09.11.2007 - 14.11.2007
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We spent a couple of days in Xela relaxing and catching up and then headed for Antigua, 3 hours north; a beautiful colonial town in the mountains between the volcanoes. The day after we arrived we took a bus to Placaya, an active volcano just outside of Antigua. It was incredible; we hiked to the top of the volcano and walked through the lava fields where the lava was still flowing. I got completely carried away with snapping pictures and forgot how dangerous it was and nearly fell through the crust and into the lava. Definitely one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. We stayed and watched an incredible sunset before hiking back down through the jungle in the dark.
Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala
Mountain top Silhouette
The next day we drove north to Tikal to see the Mayan Ruins. The roads were retarded and it ended up taking us 2 days. At one point the highway just ended at a lagoon/river and we had to put the car on a ferry and shipped it across, which ended up taking nearly 2 hours. It made for an entertaining afternoon though. They really aren’t into bridges here, or tunnels for that matter. There is no driving through mountains in Central America, just over or around them.
We took a tour to Tikal at 3am the next morning to watch the sunrise over the Mayan Ruins. Unfortunately it was raining in the rain forest, surprise surprise. It was really cool though; we sat up on the top of one of the temples and listened to the animals (incredibly loud howler monkeys, tucans etc) wake up as the sun rose. We hiked around the ruins for a few hours had breakfast and then headed back to town.
We are in Honduras at the moment headed for hotter dryer weather in the Honduran Bay Islands in the Caribbean. Hopefully I will get to do some scuba diving and get some much needed relaxation at the beach. I need a holiday from my holiday.
Mayan Ruins in Tikal Guatemala