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The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

iGuat Robbed!

February 28, 2013
by Tina
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Semuc Champey and Antigua, Guatemala – We decided to take a tourist shuttle from Livingston to our next location, Semuc Champey, because it would take at least three busses and over 12 hours if we tried to do it by local busses, and there was a good chance that we couldn’t make it in one day and would have to stay overnight enroute. Sometimes a little extra money is worth the connivence.

Semuc Champey from above.

Semuc Champey from above.

We started with another beautiful trip down the Rio Dulce and then met the shuttle in Rio Dulce town. The shuttle got a late start and we ended up waiting for another passenger who was also late – a total hippy that later admitted to Stuart that we was late because he was high (he also admitted that he had head lice).

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Livingston, I presume?

February 22, 2013
by Tina
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Tikal and Livingston, Guatemala – To get to Flores, Guatemala from San Ignacio, Belize  we took a taxi to the border and then walked across, paying the exit and entry fees for both countries – it’s expensive to exit Belize, and cheap to enter Guatemala. Then we had to walk down the street after crossing the border to find the minibus to Flores.

Tikal

Tikal

It’s always a little scary entering a new country – new customs, new language and everyone knows you just got there.  We found the bus alright and soon we were jam packed in a minibus on our way to Flores.

Flores, where most people stay who visit Tikal, is a small island in a lake. It’s small and touristy and there is not much going on, but really pretty. It’s not all tourist and locals hang out by the water and swim in the lake. We enjoyed the peaceful setting and our walks around the island (it takes about 20 minutes) and watching the sunset from the shore.

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A-O River!

February 16, 2013
by Tina
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Belize – After a month-long hiatus from traveling, we started again where we left off in Cancun, Mexico. We had debated about going to Belize, and finally decided that we heard enough about it to dedicate a few days there – plus we would get to add another country to our list. We flew in to Cancun because it was a lot cheaper than flying to Belize City, and we had some Pesos that we needed to get rid of. After spending a few hours in the Cancun bus station (and eating one last Mexican meal) we boarded the night bus to Belize City.

The ruins of Lamanai.

The ruins of Lamanai.

It was a decent bus, although the air conditioning was super cold, and we had an uneventful, quiet ride. We reached the border at about 4am and everyone got off the bus to walk through immigration. It went smooth for most people, but a few people who were doing the same thing we were – flying to Mexico and leaving the same day for Belize – were trying not to pay the $25 exit fee since they were technically in transit. I tried that as well stating in my broken Spanish, “En Mexico para una dia, pero no pagar?”

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