We bused through quite quickly
Belize + Guatemala - 5 Weeks
We spent just 5 days in Belize
and it was nice to be able to communicate with the english speaking locals who seemed very fond of the British, fuck knows why. The capital was a dump and it was hilarious to watch people come off the cruise ships to their little fenced off area to buy T-shirts and other crap souvenirs and really think they had been to Belize. Before crossing into Guatemala we paid to take a tour from Benque viejo del carman of a cave, we swam into the entrance of the cave and walked about a kilometre into it wading through water and squeezing through tight spaces in the rocks until we eventually came to the mumified body of a young girl that had been sacrificed it a ceremony performed using many ceramic pots which were around her body, the people used to believe that the caves were the entrance to hell.
Guatemala - 4 weeks
Tikal was like Palenque only bigger and better. We camped a couple of nights in the grounds and spent time meandering through the many temples and mounds
An old / important building
that were uncovered temples. The views of the jungle canopy from the top of the temples were fantstic and it was great listening to the howler monkies and watching the birdlife fly all over.
The scenery in Guatemala was fantastic, full of jungle covered hills, we took a river trip and got to see another side of the jungle and in el paraiso, north of lake Izabal we came across a stream, heated by the volcano, which cooled as it spilled over a waterfall, forming what was a natural shower.
We bused around the country stopping in some towns, Chichicastenango is a colorful market town in the highlands and from Quetzaltenango we Climbed Mount Tajumulco, the highest point in Central america. We had to pay quite a bit but it was worth it as most of the price was put back into the local comunity. It was a really cool experience, we climbed up to 4000m to camp, it was freezing up there and I ended up sleeping next to the fire staring up at the star filled sky. Next morning we awoke at 4 am and climbed the remaining 220m to the top in
The tourist area for those that want to visit Belize for an hour and buy a T-shirt
time for the sun rise. The view was fantastic and it was cool to watch the clouds spill over the top of the adjacent mountain range.
We spent 5 days on Lago de Atilan, a lake shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanos on its southern flank and the combination of volcano and lake yields some amazing scenery typical of Guatemala. We hired some kayaks and explored the lake and we relaxed and sampled some of the local crop.
From the lake we passed straight through the capital, spent a couple of days in the pretty Antigua, a world heritage site set at the foot of some more volcanoes and then we crossed the border via Chiquimula and arrived in Honduras. I lost my photos so I borrowed some from the internet just to show the top sites visited, Sorry if anyone is offended
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