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Mingling with the Mayans in Guatemala


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As we were so close to the very famous Maya ruins of Tikal, we couldn’t of course miss to see them. So we jumped in a boat in Livingston and drove along the beautiful Rio Dulce River that goes right through the jungle and up to the town of Rio Dulce. We stopped on the way in a small indigenous village in the middle of the jungle.

We spent a night in Flores close to Tikal. Flores is actually a small island that sits in the Lago de Petén Itzá. After spending about an hour there we realized that it was just an island whose sole purpose of existence is to trap tourists there. There were only hotels, crappy restaurants and agencies selling tours to Tikal. So the next morning we set out for El Remate, a small village on the other side of the lake.

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El Remate is a more relaxing place and more in our taste than Flores. We have spent a few days here relaxing in the sun and paddling in the lake. This morning we took an early ride to the Tikal ruins and got there just as the sun was rising. The ruins are spread out in the jungle so you have to do short walks through the forest in order to get from one place to another. There were a lot of monkeys climbing the trees and you could hear the howler monkeys howling in the distance. We were really lucky, because we got to spend some time alone marvelling at some of the impressive buildings rising high up in the middle of the jungle. A few of the temples rise around 60m from the ground and the view from the top of them was fantastic; you could see the whole surrounding forest and some other temples rising up from it. Tikal must be one of the most impressive ruins we have seen so far.

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