A Week in Guatemala
The two videos below are from the Mayan ruins of Tikal, in the state of Peten, Guatemala. It was magical at sunset and there was barely anyone around (one good thing about visiting in off season). The second video shows a large pack coati (relatives of raccoons). We also saw tucans and monkeys in the park.
Tikal was once the most important Mayan site. Most of the ruins remain covered and buried by rainforest. Many of the limestone structures are built in groups of two facing each other, to align perfectly with the sunrise and sunset (some as high as 70 meters/230 feet). The higher the structure, the more intimidating it was to other groups, and also indicates the economy was prosperous. Tikal was abandoned around 900 A.D. due to overpopulation and deforestation.
My favorite place in Guatemela was Lake Atitlan. A magical place that is said to be one of the three energy vortexs in the world (the others are Machu Pichu and thepyramids of Giza). It did feel like a very special place to me. How can a lake surrounded by volcanoes and rainforest be any other way? 🙂 There are many towns that surround the lake, I stayed in San Marcos (the hippie town). Also took a fabulous nearly two hour yoga class from Robin at La Paz.
One of my favorite moments was spending hours sitting on this dock all by myself, just contemplating and taking it all in. I also booked my accomadation online, and when I arrived did not realize it was a treehouse! That was a pleasant surprise that made me laugh. However, when I returned later at night I discovered it was crawling in massive rainforest spiders (I’m terrified of spiders). After spending an hour standing in the middle of the room debating what to do and trying to kill the biggest one (which I failed at), I pulled the mattress to the middle of the room and barely slept all night. Had planned on staying another night but just couldn’t do it! These are the things why I love traveling…you never know what to expect. Even though at times it can be scary….it is never boring.
Overall I loved Guatemala and could easily spend more time here. A week was not nearly enough. I also felt safe being here alone, although I didn’t go out at night. Next country on my list…..Honduras!