Monday, October 31, 2011

Welcome to Guatemala! - Tikal, Semuc Champey, Lanquin Cavern System, Antigua

So David and I have been running away from this hurricane for the past day. We were lucky enough to scuba dive the blue hole before the bad weather came in, so we were fortunate.

David got in his Belize tennis game, his goal is to visit and play tennis in every country.



We made our way to the ruins Tikal Guatemala after a pretty easy border crossing, sure beats my last crossing where there were over 300 people trying to cross just like me.





The ruins were great.







doing the patented David pose looking away


This used to be the capital of the Mayan empire.







It was a good day we spent with the local turkeys at the ruins





On the way to Santa Elena, I hit the coolest of all mile marks, the 123456….. Maybe I was bored…I don’t quite know.



We got a good hotel room where we met a fellow biker from Venezuela, who was nice to share some maps with us. He was a professional sky diver with 9000 jumps; you might just see us in Venezuela skydiving at some point in time off Angle falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.


Took advantage of the one outlet we had, so we charged all our stuff from the computer, how many USB connections can you have!@


As we drove through more of Guatemala, we took a lunch break and visor cleaning break.



And we saw the bad infrastructure it had, but it was still nice in some parts



No bridge.... now what?!
All throughout the highway we saw people laying out corn to drive, it was a peculiar sight to say the least trying not to run over the stuff littered all over hte highway ever few miles



As we made our way through more of northern Guatemala, we saw the devastation of the massive rains the past week.
So the road now turns into a lake....great



It took out the entire town near Las Posadas; the town had become a lake where underneath lied the city.





But it made for some killer fishing.

Saw some cool scenery of Guatemala


And David was unfortunate enough to have a dog cross his path on a blind corner and hit it...which we are sure it didn't survive. But David was fortunate not to wreck,



We arrived in Lanquin late at night missing some bolts from the bumpy gravel road we drove all day long.



Our hostel was awesome, for just $5US a night!











The following day we went to Semuc Champey, location of some limestone bridges. and some frogs

And the parking lot was prettty fancy too



It was pretty awesome



THe daily gringo migration at the lakes



The pit of death, apparently 3 people in the past 15 years have fallen in, one took 7 days, the others 20 and 45 days for the body to come out of the crazy mess it must be inside underneath the limestone.





Less than mile from Semup Champey is a cavern system.

The road her is ridiculously awesome and dangerous, check it out






The cavern system was the coolest I’ve ever been in as well David.



Using some string for some make-shift water shoes with my cool pink sandals



You have to crawl, swim, rappel, climb through the darkness through this cavern with candles, it was an amazing adventure!







The following day we headed to Antigua, and for the first time in my travels, spotted another Chacon!



Arriving we made it the Day of the Dead Celebration in Antigua, it was neat.




all the people carrying the huge heavy float 





We packed up our bikes as for the next week we are in Antigua where David will be learning Spanish at a school and I will be volunteering at a local hospital, so until next time, adios!