This day we were up early - had an amazing breakfast and were on our way via van to Peten Tikal. The Mayan civilization of Tikal began about 300 B.C. and lasted more than 1,000 years. The ruins at Tikal require lots of hiking through the jungle. One person in our group was a little overcome by the heat and the humidity - no breeze. After resting and getting a cool rag for her head, we traveled on. My absolute destination was "Temple IV", after seeing Temples I, II and III, where I intended to climb to the top, above the rain forest canopy to look out on the world that the Mayan may have viewed so many thousands of years ago. It is the tallest of the four temples at this site. Our guide was Aquilino. He is a direct Mayan descendant and I learned so much from him. My photos are many, but here are a few of the best.
Yes! I made it. We had to climb a modern wooden stairway to get here, not up the stone steps as you would think. A lot easier!
This is a coati, an animal similar to our raccoon in the USA. A clan of them were around us for a short time in the jungle and at our drink stop.