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Guatemala & Mexico – Spring 2007

Journal 4 – February 20, 2007

This weekend we took a trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. It was a much needed time of relaxation and recreation.

Friday morning after a 5:30 a.m. flight and a two hour wait at the airport for some missing luggage, we were ready to get moving. We spent about an hour walking around the island town of Flores, then explored a nearby cave.

We were then taken to our hotel—appropriately named Gringo Perdido (Lost Gringo). The hotel was beautiful! There were no windows in the rooms, just open fronts with curtains. We spent most of our time in or near the lake, enjoying the clear water and swaying hammocks.

Saturday was another early morning with a 5 a.m. breakfast. We began our tour through the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal at 6, walking through the jungle and climbing the ancient pyramids. Several times we climbed above the canopy of the jungle, exposing a breathtaking view of the other distant pyramids, emerging from the treetops.

After almost seven hours of climbing the ancient ruins we returned to the hotel for another lazy afternoon in the sun. Saturday evening was spent singing on the deck…we even got mistaken for a choir by other guests!

Sunday morning found many of us on the dock to see the sunrise because we were so accustomed to the early mornings. The day was spent relaxing and enjoying the water once again.

We returned to the city in two very small planes and waited, yet again, for our luggage to arrive on the next flight. We were sad to leave such a relaxing place, but couldn’t help but feel a sense of returning home as we entered the city.

- Valerie Kauffman