Jungle John – a stinky loo in Guatamala

Yesterday I showed you a floating crapper, today we visit one stinky loo in the jungle.

Hubby and I traveled together ever before we were married.

On one adventure we found ourselves on a narrow, unpaved, bumpy road in Guatemala.

We were in a van with two other couples, and a driver / guide, and we were on our way to Tikal.

After a few hours of my bladder being tossed around, I asked the driver if there might be a toilet somewhere.

Looking out the window, there was thick jungle rainforest, an occasional spider monkey and who knows what else lurking in the trees. The other passengers, hubby included, laughed at me. But not the driver, he said he had friends nearby and I could use their toilet.

A bit more time passed, and I was getting desperate. I was thinking that in the future I won’t have coffee in the morning before a jungle road trip (not that this comes up all that often).

Eventually the forest thins, and random houses appear. He pulls off the road near a run down shack. There was laundry hanging out, lots of kids running around and stuff everywhere. In the corner there was a small shed with a moon shaped crescent.The driver pointed at a stinky loo.

a stinky loo

I could smell the stinky loo long before I reached the door. Not good. One of the women told me to “I wouldn’t go in there, just hold it. It’s only another hour.

They all agreed on three things: it was totally gross; they were waiting until we got to Tikal; I was nuts.

I was also obligated.

So I took a deep breathe, ran into the stinky loo, used it quickly, and opened the door to find the other five queued up to go in.

Go figure, I guess they just need someone to go first.

In case you were wondering, the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal are amazing:

Temple of the Great Jaguar in the Grand Plaza, Mayan Ruins, Tikal, Peten
Temple of the Great Jaguar in the Grand Plaza, Mayan Ruins, Tikal, Peten


This post is for the letter “J” – J is for Jungle John

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About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. I guess one thing worse than an outhouse would be an outhouse in a hot, humid jungle setting. This is a place I would want to avoid, but when nature calls….

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  2. Reminds me of a similar incident when we were in Yugoslavia (this was in the 70s). Hubby summed it up best when he said that was the first place where he’d ever used the facilities and wanted to wipe his feet AFTERWARD. :(

    • Eeeewwww! Welcome to Laugh Quotes! I love new comments from new people with the same twisted sense of humor as I have. Thanks for sharing your story. Maybe we should all carry around some sanitary wipes when we travel.

  3. Sounds like an occasion for the SheWee (is that what it was called?)
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  4. When you gotta go, you gotta go!! At least you didn’t tinkle on yourself. That is always a plus

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  5. But…when ya gotta go, ya gotta go!
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  6. Yeah, I’ve seen some pretty stinky Johns. Good for you for going first, but what’s this used to travel? You’re still taking amazing trips! In fact, in my next life I’m coming back as YOUR kid.


  7. Ha, when you gotta go you gotta go. Nothing is worse than holding it!

  8. :D :D
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  9. Great travel story. I lose all inhibitions when it comes to this!
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  10. When nature calls…enough said.

    I have had experiences like this, and I have chosen to go, every single time. You don’t get to travel much if you’re fussy :)

  11. What a funny story! I especially love “I was thinking that in the future I won’t have coffee in the morning before a jungle road trip” – who would have ever thought that’d be an issue in their day!

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  12. Thank god there was at least this loo and you did not have to go behind trees :) . Urgency makes people do that too!

    Thank you so much for your visits and comments.

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  13. You know I always love a gross bathroom story! You were very brave going first. Julie
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  14. They wanted to make sure you survived before they took the chance. I hate all outhouses. I think I would’ve peed on myself or into some unknown weeds.
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