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TIKAL, GUATEMALA

Tikal, Guatemala January 12th, 2012

sunny 30 °C

While staying in San Ignacio, Belize, we were only 30min from the Belize / Guatemala border. So we went to Guatemala for 1 day to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal, only 2hrs over the border. Crossing the border was a breeze! Some countries are such a hassle & take forever, but it only took about 10min. Mind you, we were there bright & early so there werent too many travelers there yet. The drive through the rainforest was incredible! It was a gorgeous foggy / misty morning!
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Truck load of oranges.
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We made a pitstop to use the bathroom and grab snacks in a small village along the way. Here is a villager weaving blankets.
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Wooden masks for sale in a gift shop.
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We finally arrived at Tikal and our guide led us through the rainforest to the pyramids. Theres ALOT of walking required so wear good shoes.

This is a HUGE Cieba Tree - Guatemala's national tree.
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Looking up at the tree.
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There were Spider Monkeys swinging everywhere in the trees :)
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And noisy Howler Monkeys! Their howl is terrifying! It sounds like a jaguar. Its quite scary listening to them howl at eachother if you dont know its just a little monkey!
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This is the back of the main pyramid that you see on every postcard. Can you find me? I look tiny next to it!
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The front of the same pyramid in the above photo.
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There are 2 pyramids facing eachother. You are only allowed to climb one though. This is the view from the top.
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Me climbing some of the smaller surrounding ruins for a different view.
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Our guide found a tarantula and for some crazy reason I held it!!
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I was calm until it started climbing up my arm!
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Busy Leaf Cutter Ants were everywhere!
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'Highway' of Leaf Cutter Ants
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The view from the tallest pyramid. I guess a scene from Star Wars was filmed here.
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On our walks amongst the ruins we spotted a coatimundi.
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And we also saw some Wild Turkeys!
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Just before the entrance to the ruins is a zip-line course! So we gave it a go. It was the first time for both of us!! The first zip was scary because we didnt know what to expect, but after that it was fun!!
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We zipped over & through the tree tops :)
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Well, thats all for our day in Guatemala. We then headed back across the border. Spent a few more days with Jedd & Amanda before they flew home and we flew to the Galapagos Islands.

Posted by ChantelleS 13:05 Archived in Guatemala Tagged ruins guatemala mayan tikal Comments (0)

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