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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

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 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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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 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 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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Jan 14, 2013 - Tikal

The bus ride was semi-comfortable. The seats recline a lot, so you almost believe you are lying prone, or is that prone to lying ? It really was acceptable - have certainly been on worse. Arrived to Flores, on Lago Peten, at 05:30 and arranged a combi-bus ride to Tikal, about an hour away. Dropped off our luggage at our hotel in the Tikal Park, and off exploring we went. We were first greeted by a 'band' of about a hundred Coatimundi's; actually maybe should be called a symphony or choir. Tikal is huge; about six square miles of about 3000...

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Mar 24, 2012 - Tikal

Today we travelled by bus to Tikal. We are staying at the lovely Tikal Inn. This is a beautiful place but because it is in the jungle there is no electricity. The inn has a generator but it does not run 24 hours per day. We only have electriciy for two hours in the morning and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Good think I have a flashlight.

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Find Tom 4

Dec 30, 2011 - Tikal, Guatemala

William wasn't wrong, apparently he never is... We had a 5 am start for our journey to the largest Mayan site in Central America. We journied through the park as the sky lightened. As we left the van David, a local guide and expert of Tikal, told us it is approximately 16 square kilometers with about 20% of it having been excavated, however that is more than some of the ruins and sites to be found here in the area. We trekked to some of the celebratory sites as he explained the theory behind these identical areas throughout the site - they...

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Christmas 2011

Sep 10, 2011 - Tikal of the Wild (haha)

Hey all! It took a while to get to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, but fortunately for our backsides, our group unanimously decided to spend an extra Q70 per person (a bit less than $10) to charter a van rather than riding the 'chicken bus' as we have gotten used to doing. We arrived in the afternoon and found we had the city to ourselves, our guide Miguel said that it was because most tours only run in the morning and he makes an exception for GAP(our tour group). Tikal was inhabited for about 1000 years and abandoned long before Coumbus...

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Jun 25, 2011 - Tikal

On the way to Flores our group decided to spend a bit of extra money and take a private van so that we could take a detour to the ruins of Tikal. These are probably the most impressive ruins I have seen so far and are really quite large. It took about three hours to walk all of the way through them as there are so many and some of them take a while to get to the top. I also had the opportunity to see and hear quite a few different Howler monkeys which are really quite cool. These monkeys sound absolutely ferocious from a distance as their...

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