Flores & Tikal
Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
65Trip End May 2009
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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 )
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
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