Flores & Tikal.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
We discovered that night that at some stage we had been robbed of our binoculars, our corkscrew and a book. We retraced to the times out luggage had been out of our sight and realised it had happened back in Zipolite, Mexico when we had left our luggage for a few hours at the hotel supposedly in their safekeeping. We were NOT HAPPY!!! The binoculars were quite expensive and it is so inconvenient not having the binoculars and corkscrew.
We were telling our misfortunes to some young Swiss travellers over a drink and added that this was on top of loosing our Swiss army knife when we had our camper accident back in Oz. One lad was interpreting this to the other when the one who didn't speak English jumped up and went to his room. He shortly returned presenting us with a Swiss army knife!! It was explained to us that he was in both the fire brigade and the army so had been provided with two issues. We were very pleased to accept this amazing generosity from a total stranger. Renews ones faith!!.
The next day it was up early to catch a bus to take us to the famous Mayan jungle ruins at Tikal. Wow! It is hard to describe the stunning beauty of the ruins that rise out of the jungle. First occupied in 600 BC, most of the buildings date from 300 BC to 900 AD and include 6 towering megalith structures of temples and many other buildings with inscriptions and beautiful carvings
Time to leave Guatemala behind. The traditional Mayan people are just lovely. They are small people, gentle, caring with colourful clothes. They never hassle for a sale but are greatful if you buy. They donīt treat us with disdain in that we canīt speak Spanish but laugh along with us as we act out what we want or struggle with our Spanish phrase book. And the buses!!!! Such a theatre in themselves. But climbing the volcano and the Tikal ruins rate so very high. We will always have fond memories of Guatemala.
Footnote: Tikal National Park is UNESCO World Heritage listed.