Trip Start May 25, 2013
20Trip End Jul 25, 2013
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Once we got to the Mexican border office, we were the only people on the bus who went to get exit stamps, it was apparent we would be on our own for the rest of the journey into Guatamala. We parted ways with the rest of the people on the bus and were guided onto a small motor boat on the river
We were handed 4 pieces of paper the size of postage stamps that had been cut out using scissors, apparently, these were our ´bus tickets´ good for 2 more buses and 150 km of travel! I assumed we had been scammed, but we got on the minibus that was waiting because it was the only option. After 2 hours on an extremely picturesque stoney track through forested hills interspersed with de-forested hills, we completed the 15 km to Bethel immigration office and were stamped into Guatamala
We met "our" bus for the onward trip. The Guatamalan driver spoke English and said they had been waiting 1 1/2 hours for us, he scolded us for taking a boat accoss the river into the jungle, instead of upstream to the official border town, and did we know there are bandits up there, and someone was killed there yesterday. We said we were sorry, but we didn´t really know where we were going, we just got on the boat and that was where the boat took us.
After clearing immigration we continued for two hours on good dirt roads. The only traffic being the occassional herd of cows being driven down the road by cowboys on horses with Stetson hats (the cowboys also wore hats). Then 3 more hours on sealed roads to the beautiful old Spanish town of Flores, on a small island on Lake Peten Itza. We have been able to cool down a bit with some swimming in the lake. Tomorrow we go to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal.