Tikal Ruinas

The rest day in Flores was planned for a visit to Tikal, a 90 minutes drive northeast. Most of us wanted to be there to watch a spectacular sunrise over the ancient site, thus got up a 2:30am, taxied to Tikal at 3am and after another 40 minute walk waited at the top of temple #4 for the sun to rise. Unfortunately nature has its own rules and shortly before sunrise mist pulled in and covered the forest into a white nothing, which only revealed the voices of the howler monkeys and birds. Only this photo could catch a bit of a glimpse of what it would have possibly been, if there were no clouds …

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (source: Wikipedia).

We spend about 4 hours at the huge site with a guide. Some of the pyramid temples could be climbed and opened a fantastic view over the dense forest and the other temples.


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Although the conditions at Tikal were not the best the group kept its good mood and didn’t miss a chance to entertain the rest.

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Parrots and Spider Monkeys added their part to the show …

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Btw. What does it mean, that the guides license expires on Dec. 21, 2012?

Arrived at Copan Ruinas

We arrived at our next rest day location.

After 4 days of ‘brutaliful’ cycling we are now at Copan Ruinas, close to the border to Guatemala. Tomorrow we can explore the old pre-Columbian ruins of Copán.

Now it is time to get a bit rest from the 4 battling and energy taking days.

The hotel is ‘grande’. I already had 2 ‘Cerveza Bicicleta’, spring rolls, tomato soup and ravioli.

Stay tuned to read more when I upload photos and update the details of the 4 riding days.

4 hard cycling days …

I finished the second of 4 hard cycling days. I might not be able to stay up to date with my articles ….

Rider meeting is calling

Guatemala – Earthquake

Tour d’ Afrique office informed us about the situation in Guatemala after yesterday’s earthquake.

Earthquake Update

“It would appear that the recent earthquake in Guatemala may affect our route.  We are currently gathering information on the conditions and will let you know as soon as we can what the issues may be and what changes, if any, need to be made.”

Hopefully the situation will stabilize and improve, both for the people in the concerned areas and for our tour planning.