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Jan 29, 2020 - Tikal

After an overnight FDN (Fuente Del Norte) bus from Antigua to Santa Elena and a taxi ride at 5.30a just as the sun announced a new day, we arrived in Flores. We paid an extra 100 quetzals to gain early entry to our room at Villa de Lago, had a nap and went exploring. Flores is on an island connected by causeway to Santa Elena. It is small and easily walked around. We stopped for lunch at Cool Beans, a small restaurant in a hostal. Cheap like borsch and excellent typico food. Restaurants and hotels line the waterfront with small travel...

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CostaRicaToCancun

Oct 31, 2017 - Flores and Tikal, Guatemala

We left Belize for Flores in Guatemala for a few days. It was really hot! And a bit wet. Beth decided it was time to blow the budget and get a nice hotel for once! Flores is really nice, the town is on an island in Lago Petén Itza, a big freshwater lake, linked to the mainland by a manmade causeway. It has a slight Mediterranean feel, probably due to the Spanish colonisation of Guatemala back in the day. We found the Guatemalans really friendly, even though our Spanish is really rubbish. The main reason we came here was to go to Tikal, a...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Leaving Belize heading to Tikal, Guatemala

Today we leave San Ignacio and head to Belize/Guatemala border and on to Tikal in Guatemala. We got our private bus from the hotel for a short ride to the Belize border, paid our departure tax and get our passports stamped, and a short walk to the Guatemala check point Daniel our tour leader takes all the passport to get our Guatemala stamp and we head to our new bus which we will have until we get to Antigua. We are off for Tikal, a short stop to get some beers (tonight we are camping)and our tour guide and head to the park. About a hours...

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Feb 16, 2015 - Tikal 16 and 17 Feb

An easy journey got us to the border and through immigration and then we were picked up by a Guatemalan driver who took us to our jungle lodge. Gorgeous Joshua was waiting there for us and i got big hugs like a long lost friend. We had a quick lunch and the introduction to Tikal. I then left everyone to spend some time at the pool where the water was surprisingly cold. After the tour Joshua came back to reception where we met up for a beer and a long chat after which ehe left to go ato a class and I went back to have a shower and got for...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Flores to Coban

23 January Flores to Coban Mobile phone vibrated to wake me up and I thought how bad I felt as the pace was non-stop. I seriously thought I would not be able to keep doing these early starts. I hurriedly showered, dressed, put on my eyes and packed my things to then check the clock – still only 4:30! Stupid Vodafone had sent me a text and I had thought it was the alarm – so a return to bed for a couple more hours which fortunately was also enough time to get my socks dried. We then drove some distance in the bus and a short crossing of a...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Tikal

22 January Gorgeous Joshua met us to guide us around the Tikal complex and explain more about the Mayans. Their history is complicated and made more so by the unmemorable names of the towns and Heads. There were power struggles over time between Tikal and other places and some of this history explains why temples are where they are. Mainly, however, Tikal retrieved its prominent position and other settlements became mere satellites until Copan in Honduras became heavily populated. There are acres of national parkland around the site so you...

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Jan 18, 2015 - Flores

A little island rests just off the bank of a lake at Santa Elena. It is the island town of Flores. Why did we come here? I suppose I wanted to come here only because it was close and sounded like a pretty place to spend a night. Tomorrow we return to Belize, but this evening I am sitting on the balcony of our hotel watching boats come and go, listening to birds, and relaxing. The streets of Flores are multi-colored and pastel. A llight green restaurant gives way to a peach colored hotel next to a sky blue gift shop. The bridge to Santa...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Mayan City of Tikal

I am determined to do Guatemala better than I did it last time thus to fill in the details to my trip, I planned my first trip to the lost Mayan city of Tikal in Petén. I know I am again pressed with time so I didn’t want to play around at all. I bought a round trip plane ticket for the same night I arrived in Guatemala City heading up north to Tikal. This left me with a 6 hour layover filled with boredom in La’Aurora international airport. After 6 miserable hours, a 50 minute flight and a 15 minute taxi ride, I arrived in my hostel for...

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Xela 2012

Mar 16, 2014 - Flores

Bit of a late start after a couple of hectic days. Breakfast near the pool (Vicki got real tea - yoohoo!). After catching up on a bit of internet, reading and lying around the pool, went for a walk around Flores. Flores is a tiny island, It only takes 10 mins–maybe 15 if you’re strolling–to walk right around the island. From end to end it’s only a quarter of a mile. And ringing the island is a paved walkway so you can take in an unobstructed view of Lake Peten Itza in 360 degrees. Only one small causeway connects Flores to the mainland and...

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Mar 15, 2014 - Tikal

After breakfast we had a walk down to the nearby Saturday markets. This was mainly fresh food, some handicraft and clothing stalls. Then it was a short ride to the Guatemalan Border. Exited Belize (after paying the usual departure tax) and then walked over to Guatemala immigration, which seemed to be a pretty casual affair. Don't actually pass through immigration as such, just walk into a covered area, pay your $US3 entry fee, get your passport stamped, and come back out the same door. Only problem was when I checked my passport, they had...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Cancelled flight and more!

At 5:25 AM the lights came on… Seems they were on when the power went out the night before so I woke up five minutes early. At least I got to brush my teeth in the light! Then put the bag outside and up to the lodge for the bag o breakfast. Cheese sandwich, an orange, a box of mango juice and a pack of crackers. There were lots of people there getting vans. And then there was just us. Ana called and the driver thought we were to be picked up at 6:00 PM. So we hung around a bit. He showed up and we sped to the airport. He must have broken...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Tikal!!

Up at 6:00 and try to shower. The hot water took a while yesterday so I turned on the shower and sink and did the few last bits of packing. Back in the bathroom there was still no hot water. Five minutes later still none… So I washed with cold water – no shower though. Then down for breakfast. The first thing I noticed was blue sky. The clouds had cleared and the temperature had warmed considerably! It looked like the start of a nice day. Meal was the same as yesterday but the place was packed with college students. We finally got done and...

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