Gran Hotel De La Isla
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Today we woke up at an unreasonable time to go to Tikal. The unreasonable time was 4am. We got on the bus and slept until we got to Tikal, which was only like 45 minutes. Once we got there we were able to buy some aqua and some snacks. They wanted to charge us 50Qs which is like 8 bucks for two pieces of bread and we were like IN YOUR DREAMS BUD. We then sat down at a table and met this people from all around the world who were now travelling together, and guess what. They ...
... s no electricity here, and judging by the women carrying large jugs of water, there's probably no running water too. Pretty much all the men and boys, some that can't be much older than 8 or 9, carry long machete's, returning from a day spent cutting corn, bananas or sugar cane. Occassionally the minibus would slow to a crawl to allow people to jump on the side of the minibus on a ladder, or climb on top of the minibus roof to catch a lift ...
... this time much further, to the bus depot. LP and Wikitravel say there are buses that leave every hour, but I wanted to check. Here there only appears to be one firm who does it, and that is only a couple of times a day. I'll be aiming for the 6am departure.
Back at the hostel I was joined once again by Cecila. She is good chat, and has an unnverving way of getting a lot of info outta you. We were eventually joined by Robin. He's staying ...
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Our last morning in Antigua began with a ride up the mountains to Santa Maria de Jesus. We arrived just at the time when Mass was letting out and enjoyed seeing all the Maya ladies in their colorful dress. the women in this town wear very fancy aprons on top of their skirts and huipils. the morning was a bit chilly and they also wore shawls for warmth. Sunday was market day and we had a ...
... then stay away. There was also some interesting wildlife there and I was able to get right up to a tarantula spider. Or at least I got close enough while other people decided to stroke it. One of the guides said that this should be fine, as long as it doesn't try to attack you. This didn't seem to deter a list of tourists wanting to touch the spider. My view is that people like the Aussie wildlife guy, Steve Irwin went about touching wild creatures. Look what happened ...