Tikal National Park
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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.
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.
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.