|Tiny but often old churches appeared at the small villages|
|We saw very few vehicles on the road, generally only the|
vans that provide public transportation.
|This is a very rural area with few homes and only a couple|
of "villages". A vehicle going by is a source of
entertainment and everyone was surprised to see us.
|As you can see these photos are blurred as they were taken|
out of the window but I loved this family sitting in front of
their house - the few vehicles provide some entertainment.
|The lovely view from the one "restaurant" we saw in 4 hours - it was a welcome sight!|
|Our driver and van in the hotel courtyard.|
|The view from our room showed the top of the Cathedral|
in the main square.
|Renate found a cart selling clementines (with seeds) but|
We drove back to the city to have lunch at Kardamomass - a beautiful restaurant that features the local cardamon seeds in many ways. We started off by enjoyed their excellent coffee flavored with it. A warming fire near our table took away a little of the chill.
In the afternoon we drove out to Chicoj for a tour of the coffee cooperative plantation. This huge operation is run by local men and women who live right on the place. Our guide was very .informative and showed us the whole process. It was all in Spanish but Dave did a pretty good job translating. We sampled the coffee afterwards and bought some of their beans.
That night we had a excellent meal and experience at La Abadia. This small 5 table restaurant is first class and the food and service wouldn't have been out of place in Boston or NYC. The owner and chef previously had a restaurant in Venezuela but were driven out of there by the deteriorating political situation.
Our last day we had breakfast at El Penescal and took a MUCH easier road back to the Rio Dulce. It was quite scenic also as we went through the coffee growing area. We left at 9:30 and were home at 2:30.
|Closeups are fun|
|The variety is amazing|
|The usual tourist photo opportunity|
|I had a hard time picking out only a few of these photos|
|This transparent butterfly was so gorgeous|
|Renate at Kardomomass|
|The map of the coffee plantation at Chicoj|
|Dessert at Kardomomass - a cheese cake with tomatoes!|
|Our young guide at Chicoj|
|It was a misty day as you can see but this is a view of the plantation|
|Jim, Renate, Heather, Linda, Ellen, Dave and Scott.|
|This is me in every piece of clothing I brought|
having dinner at El Penescal Restaurant,
our first night
|Busy streets in Coban.|