Flores & Tikal

Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
Trip End May 2009

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Early start at 5 am to get to Flores....a small town under construction. It seems they are re building the roads -  all of them, so everything is covered in thick dust. We are here because Flores is near Tikal, but no one thought to tell the town that tourists might drop by, so its very quaint, rough an ready. Our hotel is like Faulty Towers but overlooking Lake Peten Itza rather than Torquay... all mod cons, it has an air con unit that sounds like a 747 is landing in your room.
Set off at 5 am... again ( and this is meant to be a holiday ) to get to Tikal before the masses and it gets too hot. Its a huge Mayan site, bigger than any of the others we have visited so far and set in lush jungle. We got to see lots of beautiful birds , Coati Mundi ( big Racoons ) , Agoti ( big Hampsters) and Spider Monkeys ...which pee on you for fun and if they are naffed off they throw other nasty stuff at you! Top Tip, don't open your mouth when looking up!!
For my money, Pelenque in Mexico is a better Mayan site, the carvings are outstanding and the surroundings are as good. While Tikal is impressive in terms of scale and you can climb a lot of the ruins, there are no stone carvings to see.
Found out we cant go back to Mexico to fly home, but have to go Belize instead....another stamp in the passport, but not sure how we will transfer flights as we leave at 6am in the morning and BA is shut.......aghhhh. If my boss is reading this, I might be late in on Tuesday, assuming I make it back ; O )
Mable x

4 o clock..... I need to say it again 4 o clock, Mable refused to write teacher a note saying he was too ill to get up so he had to.  It was a long drive and sleeping in the bus made difficult by the state of the roads, so Mac only managed about 3 to 4 hours!  The village has been attacked by giant moles which have dug up all the streets, apparently they are going to put the electric cables underground, well that will stop people plugging into the electric supply illegally.  While the moles were at work they found evidence of Mayan settlements here, then as far as Mac can gather they ignored it and continued to dig.  The following day Mac was up at 4 o clock again, YES I KNOW, now this is not funny.  The drive to Pelenque was as bumpy as the previous day, Mac managed to snooze much to Mable's disgust.  If you can only visit one Myan site, save up your pocket money and come here, it is spectacular.  Not only for the ruins but the wildlife, monkeys, birds, crocodiles ooh so many to mention.  The climb to the top of the tallest temples is not for the faint hearted but the views spectacular.  Going down is a nightmare, hint, donīt look down, if all else fails gravity will take over.  These Myan geezers were great builders and this site equals the shopping centre at Farnborough.  One being a place where human sacrifices were made the other a place where people go to smack their kids, very similar.   It is very hot here, unfortunately the air conditioning unit is louder than a Napalm Death concert so got turned off.  The hotel is fine, it is only missing Basil and Cybil, there are plenty of Manwel's. 

Mac and Mable have also just heard that GAP are stopping all tours to Mexico, which means they are re-routing to Belize.  This was ok until Mac learnt   that there is no topless sunbathing there, he is still sulking.  All they have to do now is try and re-arrange their flights and get shot of the Mexican money they have, where is that dodgy money swapping bloke Mac saw the other day?   Mac
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