2015, Guatemala, North America

Going to Tikal, Guatemala

My trip to Tikal was part of my first trip ever to Central America. Somehow I never made it to the region until 2015, despite the many years I spent living nearby in the States. I guess I felt it was always around the corner and easy to access. I ended up having to make the trip all the way from Japan instead, having to fly through the States anyway.

I got to Tikal by car from Belize. I had heard very little about Tikal, other than that it was the less visited version of other Mayan ruins in the region. Of course, that made it more interesting to me right off the bat. It’s actually one of the largest Mayan sites.

Along the drive in
Morning laundry time
Clear directions

It’s always nice to have nice directions, in a language you can understand. It’s amazing the number of times over the years I’ve had to do a lot of pure guessing on when and where to turn, etc. Technology has certainly changed this!

More views along the way
Craftsman at work

No matter where I am, I’m always impressed by what people are able to do with a few tools. I’m still not really able to create much of anything.

I like pineapples, so had to post this picture

So after arriving in Tikal my guide took me through the rainforest to the different temples and ruins. I sort of expected well trodden, wide paths, but that wasn’t the case.

This is about as wide as it got.
Walked by some interesting scenes
My guide. And this is totally not a path.

More from Tikal itself on the next post.

Gear List

  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
  • XF 10-24mm f/4.0
  • XF 23mm f/1.4

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