27th August - 29th August 2009
From Lanquin to Flores there is a mammoth amount of speed humps that slowed everyone almost to a stop and made it a painful drive. As a lot of the people treat the roads like a race track and they don't have the money to have police around every corner like they do in Victoria instead they use the speed hump and you can find them in the middle of nowhere on a country road. Davo is the only person I know that would be able to maintain a cruising speed over the bumps in his commodore.
After travelling all day we arrived in Flores in the rain and organized the Tikal tour for 5am the following morning as the sunset is apparently amazing. Sadly when we arrived the sun was up and it was overcast. We did however meet up with many friends from Lanquin and the tour guide turned up with a tarantella on his shoulder that had just bitten him and he was complaining of itchiness. He had a zany personality that we thought may have been from the bite but it kept us entertained all day.
The pyramids are huge and by the time we climbed the first one it had cleared up with an amazing view. The second one we climbed was really steep. It had a wooden ladder on the side to the top where there was a small platform with way too many people. I was freaking out a bit as two travelers had fallen to their deaths on another pyramid that is now closed. The stairs down the front are so steep that if you lost your balance there is no way you could stop until the bottom, fifty meters down. The photos don't do it justice, it was huge and steep.
That afternoon we had some Hungry Jacks for the air con as much as the burgers and were off the next morning as we were both keen to go to Belize and dive the Blue Hole.