Tikal

Day 6

For the second day in a row we got up with the birds to hop on a bus.  Yesterday we rode from Chetumal, Mexico, through part of Belize and to Flores, Guatemala.  In Mexico the buses were large tourist buses however this trip marked the change to mini-buses and vans, narrow bumpy roads, potholes, stretches of gravel and non-functional air conditioning.  No reading on this ride.

In Flores, a quaint little town which is really an island in the middle of an inland lake, we got a great waterfront room with a balcony.  In this town a waterfront room is easier than you would think – the town is about a half mile square and all hotels face the water.  For this we shelled out $16.00 per night, including 2 beds, TV and wifi service.  Amazing.  The reason for this location was as a launching point for Tikal.

This morning in a deep haze we boarded a mini-bus for our one day trip to Tikal.  This amazing acropolis which is the middle of a dense jungle was a center of Mayan civilization.  The photos speak for themselves.

I forgot to mention that Plano Juno is going with us – she is a part of one of our granddaughter Mira´s school projects.

 

In addition to the historical beauty, the wildlife was incredible – howler monkeys, spider monkeys, weaver birds, parrots, etc.  And of course a pregnant tarantula which is being held by another traveler.

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2 thoughts on “Tikal

  1. Sheesh, now I wish I had continued on with you–our time in Tulum was brief but I enjoyed our 9th foreign country together. It would have been awesome to vacation with you two again.

    From reading your blog about your retirement and lack of intellectual stimulation you’ll be hereafter exposed to, I could have helped out. Too bad Big K can’t help you there.

  2. Pregnant tarantula! EEWWWWW! Those things terrify me! I think I met Plano Juno’s relative, Flat Stanley for my niece’s school project. Fun!

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