Tikal and Ziplining

I found more of that delicious Guatemalan internet, and today it’s not half bad, so here is a pictureful post of today for you!

This picture was taken from the top of Temple I, Tikal, and as you can see it was pretty dizzing for vertigo sufferers. Luckily, though, we didn’t take the stone steps up because people tend to fall off those and die. Instead, we took a steeper set of rickety wooden stairs off to the side.

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Here’s a view of the same temple from another angle, and as you can see it has been restored very carefully. Tikal was amazing in terms of it’s resoration, and I got to see some workers actively chopping blocks under the direction of an archeologist for further resortation of the 1000 odd temples in the area.

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We visited Tikal at 5:00am, in the hopes of seeing the sunrise from Temple IV, but unfortunately it was overcast. Luckily, one of the guides basically told everyone to shut up, and we got to sit peacefully on top of the temple and listen to the sounds of the jungle for a good 20 minutes. My camera did something weird in the silence though, it took completely green pictures when I tried to frame one particular part of the jungle (thrice repeated), even after subsequent normal pictures. No scientific explanation available.

In the afternoon we went to a nearby ziplining adventure company and did a tour of the jungle canopy with 9 different ziplines. I have a bunch of hiliarious videos that will have to wait to my return to Canada to become available. Here’s a picture of those of us who did the ziplining:

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I got a lot of enjoyment out of teasing Francesca (the blonde in the middle) over her unhappiness about heights by doing this:

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As you can see, I’m having a ton of fun, and the next stop is San Ignacio, where I plan on spending a night in the jungle, exploring caves and camping with bats!