Happy new years in advance!!

Hope you all have a great party! We went by bus to Tikal, the place is quite nice, very large temples, you can climb some and see a large extend of the tropical rain forest. Tikal reminds me a little bit of Disney land of the Maya temples. Between the trees all the leaves have been neatly cleaned up. You see signs of jaguar crossings, some kind of ant eaters crossings and some type of birds… like they can read the signs (we didn´t see any of these animals though).

The walks in the Tikal area were nice and we had an English guide which helped a lot and two friendly Americans. After returning from Tikal we had a day of rest and we walked around, had some nice food and packed. The day afterwards we travel to Caye Cauker, an island in Belize. Very Caribbean like, nice weather, a bit windy but very enjoyable. We did snorkling and walking around the island, we met up with a very nice couple, Alex and Billy at one of the grill places, where we had lobster and red snapper… absolutely lovely food! (we ate there the next day as well).

The snorkling was excellent, we swam with Sting Rays and lots of other colourful fish. In the evening we met up with Billy and Alex again, and they sang a lot in the karaoke bar. The day after we relaxed on the beach, chatted and bought some souvenirs (and ate lobster and … another fish steak) From Caye Cauker we took a flight to Punta Gorda (PG), well actually one small flight (2-3 person aircraft) and a slightly bigger one (12-15 people).

Punta Gorda is a very small town that is only used as a hub between Belize and Guatemala. We stayed at a very nice cottage place (Hickatee cottages), which had very nice spacious cottages and nice food. The staff was very friendly, they designed their place very nicely with nature. We biked around to the river and a small Maya town and hiked around the trails they have made themselves. We got stung a lot…. that was too bad.

The next day we travel by boat (1 hour) to Guatemala, and take the bus for 5 hours to Guatemala City, where we are now in the Best Western… tomorrow we travel to Antigua 🙂

Hugs and Kisses, Mike & Fleur

Hi all,

We arrived in Pana after a 3 hour bus ride through the mountains , lots of twists and turns.
The hotel is called Utz Be which means in Maya something like good house. The people are very nice, we get a kind of bungalow on top of another, with a small 2 person bed, but still a nice room. We walk around town and to the shore of the lake, very crowded but pleasant. Lots of merchants and shops selling crafts. We decide to book a hike with one of the owners of the hotel.

The hike is planned for the next day, so we go to sleep after eating at a nice Uruguay steakhouse. The next morning we wake up early and head of with Sergio and his two German Sheppard. The walk is gorgeous and the view is terrific, no tourists in sight. It takes us approx. 3 hours up and 2 hours down, but Sergio keeps us entertained with Mayan history and stories of his life. Very recommended to everyone! Afterwards we drink some beers with Sergio until we are tired and fall asleep after dinner.

The next morning we have an excursion that was pre-arranged, we have no idea where to go so we ask Sergio and he is very helpful and after the 45 minute boat ride we meet up with Perez, sadly he doesn’t speak any English so that was a shame. We go to some small companies like weavers and craftsmen to look at how they do their work and of course have to drop by their shop. We end up with 2 paintings and a nice scarf 🙂 We wait an hour or so in the sun for our express boat back.

We walk more around town, have some lunch and dinner and end up playing cards in the lobby. Today we will walk around some more until we travel to Chici (the biggest market in Guatemala).

Kisses, Mike & Fleur

The morning starts by waking up early in the morning at 4:00 after going to bed at 1:00, so we are both a little bit tired. We get picked up by the taxi drives and we get transported (mainly sleeping) to Schiphol airport The queue is already there when we arrive and we need to wait an hour or so before it is our time to check in. After checking we head off to our gate which happens to be nearly at the end of Schiphol. We board the plane and sit next to Dutch people from either Brabant or Limburg that do not know the definition of shutting up.

One of those situations where you think… what did we do.. After a delay of one hour we arrive in Madrid and have to run to our plane in order to be on time… And then we have to wait 2 1/2 hours before we actually leave… Iberia is not good at keeping track of passengers and hence they ´lost´ one passenger… on the plane… terrific isn´t it. We have to id ourselves to make sure we are who we say we are (they don´t seem to know who sits at what spot). Anyways no really annoying loud people here so after 10+ hours we arrive in Guatemala.

In Guatemala we get on our transfer taxi and after a few hours (and some detours) we arrive in the hotel, get some money from the ATM machine (that charged us three times the amount), get some nice Mexican food at Frieda´s and get some ZzZ´s.

The next morning is walking through the city, eating and enjoying the sun. The city view looks like any other Hispanic type of country, very colourful and nice people. A meal costs around 7-10 euros a person, a bottle of Rum costs about 5 euro (real brands no brand less crap) but a bottle of wine is very expensive (in comparison).

We walked past some churches and had some nice views of the volcanos near Antigua. We had lots of problems with Cash Machines, so we had to call the Postbank to try and find out what happens… Today we have to travel to another city, so we´ll let you know how it goes from there 🙂 so far.. nice weather, good food and enjoyable scenery.

Kisses, Mike & Fleur