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Jungle Love in Guatemala

written by Adri September 15, 2017
Jungle Love in Guatemala

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Flores, Petén. Guatemala

We flew to Mundo Maya International Airport so we could save some time.

We stayed in Flores for a night and did a day tour to Yaxhá. Only payed for the trip there as we didn’t want a guide. Cost was Q60.00 just for transport, most of the hotels should be able to book transport for you.

Side note:  Most of the photos were taken with Sony α7R II and edited with Lightroom and Photoshop to create the banners.

Yaxhá ruins

When we got to Yaxhá  all we knew was that we need to be at Temple 216 by sunset time. We found a few friendly park guards who told us the must see spots. Yaxhá makes it easy to imagine how this civilisation was like. No crowds to mess with your imagination.

We were at the temple 216 before sunset and it seemed as there wasn’t going to be a sunset. The tour guide informed us it was time to leave.  We didn’t want to but we had heard some stories about this particular guide from the park guards.

After going down all those stairs he noticed there was gonna be a sunset. He rushed everyone to this other temple, sunset was amazing but in all that rush we had no time for photos.

Yaxha-Yaxhá archeological site in Guatemala

Visiting Yaxhá ruins in Guatemala

We went back to our hotel Casona de la Isla, who had kindly let us checked in early, this hotel was really the cutest, we later found out that it had been recently renovated.  They have the best included breakfast of all the hotels we stayed at.  Highly recommend their Coconut French toast!  Staff here were great and so accommodating to our requests.

Expedia

Travel tip: If you book the  Casona de la Isla request for a room on the higher floors.

 

Where to stay in Flores, Guatemala

Tikal, Petén. Guatemala

Transport to Tikal was booked by the reception at Casona de la Isla, cost was Q50 each. We stayed in Tikal for 2 nights for the “real” Jungle experience. Jungle Lodge was a lil Oasis in the middle of the Jungle. Jungle Lodge in Tikal Guatemala

The room at Jungle Lodge in Tikal was so beautiful. Ammenities included a jacuzzi, bath, lounge area, outdoor shower (my personal fav) and a really comfy bed.

Travel tip: If you are staying in a hotel in Tikal there are other options for food, just outside the park. Prepare for no reception or proper wi-fi unless you are at the top of one of the temples.Jungle Lodge Tikal

 

After enjoying our first night at the hotel we booked a sunrise tour for Q100 each from Emanuel who’s name and number I got from the lady that was working at the entrance of the park. We met this really nice dutch couple earlier and we asked them if they wanted to join us in our tour, this is before I found out Emanuel was only a Spanish guide. I’ve messaged the couple when I found out and they had no issue with me translating bits and pieces for them and luckily they still wanted to tag alone.

Travel tip: Don’t feel rushed to book a guide unless you are doing the sunrise tour, otherwise there is a stand just in front of the park where you can easily book a guide.

Sunrise was a no show but the experience of going through the park and all the sudden flashing your light and seeing a temple was quite fun! ( not the 4am rise) We got back to Jungle Lodge and chilled by the pool for a few hours before heading back to the park in the afternoon.

Jungle Lodge Tikal

Sadly we accidentally formatted the photos for this day and these are the only ones we had exported.  I had not been to Tikal since I was a teenager and I can tell you how much I loved exploring this magnificent site.

 

Tikal, Guatemala

Wearing Spell Designs romper


El Remate, Petén. Guatemala

After 2 days in Tikal it was time to keep exploring.  Next stop was El Remate.

I’m not an organised person, but for once I had booked the return to Flores the day before. One of the cheeky tour guides said he would take us for “free” since we couldn’t get a refund. This was the same guide I had booked our transport the day before. Anyway we went with him and for a few more quetzales he took us straight to El Remate.

We had little time to decide where to stay but we were quite happy with our choice, we usually wouldn’t go for a big chain hotel but this was pleasant surprise (except for the food prices!) they had free kayaks to explore and swim the 24 degree emerald lake of Petén Itza and a free shuttle back to the airport.

El Remate Lake Peten Itza

After 2 days here it was time to  catch our flight back to Guate.  The shuttle took us to Flores since we had a night flight.  We spent the day exploring this lil town.

Town of Flores

Wearing Elle Spell designs Pantsuit


After a small sunset boat tour we headed back to the airport.

Sunset Boat ride in Flores Guatemala

If you have any questions of the area or Guatemala, please get in touch! I’ll be happy to help in any way I can xx

Most of the photos were taken with Sony α7R II and edited with Lightroom and Photoshop to create the banners.

 

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30 comments

Gabrielle Smith September 18, 2017 - 4:34 am

These places look so beautiful!

Adri September 18, 2017 - 4:35 am

It’s truly stunning! xx

Kelly Pavelich @ The Tour September 18, 2017 - 5:34 am

Your blog is crazy beautiful. I can’t get over the quality of pictures and I have serious font jealousy. Not to mention, now I want to go to Guatemala.

Adri September 18, 2017 - 5:35 am

Ohh Kelly you are too kind! So happy that I get to put Guatemala on your list ✨?

Maria Cecilia Ramos September 18, 2017 - 6:16 am

I love this post! I’m already planning my 2018 travels and Guatemala is on my list. Very timely! Thank you!

Adri September 18, 2017 - 11:22 am

Good to hear! ☺️

Charrise September 18, 2017 - 6:11 pm

It looks beautiful! So much exploring sound like you guys had fun. Definitely needto visit!

Adri September 18, 2017 - 10:20 pm

I hope yo do one day. Guatemala is so beautiful!

Steph @ Life at Six Knots September 18, 2017 - 10:25 pm

Wow! What an amazing looking trip. It’s so beautiful and green there!

Adri September 18, 2017 - 10:25 pm

So much green!! I love it! xx

Shannon September 19, 2017 - 12:03 am

Those places look stunning! A friend of mine went to Guatemala recently too, I’ll have to ask if she went to these places (:

Adri September 19, 2017 - 12:36 am

You should of gone with your friend!! xx

MIA LAUREN MONROE September 19, 2017 - 12:43 am

I’ve been there too! Beautiful pictures!

Adri September 19, 2017 - 12:44 am

did you love it? xx

Bryan Carey September 19, 2017 - 10:12 pm

Excellent pics and experience! Guatemala is not a place most of us think about when we book travel, but it looks like it has much to offer

Michelle Jov September 19, 2017 - 10:57 pm

Your blog is so beautiful and the pictures are gorgeous ! Very wow ! Keep up the good work and keep believing in yourself !

Adri September 19, 2017 - 10:59 pm

Thanks beautiful means a lot!! xx

trinimombeauty September 19, 2017 - 11:43 pm

amazing blog i love the scenery, great pictures

Adri September 19, 2017 - 11:44 pm

Gracias 🙂

Rosanna Alicia Design September 20, 2017 - 8:33 am

Wow… Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful bog. Looks like the trip of a lifetime! Rx

Claudi September 20, 2017 - 8:51 am

One of my best buddies is going to start a job in Guatemala soon. After your post I am looking even more forward visiting her 🙂

La Shell September 20, 2017 - 2:47 pm

OMG! Who knew Guatemala was this beautiful! Amazing photos!

Adri September 20, 2017 - 10:57 pm

Thanks so much,so glad you like it!

Priyadarshini Rajendran September 25, 2017 - 5:37 am

Guatemala sounds interesting. Especially Tikal. Lovely photographs.

Fiona September 25, 2017 - 8:34 am

Guatemala seems like a lovely place to visit. I love your boho dress and the bag 🙂

Adri September 25, 2017 - 8:34 am

Glad you like! xx

Amy Poulton - Page Traveller September 26, 2017 - 5:23 am

Looks like a gorgeous place to stay! I’m in Mexico at the moment and so tempted to pop down to Guatemala!

Adri September 26, 2017 - 5:24 am

Do it girl!! bet you won’t want to leave! xx

Nuria Rose October 1, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Omg! I’m from Centro America and I never new Guatemala has Such beautiful place ! I need to visit this place some day

Mac October 3, 2017 - 2:56 pm

These photos are amazing!!! Such a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!!! Sharing this on Pinterest!!!

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