After finishing up our tour at Tikal, the group was able to wind down a bit before catching the flight back to Guatemala City in the town of Flores, a quaint little town on an island in Lake Petén Itzá. Flores was a great little town, one that I could have handled having a bit more time in, and I was surprised by how charming it was. It was a nice way to end the trip.
One of the items on our Guatemala bucket list was to make it to the Mayan ruins at Tikal. With my in-laws in town visiting, DiploMom was kind enough to send me off for a long day trip to see the ruins. One can drive an insane 10 hours to get to Tikal, or book a tour and take a 45 minute flight and have a turismo van and guide waiting for you and other passengers for the remaining hour drive to reach the ruins.
It makes for an early wake up call to catch the flight that leaves at 6:30 am and then a full day with a return flight around 8:00 pm, but all the effort is most definitely worth it.
Here is the Great Plaza, with views of Temple 1 and Temple 2
Views from the top of Temple 4
Plaza of the Seven Temples
Mundo Perdido Complex