Our tour guide was really good and showed us the ceiba tree, which was central to spirituality of the local Maya – The roots tied into the underworld, the branches to the heavens, and the trunk to this life. Looking at this specimen, it’s easy to see why:
|It might not look like much, but this figure is over 6 feet tall.|
Henceforth, so that these posts actually get up, we're going to go with a slightly different approach - lots of pictures, little text. Hopefully this will help us get through our backlog!
After Tikal, we took a very, very long ride in the back of a van to Lanquin (of the 2 roads that lead there, one was washed out and the other covered in rubble. We had to go the looooong way round), where we were supposed to go on a tour of some cascades, but decided we'd had enough of early mornings and seen enough patches of water that we instead decided to float down a river in inner tubes instead :) A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
|Those aren't clouds... (well, not all of them)|
When we got to the top, we visited the Lava Store, sat in some sauna holes, and most exciting of all - Lava-Roasted Marshmallows!!! While I thought these were fantastic, the little dog which we dubbed chicken dog (all the dogs that came with us got temporary names) thought marshmallow time was the greatest thing in the world!