A Journal, with Pictures

Central America Tikal and Las Lagunas

by on Mar.26, 2015, under Flying

 

We are in the air on schedule at 9:00 AM local, and our route takes us to the north of Cuba out of sight of land. The flight is uneventful and we see only a couple of cruise ships until we see Mexico at Cancun, then turn south over Cozumel and fly along the Yucatan coast. We do an instrument approach into Belize City, and our handler gets us through the formalities and on our way. Belize City is a very busy airport and there are some differences in procedures, but we work our way through it and get back in the air. We arrive in Tikal airport after an interesting instrument approach in clear weather down a very pretty valley and by a big lake. We are met by our handler, tie down, clear customs, and head to Las Lagunas resort. The resort is very nice on a small lake with modern rooms overlooking the lake. We arrive first, but the group flying from Mexico arrives a short time later. It’s time to shower, relax, have a cocktail and enjoy our first dinner with the entire group.

The next day we are off to tour Tikal which was the center of the Mayan world dating back twenty five hundred years. Over 3000 structures have been mapped, and we will visit the central area that has been excavated, essentially reclaimed from the jungle. We have breakfast are briefed by Peter and John and off we go to meet our guides after about a hours drive through the Guatemalan country side. The tour was fascinating with lots to learn including the local flora and fauna. We met a family of Koatymundi’s (English Coatymundi) digging for insects, their lunch on the way to our lunch. This tour alone was worth the trip, and of course we had a shopping stop on the way back to the resort.

 

A chance to freshen up, relax then we went into the city of Flores for a dinner at a Guatemalan Italian restaurant, another adventure.

The next day after breakfast we took a tour by boat to view a family of monkeys and other local animals that live on the lake shore.

In the afternoon we went into the city of Flores for lunch and a tour of a zoo island and the city.

We returned to the lodge to brief our flight for tomorrow. It will be a long day of flying with customs to clear in three country’s with refueling in two and we will fly over five countries. Our destination is Golfito in the south western most corner of Costa Rica on the Panama boarder. Golfito is non-towered and closes at five forty five which is sunset there. It sounds like another adventure.

 

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