Ssshhhh

Yesterday was quite a day: we got up for the early morning daybreak tour of Tikal, trucked further to see Uaxactún, moved a fallen tree, travelled back to the airstrip to fly back to Guatemala City….. So this morning, on our last day, we had a gentle stroll around a couple of museums in Guatemala City…

Uaxactún: a private tour

Diana being the amazing guide she is, offered us a change in the schedule for today.  She elicited our opinions on visiting another site deeper into the rainforest and received a unanimous HELL YEAH!!! In a travelling style that made Jen’s day (more than the Tuktuks I think), we climbed onto the back of a…

Tikal all the time in the world

We are alive!!!!! Seems that rainforests and wi-fi don’t go together very well. Well, we had a 3:30am wake-up call so we could catch a flight to the Petén region to see the big one – Tikal.  It was a short flight, and we saw the volcanos near Guatemala city at the start and Flores just…

Better chocolate than never

This afternoon we visited a chocolatiers to discover the method by which the Maya used to make their famous chocolate drink.  Here is the process we followed: Our guide could have been a stand-up comedian, he was a terrific entertainer and educator.  He showed us the cocoa beans at every stage, and although the fermentation…

It belongs in a museum

Just before lunch we headed to the museum Casa Santo Domingo, an impressive building comprising of an old church and convent.  It is a fusion of old and new in its architecture and collections. We went into the archaeological rooms where Diane talked us through countless artifacts, mostly from 200-900AD. I have added comments onto…

Saqär k’a?

A lot of learning took place today, it was time for me to be the student for a change – a very enjoyable change it was too. In the morning we went to Casa Herrara, a beautifully renovated 17th century mansion, which acts as a research and teaching facility for Mesoamerican archaeologists.  We had a look around and an…