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I headed off to Tikal with the two American air hostesses I had met in the Rio Dulce. We splashed out a whole $30 a night for dinner, bed and breakfast and a sunrise tour of Tikal. We had a shuttle drop us off outside the park entrance so we could wait the 2 hours until 3pm when we could but a ticket valid for the next day. We then has about a 12km drive through the jungle into Tikal and our hotel. Due to a mix up with transport we three we upgraded to a suite and the staff were so helpful, kind and polite. The hotel was set in the jungle and howler monkeys and small strange guineapig looking creatures, parrots and toucans hung out in the jungle garden and there was even the ... read more
Cheeky pizotes

Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Petén Region » Tikal November 20th 2012

In the morning, we were to catch our next transport to Tikal at a hotel located a couple of miles from our hotel. The hotel owner was kind enough to agree to take us to our rendezvous site. But first, breakfast! About ten minutes before we were to be at our bus stop, we gathered our gear and headed out to the owner’s truck. As things seem to go here, we were not terribly surprised when it would not start. The Ramirez family, which we discussed in yesterday’s blog, was also outside and was getting ready to leave and offered to try to jump-start the truck using their vehicle. Unfortunately for us and especially for the owner, that did not work, so at 8:30, Clay asked the Ramirez family if we could hitch a ride up ... read more
Clay at Hotel Tikal Entrance (self-photo)
Ann at Hotel Tikal Entrance
Ann's Lunch at Hotel Tikal

The Peten Inza lake looks like the caribbean sea from the air. I was a little confused when I saw the clear and turquoise water. La isla of Flores is a wonderful place to stay when exploring the ruins of Tikal. There isn't much to do but take in the lake, have some atoles (drinks like horchata and tamarindo) and tostadas and maybe go for a Tuk-Tuk ride but the ambiance gives you a nice taste of the Guatemalan countryside. We were lucky enough to find a festival on the river with music, piñata’s and lots of local food including empanadas made with Xiquinche, mushrooms that only grow after a big rain this time of year. Some would advise against eating street food but as long as what you’re eating is cooked I say it's a ... read more
Atoles yum
View from the top of templo IV

We woke up early this morning to go to Tikal, some of the largest Mayan ruins in the world. Tikal did not disappoint; it was amazing. I felt dwarfed next to the grandness of the temples. Standing there, you could just imagine life back when the Mayan empire thrived. We saw ritual sites as well as old rock carvings. There were also monkeys swinging around, and we are pretty sure we heard jaguars! However, the most incredible site was the view from Temple IV. That is one of the three temples visitors rae allowed to climb, and the view is unbeatable. On a side note, when we were up on top of Temple IV, a little girl, probably 4 years old, said to her family with her hands of her hips, "?Quien quiere hacer canopy?" (Who ... read more
View from Temple IV

It was an early morning for us today. Our sunrise tour started at 4:15 AM. At about 4 AM the howler monkeys started roring. We put on our head lamps and walked to the main lodge where we met our guide Chino. The lodge was suppose to make us breakfast to go but something got lost in translation and they weren't made. We walked into the jungle in the dark to temple IV. This temple had a set of wooden stairs going to a platform near the top. We sat there for about an hour and watched the sun come up. Then we followed our guide to a bunch more temples. We went back to the lodge for breakfast. We went swimming and took a nap before packing up and going to San Ignagco, Belize. We ... read more
Dave on Temple IV
Shana on Temple IV

Today we went to Tikal using a shuttle we booked when we arrived in Flores. There was some confusion as the company we booked with didn't show up and we went with a different company that traded in our voucher. We arrived and checked into the Jungle lodge. We have been really lucky because we haven't had any of our hotels booked in advance but it is the low season and there are hardly any tourists. We toured part of Tikal on our own today but by 1:30 it was so hot we had to leave. Back in the room we met the resident lizard we promptly named short tail Willie. We hung out at the pool for about 2 hours. The water was hot but felt good after the hot walk. We then went to ... read more
Jungle Lodge
Funny monkey sign
Ruin #6 at Tikal

Two weeks in Central America. Starting in Cancun, spending a few days in Tulum where I had wonderful days onf diving in the Cenotes. Then I spent a bit more than a week on Caye Caulker. Excellent diving, wonderuf relaxed island life. No cars, just golf carts... No mobile phone reception for me...:-) From there I had a two-days trip to Guatemala, to Tikal. I stayed in Flores, on Lago Peten Itzca, a wonderful city on a beautiful lake. Tikal. One of the most impressive places I have ever seen. Amazing architecture, and this leaves questions in your mind. Who where they? Who built this amazing city? Who was living here? Then I went to Tulum again, had the most impressive dive in the temple of doom, on April 13th...:-) The last days I spent in ... read more
ballcourt at Coba
perfectly camouflaged butterfly
ballcourt at Coba

"Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the citydominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico." See e.g., " img= read more
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Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Petén Region » Tikal February 29th 2012

Guatemala has always me think of two things: worry dolls; Those miniature colourful woven cotton handmade figurines kept in matchboxes and purchasable from the shop ‘Evolution’ “to take away your worries” and my friend Tree whose parents spent much of her formative years working tirelessly on human rights for Amnesty International in this part of the world. That’s it. I know little else about Country Number 2 of this travel adventure…. Leaving Mexico behind and crossing our first border took me further East into the isthmus of Central America. We decided to pay for the privilege of a ‘shuttle bus’ from San Cristobal to Lake Atilan as border crossings can be notoriously challenging and with warnings of the dangers of doing it alone, we wanted the easy option. For a few pesos more, the chicken bus ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Guatemala » Petén Region » Tikal February 26th 2012

David taps me on the shoulder as I awake crumpled on the bus and whispers, “Hey Drew, Just thought I’d let you know that the bus is going to be stuck here for next 8 hours. The car ferry is not working they need to fix it.” “Okay thanks for that David”, I sarcastically thought. We had just changed the itinerary the day before to realise we should have changed it to this way instead taking us back toward the south of Guatemala to Semuc Champey - to date the best destination I went to in Central America. From Honduras we could have taken a ferry to Belize, which was the original plan but we heard about Belize’s $25 exit fee and that a place called Livingstone is a good alternative in Guatemala. We looked at ... read more
2 - Tikal
3 - Mayan ceremony in Tikal
4 - just after teh cave tour they have a few swings to jump off

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