The Zoo in Flores and Grutas Actun Can (Caves with BATS!!! EEEECK!)
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We woke up on Thursday the 12th and decided to go to Guatemala!#$%^& What the heck...we only live once!
The Guatemala border is only a 5 minute drive from Robert's house in Benque. We took a Taxi to the border, walked through customs and off we went. I'm so happy I had my own personal tour guide (Robert) the whole trip. It's definitely helpful to be with someone who already knows what to do and where to go.
We took a "mini" bus to get to our destination, Santa Elena. What an experience that was!! It's about a 2 hour ride and these mini vans that take people from city to city take off from the border every couple of minutes. So, we found one, which just had room for the 2 of us (so I thought) and off we went. Little did I know that people would be getting off and on in villages all the way to our destination.
The van dropped us off in the center of town and we walked to a nearby hotel that Robert had stayed in before. Checked in, had lunch and then had a personal tour guide (well...more of just a driver) from the hotel take us to the Grutas Actun Can (caves).
The driver dropped us off and we walked up to the little hut where you purchase your tickets. We were expecting to have a guided tour. However, it turns out, that on weekdays...there are no guides. So, we were on our own. And.
Of course, my trusty personal tour guide coerced me into entering. He promised they would not attack me and that they were only at the entrance. After some hesitation, I decided to trust him and went on in. It was actually really cool being the only people there. We went about on our own through the scary caves. And of course, as I expected, we ended up getting lost. But only a little. We were in there a good 45 minutes.
Once we finished our self-guided cave tour we were off to the zoo.
After the zoo we went back to the hotel, showered and changed and went out for a nice dinner. We had an early night as we had a long day ahead of us at Tikal.