Flores, Guatemala 31st Aug - 2nd Sept

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Introduction

We spent a whole night and a whole day travelling by bus but we made it. This was an unexpected place to end up as we just took the first bus out of Belize to any city in Guatemala and Flores ended up to be where we went!

Flores itself is a small island on a lake and is connected by one road. Its mainly set up for tourists passing through so lots of restaurants and souvenir shops. The buildings were very pretty and all painted in blues and pinks with tin roofs.

We didn't stay here too long as it was very quiet and there are only so many times you can walk around the same island!Although we are very glad we stopped here as we had yet another highlight of our trip so far.....


Highlights

Tikal Ruins

We booked on for the 3am tour of the ruins, meaning we had to get up at 2am! The idea behind this was that we would arrive at the Tikal park for around 4.30 and then hike through the jungle in the dark and make it to the top of the biggest pyramid/temple for 5-5.30 when the sun begins to rise....and the best part...the jungle starts to wake up.

We sat at the top of the pyramid and listened to all the strange noises. Howler monkeys were waking up all over the jungle canopy and we could hear them howling away, they sounded  more like panthers than monkeys! Also spider monkeys were waking up and swinging past us too!

After taking some time listening to the noises as the sun rose we walked through the jungle some more to see some more of the ruins and learn a bit more about the history.This whole area is a lost Mayan city in the jungle that fell & was abandoned in the 10th century. It only got re-discovered in the 1900's and they are still uncovering buildings under all the soil and shrubbery, so far they have uncovered over 16,000 buildings.

The main towers and pyramids are all laid out in a particular way facing the sun so that the light hits through the windows at the right times of the day. One of the pyramids is so steep and dangerous, tourists are no longer allowed to climb however as we were there so early in the morning, no security was there to catch us!

In the main central area, if you stand on the ground where the sacrificial fire used to be in the middle and clap your hands, you hear a strange squeaking sound up in one of the pyramid windows above. Very strange!

Of course it was great to learn about the history here, but the most fantastic part was being deep in the jungle hearing it wake up. We are glad we paid the extra money to go on the tour at this time.

We also saw parrots, toucans, ant eaters. Our guide also found a tarantula and let us hold it!


Food & Drink

Favourite Local Dish: Eggs Ranchero - Traditional breakfast dish - Scrambled eggs with special sauce, tortillas, refried beans, sweet baked bananas & coffee.

New Tastes:
Eggs Ranchero

International McDonalds Meal:
No Maccas

Strangest Thing to Happen

Arguing our way through at customs so we could get out of Belize for free (as we were entitled to) No luck. Our choice was pay or prison. We had to give some other tourists from our bus money as they had none!!

Accommodation

Not sure what it was called but it was $15 a night for a basic private room

Expenses             

                Meals:  $3 - $4             

                Water: $1 for 1.5 litres             

                Tikal 3AM Tour: $50

                Exit Fee Mexico (Bribe): $37 Each

                Exit Fee Belize (Bribe): $17 Each


Average Daily Spend per person: $60

Transport there forboth of us:
$130 Bus from Cancun to Belize City, then another bus to Flores

Total Spend for both of us inc.Transport:
$370    
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Gordon on

What a great time your having==Well done.= Stay safe=

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