Sunday, January 17, 2010

The only day in Guatemala...

Flores, Guatemala--look at all of those power-lines overhead! These weaving lines were typical in all of the cities in Guatemala and in all three countries for that matter.

Getting ready to zipline. While ziplining in Guatemala was a little more primitive and less sophisticated than the other places, we did get much closer to the actual plants--most times even touching them as we zipped by.

The bottom of a long climb up to the zip platform.

Climbing up up up

Hanging out on the platform

Aikins zipping through the forest.

Kern ziplining.

Moore on his way.

Stacy ziplining.

Colt ziplining.

Students chilling in the hammocks waiting to horseback ride.

Students + one horse at zip lining and horseback riding location.

Plummer and Meghan.

Cowboy Bassett.

Matt and a Guatemalan cowboy.

Colt and Grant...poor Grant got the slow horse :)

Locals carrying bags on rice on the side of a Guatemalan highway.

Horse on the side of the road in Guatemala. It was not uncommon to see horses, pigs, dogs, chickens, and many other things on the sides of the roads. Drivers needed to pretty much be prepared for anything! Some Guatemalans would tie their horses on a 10-foot leash on the side of the highway for the day...

Kids sitting on the side of a Guatemalan highway. This was another frequent site--a lot of their culture was based right around the highway.

An actual "puma crossing" sign in Guatemala.

They even have pizza hut in Guatemala!

Four people on ONE motorcycle (look closely). As you can see the transportation regulations a bit more relaxed in Central America than in the U.S.

The easiest way to get a load of people from point A to point B. This was another frequently seen site on our travels through Central America.

A typical site in Guatemala.

Today, we woke up and drove about 15 minutes to the Ixpanpajul National Park, to go ziplining. This zip line experience was fairly tame when compared to the other two, and so it didn't take very long. The park also offered horse back riding, and we decided to do that after we finished zip lining. Then we went to lunch, after which we got back on the bus. We drove a little more than an hour to the Yaxha ruins. This complex is an ancient Mayan city-state. There were multiple structures that had been uncovered, but even more that had not. We walked around the park, and then got to climb the actual steps of one of the structures. We also climbed the tallest temple in the park, using a wooden staircase built up the side of the temple. At the top we got to look out over the entire complex, and we would have seen the sunset but it was blocked by clouds. Tomorrow we will be visiting another site of Mayan ruins, and then traveling on to Belize!

The group of us before zip lining.

Some people on their horses

Climbing the first building

On our way back down the first building

The view from the top of the temple

1 comment:

  1. Wow - everything looks so awesome, Stacy - you'll have to come be a guest speaker in my classroom, we study the Mayas! Enjoy Belize