Tikal Journals

Survivor Guatemala

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A July 2005 trip to Tikal by britgirl7

Flores from the Sky Photo, Tikal, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Once we realized how safe Belize really was, then maybe, just maybe, Guatemala would be okay too. Join me as I adventure into the jungle and explore Flores and Tikal.

Survivor Guatemala

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Overview

Santa Elena Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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I can’t speak for the whole of Guatemala, as our experiences were limited to Flores, Santa Elena, and the Tikal area. However, if the rest of the country is at all similar, then this is somewhere that should not be missed. I read the warnings about Guatemala before I left and was aware of the dangers. Most tourist crime seemed to be centered in Guatemala City, which we wouldn’t be near, but several others did hear about bus hijackings close to the Belize borders, as well as robberies and rapes in the Tikal area. We went with an open mind, but were cautious in the beginning, choosing to fly in, and then once we were comfortable with our surroundings, branched out to the local buses.In our fe...Read More

Villa del Lago

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Hotel

Villa del Lago Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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We had trouble finding a place to stay before leaving the US for our Guatemala leg of the trip, because to book anything online, they asked for your credit-card details, as well as your signature faxed to them, which, quite frankly, I just didn’t feel comfortable with. I have since learned that this is quite normal for that country, but still, in this case we decided to just wing it and show up. Right on the edge of town, we found the VILLA DEL LAGO, which, from the ground about halfway up, looked wonderful. The exterior walls were bright red, with two white columns on either side of the doorway. Look any higher and you would notice that the whole top ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

Villa del Lago
On the right as you enter the town from causeway
Tikal, Guatemala
(502) 926-0508

El Perigrino Hotel and Restaurant

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Restaurant

El Perigrino Hotel and Restaurant Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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We stumbled on El Perigrino whilst looking for dinner. I don't know the address, but if you walk the town, you will find it. Its located in the hotel of the same name. The front was all open to the streets, making it great for people-watching, and when we entered, there was a large table full of local teenagers playing cards and drinking. The decor was nothing special, as the paint was peeling and the tables looked shabby, but the smells coming out of the kitchen were wonderful. We took a table by the open doorway, as the whole wall facing the street folded away to leave the restaurant open-air on that one side. Karl ordered flank steak, plantains, black beans, and rice, whi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

El Perigrino Hotel and Restaurant

Tikal, Guatemala

Maya Princess

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Restaurant

Maya Princess Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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This find was a backpacker’s paradise and had slightly more adventurous home-cooking than all the other cafés. International dishes, such as shrimp tempura and green curry, were listed on the menu, as were plenty of vegetarian options. Outside, the Maya Princess looked quite posh with its blue walls and fancy art, but once inside, the hot-pink walls and cushions made you feel very comfortable. At 9 every night, a movie, which was listed outside, came on the big TV. During our visit it was a badly pirated copy of "Star Wars" that looked like someone had taken their video into a movie theatre, taped the whole thing, and added the English.As Karl is a huge "Star Wars" fan, he sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

Maya Princess
Reforma Street 10
Tikal, Guatemala
502 926 3797

La Luna

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Restaurant

La Luna Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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The first night we arrived, this restaurant was closed and we were pretty sad, as the Lonely Planet had really recommended it so highly. However, we struck gold the second night, when we walked past and saw the lights on and smelt the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. On the outside, La Luna looks very artsy with blue exterior walls painted with a moon. There were shutters across the windows and flowers growing up the walls. We knew this place had gotten good reviews, but it was also more expensive than the other restaurants. Still, when a place is called the "best restaurant in Flores" you really can’t pass up the opportunity to go, now can you?? Well, we weren’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

La Luna
Calle 30 de Junio
Tikal, Guatemala

Flores

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Story/Tip

Flores from the Sky Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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From Belize City we wanted to fly into FLORES and then take the bus out once we were done, just to see the sights from both land and air. It was a good choice, as both modes of transport were quite an adventure. After boarding the small propeller plane in Belize, we took off, did a circle, and landed again. Where we here already?? Surely this looked just the same as the airport we just left?? Well, it was the same airport. We had returned, as the pilot had forgotten two travelers. Can't imagine American airlines doing that, can you? So, now we were finally all aboard. That made six of us, and it was back into the air to try this again. I’m not a nervous flyer, but my knuckl...Read More

Tikal

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Story/Tip

tikal temple Photo, Tikal, Guatemala
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In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight We took the early bus to Tikal. I say bus, but really this was a van with busted-up windows and missing pieces, but it got us there. The ride took about an hour through small villages where women still carried their laundry on their heads, men were on horseback, and cattle wandered in the streets. The homes were mainly sticks with palm fronds for the roof, but every once in a while we would pass a richer town with cement walls and iron roofs.We would round a corner and then slam on the brakes to avoid the cows, horses, and kids wandering in the dusty streets. Amongst all this, though, I couldn’t help notice how a few of those...Read More