Travel Blogs from Flores
Not much to report today. We left early and spent the day in transit across Guatemala on route to Tikal which was approximately 500km away. We stopped in Rio Dulce, which was quite nice. This scenic river flows to the Caribbean. We arrived at Villa Maya at around 6:30 pm... Tomorrow we visit Tikal.
... and were just in time to catch a ‘shuttle’ to Santa Elena (the town over the bridge to Flores). We were some of the first to get on the this minibus luckily so we had a seat each. Not so lucky for the last 20 or so people to try to get on. There were people standing up in the aisle, squashed up in the front seat, hanging out the side door and hanging on to the back of the minibus. It was quite an experience that bus ride, and Indi slept through it ...
... friendly than Mr Belize, and got to watch a load of stuff on my laptop rather than being squashed under someone’s armpit.
Arrived to Lanquin, checked in at another ‘party hostel’ which again I was really surprised to find the amount of backpackers staying there – especially Brits, as i’d really not seen a huge amount prior to here. One of those Brits was AJ who dropped my stuff off in Mexico City in earlier November and had not seen ...
... for hungry travellers. A pool and hammocks are also good for a tired traveller.
A local bar, owned by a nice San Fransiscan/Jamaican man named Bill, will serve excellent beef or chicken burittos and cold beer. A good place to watch the NFL playoffs and meet nice American couples.
This little cafe had the best coffee on the whole island (according to locals, not us). A good place ...
... military check point, something I prophesied after crossing the border. "I'll bet that in about 20 km..."
Entry to Tikal must be paid in whatever Monopoly money they have there. Everything else you can buy in USD or BZD but not entry to the park. I asked the closest shop keeper if he could exchange some $ for play money and he agreed (at a rate favourable to him, 6:1, where as the bank rate would be 7:1. Oh well, we got out 300 quetzal and bought our ...