Tikal and Peten

Trip Start Jan 15, 2005
Trip End May 09, 2005

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

After I left Semuc Champey I headed up to lake Peten Itza the long way, with the chicken bus type of transport. I started off from Coban in a van, changed to a short yellow school bus and then again to another van before reaching Sayaxche. It was there I found out that the short bus driver had cheated me by telling me the wrong price. At Sayaxche I had to take a small canoe-like boat across the river and then another van on very rough, bumpy roads. I finally arrived in Santa Elena and found a cheap hotel. While in Santa Elena I had to solve my camera problem as my camera got wet at Semuc Champey. Santa Elena in on the lake and right next to Flores, a pretty island town with a bridge connecting it to Santa Elena. I stayed a few days on the lake and then headed to Tikal to check out the ruins.

The ruins were very impressive and spread over a huge area. I spent about 5 hours walking around the site, thankfully many of the paths were shaded but the heat was still stifling. The larger temples can be climbed and from the tops all that I could see was the tops of other temples and endless jungle. Some of the temples had shaky wooden stairs, really more like ladders and were a little tedious to climb but the views were well worth it.

When I left Tikal I spent a few more days at the lake, then decided to take the easy way back down south instead of doing it the hard way. I took a direct bus to Guatemala City and then to Antigua.
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