Gran Hotel De La Isla
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We were picked up by our guide Jose who informed us we had picked a good day to visit Tikal as it was only 28c, the humidity however was unreal! Tikal translates as place of voices or echos. It was really good to have Jose with us as he behind the design and precise placement of each pyramid (used as lookouts) and temple (ceremonial). The Mayans thought the earth was square which is why all their building have 4 sides,the pyramids also have a set of stairs on each side facing north, ...
... to climb ladders, negotiate waterfalls through very tight holes, and basically had a great time. The water was cool, a shrinkage factor of 5. Once out of the cave we went tubing briefly down the river, that water had a shrinkage factor of 7.
Having done the adventurous stuff we headed to Semuc Champey itself. This is in a narrow gorge where a river (Rio Cahabon) flows under a natural limestone bridge, on ...
... off with all our stuff in Coban when we stopped for lunch. He finally returned, about 45 minutes late, and apologised that he’d needed to get new brake pads fitted. They, in turn, started smoking horrendously half way down the road, and make it look like we were about to all blow up. Fun and games continued in Flores, when a random street tout decided to get on and sell us a tour that clearly no-one wanted. He then drove us round in circles for a bit, and then made ...
... t comfortable at all. We shared four seats between 5 people, the rest stood and some were hanging out of the door, just holding on to a handle while driving along a cliff. And one person on top of the bus (at least he had space). The guy next to Ivo discovered after a while that Ivos shoulder would make a perfect pillow and no matter how hard Ivo tried he stuck to this idea. Although everything hurt at the end, and some swearing at the beginning, it was funny. ...
After our first and hopefully last chicken bus experience we decided to pay a little extra and go on an air-conditioned tourist bus over the border to Guatemala - soft I know! It was quite painless, although we were sad to be leaving slow, easy, English-speaking Belize and get back into the real world.
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We came to Flores to do one thing and that was to see Tikal. ...