About to take my son to coban next week. Any concerns about safety or flooding?
I am traveling next week with my 11 year old son to Coban, Guatemala and i picked up two disturbing things online. So, I'm wondering if i need to rethink my trip and not go to Coban now.
1) Drug cartels from Mexico in Coban. I should have seen this earlier, but i was just checking on the weather and the safety of the roads due to the heavy rain when i saw a few articles about the fact that cartels were killing people in Coban. Is this still happening? Is this something that happens off the beaten track or should tourists worry about this, should i change my plans?
2) Flooding. I expected rain in the rainy season, but when i looked at the last ten days, it looked like there were severe rains and i saw flood warnings in other parts of Guatemala. If anyone is visiting there now, or recently, it would be great to get a sense of if this is a real problem or just the typical intermittent rain this time of year.
Do you know which web site can I go into to book rooms in Coban. I have read the reviews and would like to book a twin room for 2 nights in September 2011 but can't find a web site that has rooms for Coban. I am particularly interested in Pension Monja Blanca or hotels around that price range.
Does anyone know about the condition of the road from Nebaj to Coban? It appears to be only about 100 km, but in Guatemala, that can be an eternity if the road isn't maintained. I will be driving a regular car.
I am going to Guatemala in early March, and am interested in driving from Coban north to Sayaxche, and then on to Flores. Does anyone know what the road is like, and if it can be traversed with a regular car?