We were only there a month ago, but it really feels like so much has happened since our Belize adventures! I want to wrap up vacation posts (finally!), so today I’ll share a little bit about our trip into Tikal, and tomorrow I’ll finish up with some gorgeous beach photos.
I wrote a bit about touring the ATM cave, which is sincerely one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. In an effort to cram as much adventure as possible into three days, though, we following our cave tour with a little trip into Guatemala, to visit Tikal. Tikal is one of the largest and most excavated sites on the Mayan civilization, and is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. If I recall correctly, and I may not, Tikal was most active between 300 and 700 AD. It’s comprised of a number of temple groups/plazas, and six huge limestone pyramids that can reach about 200 ft high.
I made reservations a few days before we left the states with BZM Tours, and could not have been more thrilled with their service. Albert was great via email, and arranged for us to meet up with him locally, then drove us over to the Guatemalan tour. Two great things- first, Evan and I were the only ones on this tour, which I loved! I think many times tour companies cancel if a tour isn’t full, so I was pretty thrilled that we were able to have our tour with just us. Secondly, Albert handled everything at the border, so all we had to do was hand over our passports for a stamp- it’s my understanding that crossing can sometimes get a bit hectic, but ours was really smooth.
So, once we crossed the border we met with our Guatemalan driver, and all four of us left for the park. The drive was about an hour and a half, and then we met with our guide at Tikal. Luis was amazing, and shared tons of knowledge with us regarding the history of Tikal…and offered me some allspice oil when I got a few mosquito bites, which was incredibly welcome and surprisingly effective.
The tour itself was pretty long- I would say that we were in the park for about three or so hours. We climbed several of the pyramids, and got an extensive lecture on Mayan astrology. Then we still had to drive two and a half hours back to our lodge J Even though we were exhausted, I’m really, really glad that we went- these were some of the most impressive ruins of the Mayan civilization, and I’m a history person. I thought it was great!