Tikal National Park

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Our ride to Flores

Wake up super early to catch my 4am shuttle back to Guatemala City. My recommendation for any tour to Tikal is already be in Guate City. You'll save yourself lots of time and money.

Anyway the plan is to shuttle from Antigua to Guatemala City. Take the (exactly) 45minute flight from there to Flores in the northern part of the country. Guides meet you at Flores airport for the 50 minute (ish) drive to the national park. Heck, I'm tired all over again just thinking about it.

Get to the park and there's a quick stop by the reception area. Use the restroom, buy water and maybe "look" and some of the souvenirs.

I recommend not buying anything until you leave. Otherwise you'll just have to carry that stuff around. The park is huge so that could make for a long day. There's a model of the park. Nixon,our guide, gave a general overview of the path that we'd take but didnt go into specific distances. He said he didnt want anyone getting tired before we even got started.

Okay, we're off.

First stop was a hill of dirt. So I thought. On the other you could see that it was a half excavated temple. Throughout the tour I saw several that were that way. It reminded me of those "after human" shows they've been showing on television alot lately. Without us doing maintenance and upkeep, nature is will take ALL of this back.

We came along a group of howler monkeys. They were up in the trees and all at once started making the awful horrible sound i've ever heard.

looks pretty peaceful
Nixon, our guide, said they do that when their terrority is being threatened. Usually done by the spider monkeys.

We were told that atop of temples 5 and 7 were great  views. So high up that we'd be looking down onto the jungle canopy. The climb up was alot easier than it has been in the past. A couple months before my visit a staircase was installed (temple 7). Getting to the top of temple 5 is still pretty vertical.

We worked our way around to the main plaza. This is were the jaguar temple is. Thats the one you see on all the postcards, etc. I made good use of the 30-40 minutes worth of free time there. After the plaza we had lunch. chicken or beef. Following lunch we headed to the reception area for souvenirs. The list price of most things were expensive. Like other places you could talk them down to something more reasonable tho.

We all fell asleep during the ride back to the airport.

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Our ride to Flores
Our ride to Flores
looks pretty peaceful
looks pretty peaceful
alligator mountain
alligator mountain
a yet to be excavated..ummm..somet…
a yet to be excavated..ummm..some…
explanation
explanation
spot the monkey
spot the monkey
jungle
jungle
more jungle
more jungle
nixon
nixon
sweating like crazy
sweating like crazy
nice view
nice view
another item checked off from the …
another item checked off from the…
it was like 8300 degrees that day
it was like 8300 degrees that day
and more jungle
and more jungle
making limestone
making limestone
crude blocks
crude blocks
shaping the limestone
shaping the limestone
naked indian
naked indian
7 temples model
7 temples model
7 temples
7 temples
no fancy weber or kenmore needed
no fancy weber or kenmore needed
i present to you...temple 5
i present to you...temple 5
going up?
going up?
its almost straight up. still goin…
its almost straight up. still goi…
the view from on high
the view from on high
in the beginning
in the beginning
watching some monkey play around
watching some monkey play around
guess he decided to come down and …
guess he decided to come down and…
hello jungle monkey
hello jungle monkey
jaguar temple
jaguar temple
something
something
at play
at play
aaaaaaaan more jungle still
aaaaaaaan more jungle still
we dub thee...the lunch temple
we dub thee...the lunch temple
park models
park models
leaving flores
leaving flores
45 minutes later?
45 minutes later?
rush hour traffic baby
rush hour traffic baby
gonna be a long drive back to anti…
gonna be a long drive back to ant…
dinner at las palmas
dinner at las palmas
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