Guatemala and Belize 2008

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Tikal, Guatemala

 

After Christmas '07 we went on holiday with our friends Del and Vicky. Here at our first stop we were greeted by a colourful Keel Billed Toucan. One of the highlights of Tikal was temple 1, dominating the the Grand Plaza. You'll get to see a lot of temple 1 here ... ... even from behind.
 

Temple 4 towers over the rain forrest and offers a spectacular view of temples 1, 2 and 3. You may recognise the view from the end of Star Wars Episode IV. From temple 4, a pair of Keel Billed Toucans could be seen enjoying the last rays of the setting sun.
 

Temple 1 early the next morning. The four of us posing in the Southern Acropolis.
 

Temple 1... again. Stop me if you've heard this one before.
 

Del and Vikcy atop temple 22. The four of us ready to climb the East face of temple 5. The view from the top was worth it. Margaret modelling a Mayan bed.
 

 

Temple 1. It's amazing what difference a polarizing filter makes.  
 
 

Belize

 

It was a small plane that took us from Belize City to Ambergris Caye, and on account of all of his computer game experience, Tim got to fly co-pilot. We took advantage of a chance to dive on the reef. The cirle is an ever expanding ring of air breathed out by the dive master, floating to the surface, with another diver in the background.
 

Brain coral. A nurse shark resting on the sandy bottom. A couple of days later we headed back to the mainland for a day of jungle cannopy zip-lining and underground rivier tubing.
 

After all that cold water, we were determined to stay warm and dry on the boat ride back to the Caye. Back at the Ambergris Caye, all was well at Ramon's village resort.
 

Our next day trip was to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. It was a long trip with lots to see enroute. An iguana. A small crocodile.
 

The Temple of the Jaguars at Lamanai. The High Temple. Tim atop the High Temple. A well preseved decorative mask on one of the temples.
 

 

Howler monkeys were ever present throughout the jungles of Guatemala and Belize. It's amazing that such a small monkey makes such a loud noise. Happy and well rested; must be time to go back to work.  
 
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