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We discovered to our horror that on leaving Mexico we had to pay around 15 quid each to leave (237 pesos each). Of course we didn`t have this much Mexican money left after being told in Palenque that we only had to pay about a fiver`s worth of Mexican money. The immigration bloke told us to go back to Palenque to get the money from the bank (a 4 hour drive away) but luckily a French couple on our bus came to the rescue and paid it for us!! Luckily we had Guatemalan money to pay them back with!
After this long, hot and stressful bus ride from Palenque across the Mexican border and all the way to Flores in Guatemala, we decided not to stop in the horrible and hot big town of Flores. Instead we got a minibus out to El Remate and found a lovely sleepy little place along the lakeside.
After returning hot and bothered from the Tikal ruins, we ventured down to the lake and spent the afternoon relaxing on a pier and taking several refreshing deeps in the cool lake water. The lake looked like the Caribbean sea, it was so clear, and we almost expected the water to be salty!
That evening, the sunset was very dramatic as the sky turned pink and the sun reflected on the lake like a comet! We watched the sky change in colour as we enjoyed a cold beer and chatted away the evening with other travellers at the hostel.