Hidden Temples

Trip Start Feb 10, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Monday, July 5, 2010

So given the reports on Guatemala and the fact we were running out of time we decided to just do a whistle-stop tour on our way to Belize to Flore to visit Tikal a huge Mayan site and apparently also the base of the rebel camp in Star Wars... geeky stuff!

The site is incredible and completely different to Copan which is more about the carvings,Tikal on the other hand is all about the pyramids and grand architecture, which makes for an awesome experience.
It was another early start as we headed to Tikal at 5am to catch the sunrise over the ruins, unfortunately this was a bit of a fail as the sun had risen well before we got there! Though it was still nice to catch the early morning rays on the ruins and to be there before the tour buses poured in.
To get to the site you have to walk through a forest, here I beat my current record with 10 mosquito bites in 10 minutes, YEAHHH!!!! Some more exciting wildlife was a tonne of monkeys in the trees which were sooo loud. One of the types of monkeys tries to poo on people if they come to close just to mark their territory, so we were careful not to get too close, although one monkey did have a go!!!!
When you enter the site you immediately come to two huge pyramids, one of which you can climb, this area was absolutely awesome with the sun rising behind one of the temples and casting rays in to the main plaza. The site is pretty huge, with temples and ruins stretching for a few kilometers all around, in some parts the site hasnīt been fully excavated so its cool to see the pyramids still covered in foliage. One of the highlights was climbing up Temple 4 and looking out over the site, all you can see for miles is thick jungle and then a few tops of the pyramid breaking through the canopy.
Tikal is a beautiful place and to see it as a fully working city in the middle of the jungle must have been pretty special, these ancient civilisations certainly knew location, location, location!!!
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