We arrived in the quaint island town of Flores on Friday morning expecting to only stay one night, but that was until we found a HOTEL (not hostal!) for £4 per night each! It had stunning views of the lake which surrounded the island of Flores with crystal clear waters which we were able to swim in. The island itself took only 20minutes to stroll around with a big hill in the middle. The main reason for stopping there was to take a day trip to Tikal, which are Mayan ruins hidden in the jungle. On the day we went there we woke up at 4am to get the bus which dropped us at the entrance of the 10mile square park to find and explore the jungle and the ruins at our leisure. Because we were one of the first visitors of the day, we saw lots of wildlife including tropical birds and howler monkeys. We discovered there are 5 temples, 3 of which we could climb up to see the whole jungle canopy, and the tops of the others temples. It was so peaceful and breathtaking, with only the jungle noises echoing through the air. The oldest temple was built in 200AD, and the second oldest in 700AD. That gives you an idea of how ancient these ruins are, and it felt like we were in the Jungle Book as we spent 8 hours searching and enjoying the jungle.
Back to our Flores island, we enjoyed lots of cheap but very tasty meals. The highlight being James´ 1 kilo of pure succulent steak for 6pounds!
From the 2 places we visited in Guatemala we really liked it and certainly saved a lot of money there! Now we have moved back into Mexico (after a very memorable journey of 36 hours spread over 3 buses and a couple of taxis which we don't have time to write about now, but will never forget it!) and we´re staying in Puerto Escondido on the South West coast. Will update you on that soon!xx