My original plan coming on this route was to get to the town of Coban, but from what I gather, Coban is more of a base for backpackers to hit up some of the neighbouring tourist spots. So I figured there is not really much for me to do in a hangout town and figured I might as well spend the day in San Cristobal.

After the stop-start day yesterday, I decided to take a rest day. Well Since I started in Xela, my trip has been. 1 day ride, 3 days rest, 2 days ride, 1 day rest. At least there seems to be some progress, eh.

San Cristobal verapaz was a pretty cute town, a little village nestled next to a lake. Seemed like a market place for the people from even smaller villages to head and do some trade. Today being sunday, there was a huge market, but there was nothing special being sold. A typical market with lots of fruits and veggies on offer.

One of the things I have noticed about Guatemala is that the choice of veggie food is close to non existent. Every meal I’ve had were eggs, rice, beans and some banana. There are no flavours either. Mexico was a riot compared to here, surprising to me that the baseline ingredients are pretty much similar. And I’ve heard the food gets worse as I head south. duh.

When I head out looking for b’fast today, I was dreaming of Pongal and spicy coconut chutney, they have everything here to make it, but they seem to prefer fried chicken pretty much everywhere. Bummer. I wonder If I can make some pongal next time I hit up a kitchen, hmmm.

Anyhow, I spent the day walking around town, grabbing food and some ice cream. My appetite seemed to be returning a bit and I spent a couple of hours at an internet cafe staying away from the sun and generally resting up. By evening I felt pretty strong and I hope to be heading out tomorrow. South seems to be the direction with decent roads and South I shall go!

Route: San Cristobal Verapaz
Distance: 0 km (yay!)
Ascent: 0 m
Descent: 0 m
Expenses: $ 19.01
Comments: I’d rather hang out at a small village than a big town.

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