Waking up in the jungle is something that will forever be etched in my heart and hopefully never forgotten. As we slowly awoke in our cabin we decided to take the day as slow and easy as possible as it was sandwiched in between a long day of packed full adventure at a couple of ancient ruins, and a long day of travel on the open road. Slowly had showers, slowly got dressed and slowly headed to the restaurant maximizing our enjoyment in the beautiful hotel for as long as we could.
After another fantastic meal at our posada we lounge around the grounds a bit - relaxing, reading, taking in the humid air and the occasional breeze while getting our daily serenade from the local birds.
In the early afternoon we decide to take a walk to town to arrange a shuttle bus to take us from El Remate to Cobán and Lanquin. During my research of Guatemala, I discovered La Casa de Don David (another hotel in El Remate) offers various shuttles to and from their hotel - we thought we would check this out. Our only other option was to take a public "chicken bus" where we would need to transfer several times, know where we were going, be able to speak Spanish fairly well and possibly stand for the length of the trip on an overheated, overcrowded bus which speeds while on tiny pot-hole filled dirt roads on edges of massive hills where the drop would be straight down a several hundred foot cliff - Yeah, no thanks I'll take the tourist shuttle. Arrive alive as they say - good motto.
Don David seemed to be one of the nicer hotels in El Remate (other than our own of course), with lovely green grounds overlooking Lake Peten Itza. Al sorts of shrubbery and flowers scattered their enormous property with all kinds of birds feasting on bird feeders strategically set up to lure the feathered and sometimes furry creatures to please the guests.
Inside their main building was reception/shop/restaurant area which was filled with all sorts of locally made sculptures and wood carvings of various Mayan gods and other supernatural beings and one or two animals of importance scattered about. Steve of course needed to pick the shop keepers brain about the various gods as he had been searching for a sculpture of some kind of Ixchel - the jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine.
We asked about the shuttle bus for the following day. A few phone calls were made on their end and easy enough we had our shuttle booked! We needed to be at Casa de Don David at 8am and considering the drive was to be about 5 hours we would make it to Semuc Champey with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day. Riiiiiight.
Since the grounds at Don David were so lovely as the sun was in it's golden hour, we decided to stay and have an early dinner. throughout our stay in El Remate we heard several people say that we must try the local white fish, and what do you know - it was on the menu. I'm not really a huge fan of fish in general, but figured this would most likely be my only time in my life to try it... so I did! I wasn't really prepared to see the fish looking back at me while I ate it however - but it certainly was tasty!
After our delicious dinner we slowly strolled back to our Posada enjoying the setting sun and the cool lake breeze. We had a lovely relaxing evening at the hotel, mouth watering desserts, a few bottles of Gallo (local beer) and friendly conversations with other travellers. Willy arranged to have one of the hotel owners personally drive us to Don David in the morning in order to get to our shuttle bus without having to lug our bags twenty minutes in the heat.