Tikal National Park, Guatemala

We took a tour to Tikal in Guatemala, “one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya,” according to Wikipedia.

One of the best experiences was just driving through parts of Guatemala and getting a chance to see yet another country. Large portions of the roads were unpaved, livestock and pets roam alongside the road and run across, families lounging in hammocks outside their homes and women were seen lined up along the rivers and lakes hand washing their laundry.

Driving into the park, we stopped to see Spider Monkeys…

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Ceiba, the national tree of Guatemala. It’s huge!

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Practicing their Tarzan moves…

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Tarantula…

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We hiked along a path about 5K to get around the site and see everything. Approximately 30% of the ruins are unearthed, they estimate.

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Temple 2…

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Temple 4, the tallest pyramid built by the Maya, is 70 meters high. Even though there are technically steps going up from the bottom, they are so steep they are not seen from the top. These pictures don’t convey how freaky it was to be looking over the tree tops.

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Simon was making me panic seeing him tripping around close to the edge….

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What is Jason looking at? About a half inch from the top center of the pic is where a Spider monkey is lounging.

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(zoomed in) The monkeys were so high up…

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Whew! Lunch before the long ride back to Belize.

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