Trip Start Jan 21, 2010
46Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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On the second day that we were there, we decided to take a canoe trip to a waterfall that isn't popular with tourists. After paddling for about 40 minutes, we get to where we need to start hiking! As we get closer we hear some chatter and laughter and soon we see bags and buckets filled with various toiletries and detergents! Quite puzzled, we looked at each other, shurgged and carried on walking.....only to be intimidated by around 40 women, doing their washing. As they heard us approach, they instantly stopped what they were doing and stared at us. Even as we were discussing what we should do, they continued to stare. Whether it was out of curiosity or to intimidate us we don't know, but we quite quickly turned and walked back to our canoe!
After that little 'adventure' we paddled to a restaurant that was close to our hotel. We are the only 2 people in the restaurant and the lady gives us angry glares as we study the illegable menu. I order chicken (something I recognise) and Sean orders a Guatemalan dish that's not to be missed.. consisting of coconut butter, a humungous crab and a whole lot of shrimp! They didn't have chicken, so Sean ordered something else for me. Anyone who knows me, knows my challenged relationship with food
I'd say the events of that day were a bit of a disaster, but we had a fabulous day anyway!!
After tearing ourselves away from Hotelito Perdido, we took a chicken bus to Flores, where we planned to do a day trip to Tikal a Mayan temple site.
As we were dropping our stuff off in the hostel I heard a voice ask, 'Are you following us?' and who did I see when we turned around, but the german couple, who we now ended up sharing a room with once again! After a long day of travelling, a hot shower was called for, so off I strip and gladly hop under the hot water. The hot water systems in Guatemala (and Cuba) have a heating device at the shower head, so you flick a switch and the water gets hot..faboulous!! NOT, fortunately as I was facing the shower head I heard a pop and literaly saw the sparks and electricity travel with the water and onto me, fortunately I was faster and shreeked like a typical girl and hopped out the shower, still all in one piece! That was my excitement for the evening!
Visiting Tikal in the erly hours of the morning were an amazing experience as these ruins are quite different to any of the others we have seen on this trip as they are deep within the heart of the jungle, which is still inhabitied by various animals. We saw wild toucans as well as parrots! It was amazing to just lie on the grass and watch them hop from branch to branch. We also saw spider monkeys and didn't get a chance to spot or hear any howler monkeys, which might be a good thing as apparently they like to poo on tourists heads to show their dominance!! Tikal is a huge site, which is spread throughout the jungle, so you walk through the lush environment while on the way to the next site - it certainly is impressive, but for me, the most impressive aspect was the wildlife!