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TIKAL ME ELMO......

NOT SO FUNNY WHEN YOU HAVE ANTS IN YOUR SHOES

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Greetings from Flores, Guatemala and our final stop before crossing into Belize tomorrow. We have had an incredibly long but rewarding day traveling and visiting Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

Our day started with a 6:30 departure where we all piled into the boat and back to our van. It should be noted that I am so committed to my blog that I am included all these terrible pictures of myself in never before seen tank tops (ugh!). We were all very discouraged by the weather as we headed off on our four hour journey to the ancient Mayan site. The rain barely let up the entire drive and we couldn’t imagine having to trek through these enormous ruins in the rain. Andrew, our guide encouraged us not to give up as the rains often stop and clear as quickly as they start. We were only 20 minutes from the site when the skies cleared and made way for a spectacular afternoon. I am taking some credit for that because I have been incredible lucky since purchasing my super dooper rain poncho and not yet needing to take it out of the original packaging. I even lugged it around with me out of superstition and that lucky poncho did not let me down. Although it wasn't terribly hot the humidity was brutal and I was soaked by the time I got home.

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We had an amazing guide Migal who was very passionate about the 30+ years he had spent guiding in Tikal. Tikal is an UNESCO world heritage site that originally had more than 3000 structures and the city of Tikal covers more than 16 square kms. During our five hour visit, we were able to climb both the highest temple and one with the most amazing view of the plaza area.

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Did you know Guatemala means land of many trees? We certainly saw why today since there are more than 300 varieties of trees in the park. It is the largest tropical rainforest in Guatemala and Central America. It also has 333 species of birds, 54 mammals and 38 species of snakes. We saw the fruit loop bird. Actually two different types of Toucans. Amazing!

Our final supper in Guatemala was a real adventure. We went to a restaurant that serves local traditional food. Nothing that the Bailey’s wouldn’t try. Several of us ordered different dishes so we could share. Gayle had the local fish. I had wild boar and was able to try Armadillo and some large rodent. Not bad but no need to look up how to import any of those.

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Fortunately we encountered less dangerous creatures today although Gayle and I both, simultaneously while not standing near each other, got swarmed by small biting ants. As I was pulling off my sock to get the ones that had crawled inside out, I looked over to see Gayle with her shoe off. No one else got bitten. Talk about bonding. No ill effects from these bites.

We are both exhausted and need to get some rest so we will check in tomorrow from Belize.

Posted by curlygirl 22:33 Archived in Guatemala Tagged g adventures flores tikal

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Ants and large rodents!!!! Shelley I will travel only with you to a spa! You look and sound like you are having a wonderful time. Love the pics!

by Nancy parsons

I believe your large rodent was a tepezcuintle.

by Lorna Gladman

Yup Lorna

by curlygirl

I'm so impressed that you went to the top of both temples. Such incredible views!

by Lorna Gladman

I'm with Nancy. Spa only! Have a great time!

by Tammy Murphy

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