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July 26, 2003
It is definitely beneficial to speak a little Spanish to communicate with the hotel staff and waiters. The waiters did not speak any English. This is surprising because it seemed that every guest I encountered was American. However, when in Guatemala, one cannot expect everyone to speak English. I had a special challenge and had to use many words from my college Espanol, because I had been given English vouchers and had to translate them in order to receive my tour, lunch, etc.
Hopefully you will not have prepaid for a tour, lunch, and a room in advance. Lunch at the Jungle Lodge is something to write home about, only because you would want to warn others. We were served cold food, cooked hours ago. I had the charming prospects of eating an insect leg in my bun, the one food I considered safe.
As a side note, some other guests were complaining about the dampness in their rooms. I think this is probably to be expected given that you are in a rainforest.
On the bright side, you're in the perfect location to be awoken by the howler monkeys and to visit Temple IV at dawn.
From journal Side-Trip to Tikal
November 29, 2000
From journal Guatemala: Tikal