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COPA Mayan Adventure, Gautemala

by on Mar.30, 2019, under Flying

This year COPA Central America Adventure Trip focused on exploring Mayan history and culture and included visits to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the first in Tikal, Guatemala. We again had Caribbean Sky Tours (CST), organize and escort our trip. We had a full complement of COPA aircraft this year including an SF50 Cirrus Jet along with Cirrus SR20 and 22’s. Groups departed the U.S., one from Brownsville, Texas the other Key West, Florida. Joyce and I flew with the five planes flying the 650 miles across the Gulf of Mexico landing in Guatemala, near the village of Flores. The Key West group met for dinner at a COPA favorite restaurant, Louie’s Backyard for a great dinner under the stars. The next morning, Sunday, March tenth,  we flew to the north of Cuba, then over Cozumel, down to down to Belize City then west to Flores. We are met by CST handlers whisked through customs and immigration into vans and off to our hotel.   Our hotel is the fabulous Las Lagunas resort with rooms over the water and the central building overlooking an infinity pool and the lake. We start our visit with a cool cerveza, relax then meet with our total group for our inaugural cocktails and dinner.

The next morning we enjoy a great breakfast prepared to order with a stunning view of Quexil lagoon. We meet our guide then depart for the one hour trip to Tikal National Park a magnificent archeological site. This was the center of the Mayan civilization. There are 4000 structures identified, most remain covered by the jungle. We will visit the center and most important structures. Our guide reminds us that the Mayans built these structures without metal tools or any animals to assist them. We explore the ruins with our guides in a trek through the jungle ending with an outdoor lunch of local dishes.

In the afternoon there are lots of options including the spa, a museum at the hotel, the pool or the hot tub in your room overlooking the lake (our choice). We meet for cocktails and another great dinner.

The next day there are a number of options including exploring the lake and visiting monkey island. Being interested in nature photography I had a great time photographing monkeys. After the boat tour, the majority travel into the village of Flores which is on an island on the nearby lake Peten Itza which is accessible by a causeway. This is our second visit so we just enjoy the museum, resort pool and our hot tub after a great lunch at the hotel.

That evening after our flight briefing by Rick Gardner, our leader from CST we have cocktails and yet another great dinner at Las Lagunas. In the morning we are off to Campeche, Mexico. With all of our aircraft together its a pretty impressive flight line, with the SF50 right up front.












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