We have a few minutes b4 we will be leaving for Tikal, so Frederic is downloading some photos for the blog and I'm "allowed" to write on his blog. 😉
As Frederic said, we have had 5 days of continuous PISS weather, but we were lucky that we only saw the rainy side of the tropical storm...!
First, we spent a few days in Livingston, the Carribean side of Guatemala and a place where the Garifuna people live. Garifuna are black people (descendants of African slaves brought to the Carribean), but have a specific language and culture, different from other Carribean people and VERY different from anything I have seen in Guatemala up to now. Unfortunately, there is little opportunity to actually meet or be with "real" Garifuna in the town itself... most Garifuna have been "pushed" out of the town and live on the sea shore and all tourist business has been mostly taken over by non-Garifuna... you can eat "Authentic Garifuna Food", but it is being prepared and served by a white person or a ladino (mestizos).
We then moved on to El Peten, a different region in Guatemala and stayed 2 nights in Nuevo Horizontes.
This is a communty founded by Ex-Guerrilleros. They have decided to put down their arms and use their speech as a weapon. Their project is quite phenomenal and it was great staying there. Unfortunately, it rained continuously, so we didn't get to see as much as we wanted. Anyone who wants to check out what they are doing, here is their website:
After another 2 days of rain in Flores, we are now heading to Tikal, one of the biggest Maya Ruins of the country. It is in jungle and we will camp next to the site tonite. I think we are in for some heat (it is already quite hot and humid) and for some mean and evil mosquitoesssssss...
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