We organised a trip to Tikal via our hotel. It was just not possible for us to stay in Flores without visiting Tikal. We had been there before, in 2010 when Ashley had his arm in a cast. But Tikal is very, very special. Yes, it’s a popular site, never devoid of tourists, but it’s also huge with widely separated plazas and some excellent chances for wildlife spotting.
We were there all day and nearly managed to miss visiting the grand plaza with the temple of the Jaguar. Quite how that happened I am not quite sure – we left it till last then took a wrong turning. We ran most of the way there and got back in time for our collectivo back to Flores.
I don’t think anything I can say would do this site justice. There are a great many really lovely plazas. My personal favourite is the plaza of the seven temples.
I mentioned the wildlife. We did see monkeys but no monkey pictures here (we got better monkey pictures on other sites). We did not manage to get a photo of the dead monkey being eaten by a vulture. Those vultures do a great job of keeping the forests clean. What we did see was a trogon. This was the only sighting of a trogon we got the whole time we were in Central America. We also saw a motmot but it had lost half of its tail (and therefore could be described as a mot)… The tree in the picture is a Ceiba tree, sacred to the Maya people it represents the underworld, the real world and the heavens.