9 Days in Belize and Tikal, Guatemala
A Travelogue by John Niebler
Pictures by John Niebler and John Zastrow
Wed April 2nd
Zastrow- “<yawn>I had the best nights sleep.”
I almost hit him.
We met Luis and ate breakfast at the only place that was open at 6am.
We were getting an early start so we could head to the airport early,
in case of trouble. We all had omelets and coffee. It was good.
We got into BZE around 5:30pm. Aprill had made reservations for us at the Embassy Suites across from the airport. Well, it was the Embassy hotel. Definitely not part of a chain. The old guy that owned the place, a graduate of Bob Jones University, had a thick southern accent. I imagine he had been down there for at least 30 years doing missionary work and was actively missioning while we were there. He gave us some of the boiled chicken dinner they were eating at $10 US a plate. Nothing was cheap on this trip. Was pretty good, but both of us got sick for three days. Not badly, but we were sick.
|The Mayan Ruins|
|Temple I from the top of Temple II|
|North Acropolis from Temple II|
|From top of Temple IV|
|Temple I and ball court|
|Stilea with altars behind|
|Stilea of a Mayan Warrior. He has a headress and is holding a staff.|
|Sweat house (I think.)|
|Administrative buildings. The archealogist Maudslay lived in a small room in the left doorway for three years while excavating Temple I.|
Temple I in about 1848. Notice that the jungle grew right to the tops of the temples. 145 feet high. Built in about 700 A.D.
|Buried temple. We climbed this one.|
|All that sticks out of the top. All the temples were this way before being excavated.|
|Unexcavated mounds. Probably small temples. These are about 40 feet high.|
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