I just took my first ride in a helicopter. While it was pretty expensive ($3,000 for three rides), we decided to travel like the Guatemalan elites for the last part of our journey, to reach the most remote communities on our itinerary and still have a little time to explore. A 45-minute hop in a chopper saved us ten arduous hours on windy mountain roads. Our skilled pilot masterfully flew around clouds, snuck over saddles just before they were socked in, and slipped up one canyon and down the next beneath the encroaching whiteouts, eventually getting to our destination in the remote Huehuetenango region, in the highlands of western Guatemala.
The ride came with some political insight. Check this out.