Tikal, Guatemala

Tical Ruins WEB

Tikal, Guatemala

We left La Antigua by shuttle at about 7:00 p.m. on 21 December to connect with our bus to Guatemala City.  The bus departed at about 9:30 p.m. for the all night ride to Santa Elena; it arrived in Santa Elena on the morning of 22 December, but was 2-hours late—nonetheless, we were able to connect with our shuttle to Flores where we dropped off our packs at the hotel, and immediately headed to Tikal.  We spent over 4-hours hiking Tikal, and by the time we headed back to Flores we were  completely wiped out—very little sleep on the bus from Guatemala City to Santa Elena the night before, and the hike through Tikal was strenuous given the heat and humidity.  We had an early morning departure at 7:30 a.m. from Flores, Guatemala to Belize City, Belize, which was another 5 1/2-hours by shuttle with a border crossing at about the halfway mark—we arrived in Belize City, Belize on the afternoon of 23 December.  Today is Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is Christmas, so we’ll have to wait a couple of days before really exploring Belize.  Just finding food on Christmas Day may prove to be problematic—we’ll just have to wait and see.  “When things don’t go as planned is when the adventure begins.”  

Tical Brown Jay

Brown Jay (Wild)

Tikal, Guatemala

Tical Howler Monkey WEB

Howler Monkey (Wild)

Tikal, Guatemala

Tical Mystery Bird WEB

Mystery Bird (Wild)

Tikal, Guatemala

Photographer’s note:  I “thought” that visiting Tikal would be mostly about the ruins—and they are spectacular, so I used my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens.  Mistake. Actually, there was a lot of wildlife to be seen, and I should have used my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM super telephoto, or my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM zoom lens.  As it turned out I missed out on some great shots.  The wildlife shots I’ve included here were all shot at 105mm (not nearly long enough), and had to be tightly cropped.  As I plan to do more wildlife photography here in Belize I will be better prepared the next time around.  The Brown Jay, and my favorite monkey the Howler Monkey are easy to identify—my guide told me what the red breasted mystery bird was, but I didn’t write it down and completely forgot what he said—sorry.  SFD    

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