Guatemala, Part 3 of 3, May to August 2019
Guatemala Road Trip Part 3 of 3
22-31 July: Flores
Another long bus journey, but again, worth all of the 10 long hours! Our family run 2* hotel, Casa Itzayana, was wonderful, exceptionally clean, air-conditioning, hot water shower, terrace over looking Lake Peten and amazingly helpful staff. Flores is wonderful, an island linked to Santa Elena by a causeway.
From here we visited Tikal.
Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, likely called Yax Mutal, found in a rainforest in Northern Guatemala.
It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya Civilisation, with huge pyramids, tombs and carvings. In 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
Tikal Temple, 47 Metres (154 ft high)
A small island in Lake Peten is home to the Mayan museum, Museo Santa Barbara and from where radio Peten is broadcast.
Lancha to the island
The views were amazing from the mirador lookout at San Miguel, across the lake from Flores.
Friendly pig oblivious to its fate
Another boat ride took us to ARCAS animal sanctuary, where animals are rescued from ill health or illegal trading. Very sad to see them caged, but better off here than ill in the wild or mistreated on the black market.
The centre was home for jaguars, monkeys, crocs, parrots, toucans amongst many other species.
Our final excursion from Flores was to Ixpanpajul Nature Reserve where we crossed six valleys by high suspension foot bridges, walked through jungle up to a lookout point, flew down six ziplines and finished with a relaxing ride around the park!
Time to head back to the Rio Dulce to check on Lady Rebel!
We had managed to find a nice little cabin to rent at Willie’s Marina, across the river from RAM Marina where Lady Rebel was situated. Our priority was to launch the dinghy as the cabin was only accessible by water.
From the cabin to the dinghy dock
In between boat jobs we celebrated Ken’s Birthday with a bbq at the cabin and a boat trip (booze cruise) down the river!
Pre-boarding the boat ‘Sledgehammer’ Birthday beer and pizza!
A walk up to the Tijax lookout tower
View from tower top across to RAM Marina
Our last adventure prior to visiting the UK for ten weeks was a trip down river by launch, to Tenamit Maya Ziplining and Obstacle Course! The scenery was amazing, the ziplining extensive and thrilling and the obstacle course a challenge!
Certainly a challenge, but all good fun!
Mid August to End October: UK ….. by plane!