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Rio Dulce, Flores & Tikal

Buses, boats and broken buildings...

Left Antigua some time a few days ago on a shuttle bus which dropped us in Guatemala city. Fortunately we only had to see the inside of a bus station before we were on our way again for a long journey cross country to Rio Dulce. This is basically a river which flows out of Lake Izabel in eastern Guatemala, all the way to the carribean. There´s a little town where the lake meets the river called Fronteras where we spent a funny night staying in a Yachties hangout called Brunos...

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Had a cool room with views over the jungly river...

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The town itself was not that great though so we decided to get straight out of there the next day and head on up to Flores in northern Guatemala. Here is Rusty managing to smile very nicely considering he had already been standing up for 3 hours of a 4 hour bus journey!!

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Anyway after that we arrived in Flores, this place is cooooooooool! Its on a lake linked to the town of Santa Elena by a spit of land 500m long and is like a tiny island! Its really nicely done....apart from the roads.... and they have the usual tuk tuks racing around...

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The view you get is amazing and we took advantage of the happy hour at a bar right on the front, we got to look at this as we drank the best frozen Mojitos....

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After this we sat on our hotel balcony and watched the sun set into the lake before heading out for a lovely dinner at a restaurant reaching out on stilts over the water...

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Up early the next day to get a shuttle to Tikal, we saw some ruins at Copan but we were not prepared for the sheer scale of these ancient mayan buildings...

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Walking around we came across some bloke who had a big Tarantula....he said it was his pet but I think he just found it in the Jungle!!! Anyway you could hold it if you wanted here`s Cath....

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There is a pic of Rusty holding it too, but he is NOT smiling!! We spent a good few hours wandering around Tikal and taking in the atmosphere of it all, but the best moment by far was getting to the top of Temple IV (the highest one) where the view over the Peten jungle was simply breathtaking...

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All in all we´ve had a fab time in Guatemala, but it´s nearly over! We´re heading back to Rio Dulce tomorrow to catch a boat down the river to Livingstone, from where we can catch a ferry to Punta Gorda in Belize (Kirst I guess you´ll prob start recognising the photos from this entry on!) Not long to go now, miss you all lots and lots, C&R xxx

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Posted by russncath 16:14 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking

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Hey guys, pictures look amazing as ever!!U both look really well too, liking the tans!I am at school, so so hungover, think its going to be a long day!!Miss you both lots. Love you.xxxx

by empainter

Hi you two! This sounds amazing and I am very jealous. You both look so well - will tavelling become a way of life? We miss you very much and whilst really enjoying your blogs, we cannot wait to have you home again. You will be able to keep us entranced with tales for many an evening to come. Love you both very much. Mum and Dad xxxxxx

by lhaynes

Hi Both. Glad your back to fine fettle Rusty Egg. The ruins look amazing, it's a fantastic trip you've put together you really have gone far to the outer reaches of Flung . I stand in awe of the spider thing you are a braver woman than I.
Miss you loads, big love xxxxxx

by LauraLiz09

Ha ha!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo cool!!!!! I have sat on the self-same balcony in Flores many times looking out over the lake! I stayed across the water in San-something-or-other when I was doing my month learning Spanish, and we used to go across to Flores in the afternoons! Glad you liked Tikal, the pics look good. Nice pidey....
Also glad you got to climb Temple IV as some of them were closed off the last time I went.
Happy days!!!!!!! Can't wait til you hit Belize! Lots of love and jealousy, Worsten
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by worst

P.S. Did you see any monkeys at Tikal? x

by worst

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