision to travel to Coban, I knew the trip would be long. However, I forgot how the weather changes drastically as one travels across the Guatemalan country and how difficult traveling can be on the roads and through the mountains.
I do not know if you have ever packed a backpack to travel across a country but it is very hard! You have to think what is necessary and what is not. For me, I knew I would be trekking though mountainous lands so I just packed t-shirts and running pants. Thus, leaving for my journey I had my backpack, side satchel and was ready to go! I can see El Volcán de Fuego (The Volcano of Fire) fading in the distance as I drive away.
Now fast forward 5 hours after departure
I am in the bus and I still have a few hours to go before I arrive in Coban. I have put on and taken off my sweater twice as the weather has gone from hot to cold and vice versa. Additionally, my teeth have been chattering from the bumpy ride and I have been tossed from side to side since the road is curvy. It is like a roller coaster ride except no screaming is allowed.
8 hours after departure
I am in the city of Coban! I have met my translator and now we are ready to hop into the car to head to the outskirts of the city. When I first met my translator I was shocked to see how young he is. When I first heard of him I imagined an individual my age or older. However, he was a boy at at 16 and would serve as my translator from K’iche’ to Spanish language. Thus, getting our things into the car we were ready to travel again.
10 hours after departure
I have arrived in Chisec a village located two hours outside of Coban. To arrive in the village the car had to go into the forest and across a mountain. The roads were paved in some areas but the majority of the trip was a dirt road. It is 7pm in the evening, pitch black in the forest but I am very happy as I have just found my first person in town to interview!Share on Facebook