The 90-minute bus ride to Tikal was not very eventful. Everyone in the van talked to each other, but it wasn’t life-altering.
When we arrived at the visitor center, there were 2 guys in our van who wanted to camp out for the night and see Tikal at sunrise, so they waited behind us to buy their tickets after 3pm. Tip: if you do this, you can buy tickets with tomorrow’s date, then set up your campsite.
Our guided tour was unreal. It was nothing short of mind-blowing. We stopped at the visitor’s center to get water, pee, do whatever else, and get oriented to a scale model of Tikal, so we knew what to expect.
EVERYTHING at Tikal was completely mind-blowing for me. We spent over 3 hours walking around, and the temples were massive, beautiful, and impressive. We climbed Temple IV and sat on the backside for sunset. The sunset wasn’t very good, because of some clouds, but moving to the other side right after treated us to a great view of the moon coming out for the night.
As we walked back to the van, it got REALLY dark, and the moonlight over the temples was amazing. Again, it was mind-blowing for me. Ancient cultures are super fascinating to me. The van ride back was a non-stop conversation of everyone talking about how amazing they thought Tikal was; it’s really that good.
After our return, a bunch of us went to the street fair for food and to keep talking about how awesome the trip was. If you can get to Tikal at some point in your life, do it!
Real talk: you’re only looking for the pictures, so I’m keeping this short.
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