I started early and as the weather was fine today after a lot of rain last night, I took the change and went up to Tikal. The trip there was smooth with nice curves uphill. Having already seen some maya temples in Mexico, this one here in Guatemala is supposed to be one of the earlier settlements long before the Mayans went to Yucatan.
Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century. (Wikipedia).
After 3 1/2 h of walking throught the jungle and visiting the various sites, I was glad to get back to the bike and ride. Now direction Hoduras and I made it until Rio Dulce, when it was already 6 pm and dark.
After Franco had guided me through the city, I went towards Guatemala, first to Tikal and then to Flores. That was the plan, but the time, which I needed at the boarder, was almost 3 hours and since Belize, the time is one hour back, which means it is getting dark already at 6.30 pm. On the way, there was this ferry boat, connecting the two sides of the river with a manual drive and right across the street the local church.
Driving in the rain and beeing late, I skipped Tikal and went directly to Flores, where I first made a short tour around this amazing little island and then found a simple, but clean little hostel at the island. The taxies here are similar to the ones in Bankog, cute little 3 wheelers everywhere and who likes, can also take the boat to get to the mainland.