Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Chaa Creek

Flag of Belize  , Cayo,
Thursday, July 8, 2010

** Unfortunately a sickening incident happened three days later – I accidently deleted all the photos of TIKAL, BARTON CREEK and BELIZE ZOO from my memory stick whilst checking through the menu on the camera. I have no idea how but it happened in a second.  So we fail to have any pictorial evidence of these days. 

After all the excitement of El Mirador yesterday today we were going to take a tour of Tikal before leaving Guatemala for Belize.

Visiting El Mirador helped us to understand Tikal and how it was formed.  It is understood that Maya people moved to this site when El Mirador was abandoned.  Parts of Tikal were evident at the same time as later El Mirador but the city grew bigger later become most populated during the Classic Period of 200 – 900 AD.  Tikal is magnificent, what was a wealthy metropolis and home to an estimated 100,000 inhabitants, it was an important religious, scientific and political center.

Edie writes:
" We got up and breackfast and met David who took us to Tikal wich was right next to the hotel.  Tikal was bilt around 600 BC and took over from El Mirador as the Mayans started leaving.  We climbed up a hill and sat down at the top of the City of the Dead and looked over the Gran Plaza.  We saw temple 1 wich was for a King and temple 2 wich was for a Queen.  We then walked past tempol 3 and climbed Tempol 4 last wich had 196 steps.  We went to the Lost City and we saw a tarantula with a red bottom.  We had lunch beside the market place in Tikal."

Tikal is marvellous and we did not even touch the sides of it. You really need a full day or two for a leisurely walk and to start early before all the crowds arrive.  If only these people could see El Mirador too – the money is here and I bet any traveller would include it in their programme as the two Maya sites so close together and covering such a long period of history is exceptional. David drove us to the border and waved goodbye to us as Jose guided us through the Belize customs and border control.  We were now in our eighteenth country since leaving the UK and the first one in South and Latin America where the language is English.  Welcome home-ish.
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