Trip Start Nov 08, 2008
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

To flee the expensive prices in Belize I headed west to Guatemala, specifically to Flores, which is a pretty little town on an island in the middle of a big blue lake. I traveled across the border with Robin and Bob, a couple from Indiana, I think, who are in the process of building a house in Panama. The crossing was without incident, and when we arrived we were swiftly picked up by a tourist van that shuttled us around until we found hotel with the perfect view--Lacondon.

Although Flores is beautiful, and Iīm sure I could have spent some time swimming or kayaking in the lake, I was there for a different reason--to visit the ruins of Tikal. Iīd already seen quite a few ruins, but Tikalīs one of the must-sees in Guatemala, so I had to do it.

I decided to take a tour this time, as I havenīt really had a guide take me around any of the other ruins. The tour was based around the archaeology and nature that surround the site. Our guide, Luis, knew where to find all of the hidden wildlife in the park, including more birds than I can remember, a crocodile, tarantulas, and spider and howler monkeys. We alo climbed all the major temples, at one point coming up to teh same level as a family of howler monkeys. Surrounded by so much wildlife and flora, it was difficult to believe that the whole area was exposed when the Maya were living there. They had cut down all the trees in the surrounding area.  
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coleyl on

Sounds like a great start to an amazing journey. I don't know where you are now, a week later, but know that I am thinking of you and wishing you safe travels.

marmaladejenn on

you are such a nerd...
... but then so was our guide because he made sure to point that out when we were up there.

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