Flores and Tikal

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
Trip End May 2007

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Sunday, August 6, 2006

It is rare, I would think, that anyone would come to visit Guatemala and not visit Tikal. It is the largest and one of the oldest Mayan ruin renovations and is spectacular. Knowing I did want to see it, though never really being the tourist type, I figured taking advantage of a trip arranged by the school would be my easiest option.

However, Tikal is far away requiring either expensive flights or long bus rides. It is in the center of the northern half of the country in the middle of a deep jungle. The plan was to get to the capital and take an overnight bus to get there - and back. Ugh! It could have been worse, but since the travel part wasn't much fun, I'll leave it at that.

There is a lake nearby Tikal with an island town named Flores. It reminded me of the places Ive been to in the Bahamas where the water is clear, the air warm and everything is bright and beautiful. We arrived at 7:30 in the morning and had a lovely breakfast. We had a great hotel with clean rooms, hot water (that is certainly a big deal around here!) and nice firm beds for a change. Such a pleasant break for me.

After breakfast we rode 45 minutes to the park. Fortunately we did not have much rain nor sun so it was muggy, but relatively comfortable. The ruins are magnificent, large and overpowering. I did climb up the highest one to get the magnificent view. We were introduced to some other beings that had more than 2 feet as well (see photos).
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