Flores, Guatemala

Wow, Guatemala is going to be a big one so I’m going to break it down into sections!

We left Belize at some sort of ridiculous time in the morning with a group of Irish and Canadian girls we had met, of course Joe loved being the only boy! Boat to Belize City and then an 8 hour bus journey to Flores in Guatemala. We chose this as our first destination as it is a complete contrast to where we had just come from in Belize.

Flores is situated in the north of Guatemala and is a small island on lake Péten Itza.
The view was remarkable.

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There was severe flooding on the island just before we arrived. But it appeared that it was a common problem.
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The island took just an hour to walk all the way around, it was vibrant with colour and beautifully decorated. The stores were full of Guatemalan arts and crafts.
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The evening of our arrival we were welcomed by fireworks, a street party and a parade… I would like to say it was for us but it was the final night of the “Black Christ” festival. It had been going on for over a week and people came from all over Central America to celebrate it on the island.
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Fire crackers and fireworks were let off in the street which caused crazy amount of smoke.
And the parade followed closely behind with a statue of The Black Christ.

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The next day we took a tour to the famous Tikal ruins, again from the Mayans. The best time to see the ruins and wildlife is early in the morning. So we set out at 4am!
Jaguars are rumoured to rule these ruins… Unfortunately we didn’t catch any. But we saw toucans, spider monkeys, howling monkeys and a tarantula (yuk).

The ruins were even more impressive than the ruins in Chichen Itza in Mexico.

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We spent a day wondering the streets of this Guatemalan gem and sampled some of their famous coffee… And of course beer.a href=”https://abbfabulous.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/20140209-202504.jpg”>20140209-202504.jpg20140209-201734.jpg20140209-201811.jpg20140209-201825.jpg20140209-201748.jpg20140209-201955.jpg20140209-202020.jpg

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On to Antigua…. Until next time!

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