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Archive for January, 2009

Tikal at Night

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

My first night in Guatamala I was taken into the jungle by two strange men with one gun and I didn’t have a torch. It was everything that my mother would have warned me about if she knew I was in Guatamala. At the gates of Tikal (the most spectacular Mayan ruin of Central America) […]

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Crossing and Conflict

Friday, January 30th, 2009

My crossing into Guatamala went relatively easy other than the women in the photocopying shop being out at lunch forcing me to walk over the bridge in full motorcycle kit in the noon sun. When Guatamala gained independence they claimed Belize as theirs. The British which had been plundering the land of hardwood trees (mahogany […]

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Guatamala and Guns

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I am heading into Guatamala today and for the first time on my trip I am not meeting anyone in the next few days so pretty much on my own from here on in, so I am quite nervous. Also I found out that people are allowed to carry guns in Guatamala. Like the US […]

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Belize is still in conflict with Guatemala but it has been going on for a while. Caracol is a large ancient Mayan city in Belize which was once defeated by Tikal in Guatemala and once conquered Tikal. A couple cool facts are that the ancient Mayans had a complex reservoir system that still is in […]

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Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

ATM Cave (the Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) is a vast cave system that has been left with all the Mayan artefacts intact and is strewn with sacrificial bowls and skeletons. But what is really fun is the three hours of wading up underground rivers, scrabbling up and over rock formations, the pitch black and […]

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Cave Canoeing and Butterfly Ranch

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Riding around on my motorcycle we went to Barton’s Creek Cave and canoed a mile into a cave used by the Mayans for the ritual sacrifice of virgins (children). They were high born as their foreheads had been flattened at birth. I don’t blame them for thinking the cave was a holy place as the […]

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San Ignacio

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Unfortunately due to meeting some Canadians the night of arriving in San Ignacio (20,000 people town in the west of Belize, 9 miles from the Guatemala border) and consuming 1 too many Belize beers we had a day lying around the room reading ‘The 8:55 to Baghdad’, a travel book following Agatha Christie’s journey to […]

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12,000 Miles

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Hummingbird Highway was a lot brighter on the way back up north. I also clocked my 12,000 mile.

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Disappointed in Dangriga

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

There was two things I was really looking forward to seeing Dangriga. A crocodile sanctuary that is also an eco-lodge with a zip line (flying fox) that turned out to have closed a few months ago. And Shark Cave – a underwater cave that sharks hangout in. We went to the only tour operator in […]

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Hummingbird Highway

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I didn’t see any hummingbirds riding along the highway (it might have helped if it wasn’t raining) but after a warning of a highway full of trucks with steep curves and no shoulders I had a lovely ride along an almost deserted highway through jungle and misty mountains. Passed a lot of citrus fruit orchards.

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