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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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Dec 23, 2012 - Flores, offerings and Tikal

Flores is a pretty little town but with a free morning, I spent it in bed catching up on some rest. Let's face it, my body is not used to climbing over ruins for 5 days straight. After a leisurly walk around town and some souvenier shopping, we once again boarded a bus to Tikal where we were camping for the night. That night we made an offering to the Mayan gods (should have been done on 21st but couldn't due to the rain) and a guy in full Mayan outfit joined us. I did feel sorry for him as the head dress weighs about 3kg. What can I say,...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Oct 28, 2012 - Flores

Flores and Tikal ruins Flores is a beautiful town on a tiny island with Tuk Tuk taxis and a lake so warm you can swim in it. Andy decided he could swim across it in 10 mins to the mainland. Off he went. Being only mildly interested I checked every minute or so to make sure there were still bits of dental floss flicking across the water to ensure he was progressing and of course managed to get chatting to a couple from County meathe. They started it really. It was the lad who made himself known ' ah Jesus , will he not rest a minute before...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Tikal

Well after another 9 hour bumpy and crammed ride we arrived in Flores.Flores is a small island on a lake with a lot of charm.We got in about 6pm and I was glad to be off the bus.The one thing I was not glad about was the heat and humidity.Flores is in the lowlands of Guatemala and the weather is similiar to that of Florida this time of the year.I made my way to my hotel where I thought I'd be staying because the night before I had made reservations.Well come to find out that whoever booked me did not write me in the book and they just so...

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Hola Mis Amigos!

Mar 27, 2012 - Back to Flores

Well, it is time to leave Tikal after three very nice days here. But the bus does not leave until noon. We have to be out of our hotel room by 11 a.m. Time for one last search for the American Pygmy Kingfisher. I tried a different pond that I had not searched before. Stayed there for a while but no luck. Went back to the first pond that I had searched several times before. I was running out of time. Just one hour more. I had given up hope. Then, at the last minute, I found him. The Pygmy Kingfisher is a beautiful little bird that appeals...

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Find Tom 4

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

Mar 23, 2012 - Flores

We were told that in Bethel we could get a bus to Flores. The 9 a.m. bus did not show up. Neither did the 10 a.m. bus. Finally a bus arrived at noon, after waiting since 8.30 in this tiny village. We spent our time here watching all the animals that were roaming around the village. We watched the cats having sex, the dogs chasing the cats, the chickens looking for food and the male turkey strutting about with his tail feathers spread out to make sure everyone knew how wonderful he was. Bethel is in the Guatemalan state or province of...

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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

Dec 29, 2011 - Flores,Guatemala

Well,after a long ride to Flores we took off a little later this morning and headed to Tikal, but not to see the ruins... zip line adventure number 2! A bunch of us headed out with William our driver for the day--ziplining, some time at the beach then home for a relaxing evening. The zip line at Tikal is 8 lines and about 30 m off the ground-not overly adventurous for an old pro like myself- or so I thought! One is told if they wish to challenge themselves they can let go of the cable etc and flip upside down...the guide did it no...

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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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Sep 9, 2011 - The Descent: Caving in Belize

Hey guys, This is just a quick update to let you know what we're up to. We're currently in Flores, Guatemala, having crossed the border and spent the day roaming the awe-inspiring Mayan site of Tikal. The two days previous to that we spent at an eco-lodge in San Ignacio, Belize. Yesterday we went caving in Crystal Caves in Blue Hole National Park. So cool! It was only the two of us and our guide as this was the more diffucult spelunking expedition. During the hour and a half hike through the dense jungle of Blue Hole National Park and up...

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Jul 19, 2011 - A beautiful lake to swim in and amazing sunsets.

Flores Guatemala. 19/7/11 A beautiful lake to swim in and amazing sunsets. It was a short ride to the border where we did the usual border formalities, passports, stamps and fees to get in and out. We changed some money at a fairly good rate a got a taxi to Flores, which didn’t seem too expensive, and seeing as there weren’t any buses to be seen, seemed a fairly good choice. There were a few army and police check points along the way, and large sections of the road were missing and full of large pot holes which would swallow a truck. The...

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3rd Gap Year

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