Beers and temples
Really. I just typed out a big fat entry about Tikal and somehow lost it in cyberspace.
Something like, Tikal is huuuuge. It takes nearly an hour to cross the whole thing. It´s not just one temple it was a GIANT ancient Mayan city. Just massive. And most of it is set in gorgeous thick jungle with howler monkeys and ceiba trees and many fun jungle things.
First one we climbed was temple 4. It is the highest temple but it wasn´t as great as we had expected because we didn´t really climb much on the temple itself. We had to climb up wooden stairs on big concrete pylons. Then the top of the temple was sunny and covered in scaffolding BUT the view was pretty cool and we did get a cold beer at the bottom.
Temple 5 was amazing. The stairs to get up are also beside the temple but they´re right beside it and more like a ladder because they are so steep. At the top is a narrow ledgeway which looks out over the forest. The crumbling concrete stairs that lead down to the forest floor and are sooo steep it makes your stomach churn but it´s all very satisfying. There´s no way this would be allowed in Australia. Even with a million waiver forms.
We saw so many temples before and after this but they just weren´t as impressive after temple 5. They were fun to climb through and find moss and mazes and things and stuff. Tikal is an absolute must, even though it´s so physically painful for a lazy office monkey like me.. it´s well worth the effort.