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Tikal, Guatemala – Our Last Maya Adventure

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Tikal was our last Maya adventure during our Belize travels. We crossed the Belize border into Guatemala without trouble and the roads were safe and fairly maintained. We drove along Lake Peten Itza and I wish we had time to swim. The water was calling my name! At Tikal we saw pretty yellow birds, Spider Monkeys, and Coatis. Along the park road there are animal crossing signs for snakes, deer, turkeys, and Jaguars. Seeing a sign for Jaguar crossings is a definite first! Tikal had modern wooden stairs that take you to the tops of the temples and pyramids. In Belize and Mexico we just climbed the stone steps. In some of the structures we could try out the Maya rock lounges or beds. The kids could not understand how the Mayas slept on stone. I am sure they had blankets and pillows to fluff things up a bit. It is pretty amazing laying on a stone bed that Mayas slept on thousands of years ago! The day we chose to visit was a holiday so the park was overflowing with people, both young and old. Entire Guatemalan families spent the day exploring Tikal along with us. Parts of Tikal are still being excavated. It’s crazy how a giant pyramid can hide underneath nature. Some of the temples are being restored, like the one above. That same scene can be found in Star Wars Episode 4, without the green tarp. My science fiction geek husband came up with that trivia. Love you Brad ;-) We finished the day with warm coconut water… not nearly as refreshing and sweet as cold coconut water, but drinkable. And at least I got a cute shot of Sawyer. Signing off, Tina
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5 thoughts on “Tikal, Guatemala – Our Last Maya Adventure

    • Tina Ernspiker says:

      Thx! We want to visit Warwick when it is finished. Maybe we will see you guys. And you are welcome to stay with us if you want to visit!

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