A few of us had decided to visit a natural hot springs ("Finca el Paraiso") this morning – others went on jungle hikes, horse-riding or canoes in the river.
It wasn’t that straight-forward to get there but it’s interesting to do, if you have the time.
We caught a boat back to Rio Dulce, and then climbed into a public minibus – fortunately we got a seat, because others were on the roof or hanging out the open door!
Then we got out of the van in apparently the middle of nowhere, paid a local man an entrance fee, and then were lead to the springs….
We swam around the pool and clambered up onto the rocks to feel only the warm water (earning myself some bruises and scrapes in the process!) in a sulphar sauna!
After a while we decided to head back.
Once back in Rio Dulce (whose name literally means ‘sweet river’) we went to the market stalls and picked up some lunch supplies.
I made a delicious fresh lunch - topped off with some of the great local hot sauce!
Then it was time to leave the peaceful riverside town and set off for Flores.
Cue a 5 hour bus trip – featuring the third day of the beautiful banana bread! By this time the roomie and I had taken to dressing the same...great minds!
Early evening we arrived in Flores – it’s a town on an island on Lago Petén Itzá, connected to land by a causeway. The reason most people visit Flores is to visit nearby Tikal – the most famous Mayan ruins in Guatemala.
To avoid having to choose just one item from the menu, I opted for the ‘mixed grill’ which was full of chicken, beef and veggies. Not as good as the one in Panajachel, but still pretty tasty.