Throughout the weekend, we had the problem that I like to call the "Slowest Common Denominator." Basically, this means that any large group always moves only as fast as the slowest person in the group. It's not always the same person, but there is always someone at every stop. On this trip, I think we were all the slowest common denominator at some point, but the big annoyances were the Guatemalan border crossing and every restaurant we ate at.
After lunch, we found our hostel. The 6 younger people were all staying in Los Amigos Hostel. The atmosphere at the hostel was great. Very rustic and they even had a parrot. But the accommodations were a bit lacking. While I still think I am young enough to stay at a hostel, I fully realize that I am willing to pay more than $7 a night for some A/C or my own bathroom. I think by the time I turn 30, I may have to say good bye to the hostel for good. But, I still have a few years left.
Tikal is home to some of the largest excavations of Mayan ruins in the world. In its heyday, Tikal was home to over 100,000 people. Considering this about the size of Belize City or about 1/3 of the entire population of Belize, this is a pretty astounding city. The city was "lost" for years before being discovered in the mid 1800s. Real excavations of the site did not begin until the 1950s and it is still ongoing today.
There were five main temples and lots of other low-lying buildings. Temples I and II are on opposite sides of the Grand Plaza. You can climb Temple II which gives a great view of the Plaza and the Temple I Great Jaguar across the Plaza. (see right).
After we left Temple IV, we tried to make our way to Temple V, but got lost and ended up on the path out of the park. We decided to head for food and then for home. A few more pictures below.
|Sam and I with the canopy and Temples behind us.|