Mike and I joined 15 other people in our bus to travel the 8 hours from Flores to Lanquin. Surprisingly, there were no surprises. The ride was beautiful and the only challenge was to pick a new position every 30 minutes so your butt doesn't fall asleep.
We arrived at my favorite hostel so far, El Retiro (thanks Kim!). They know exactly how to host and how to make you feel at home when you are far from it. They even went so far to host a massive x-mas eve dinner with stuffing that made me feel like I should be searching the kitchen for my mom; so so good.
X-Mas lights everywhere in the communal dining room