Eh, let's go to Guatemala

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Guatemala, Central America
So today we decided why not hop the border to Guatemala and check out their largest Mayan site, Tikal. After the 30 minute trek down the "road" from Black Rock, it was only a 15 minute ride to the border. We had to get out of our vehicle and cross on foot, where we then switched vehicles to be with a Guatemalan driver who drove us the rest of the way to Tikal.

Tikal was discovered in 1848 and has had extensive renovations making it possible to picture what life was like back when it was occupied back in 550AD . It's quite expansive with many buildings to climb and explore. We spent several hours checking it out, and making the climb up steep steps to the top of the tall temples. 

We even got to see some spider monkeys and wild turkey as we explored the grounds. We ate lunch at a little restaurant right on site and then it was back in the van for the 2 hour ride back to the Belize border. It was a little bit of a hassle with having to cross the border, but Tikal is well worth it! The place is huge and the kids enjoyed being able to climb around and explore all the tall buildings.