Latin America 2011: Day 4: Flores
Off to the other side of Lake Peten Itza to zipline in Tikal and enjoy the water from the nicer side of the lake, at the town of El Remate.
Our guide's hometown is actually El Remate, so we ended up having lunch at a restaurant right next to his house (again, simple but good food), photographing his jam session with him and his buddies, and then ziplining in Tikal.
Ziplining in the jungle is very different than my previous experiences, which were in Hawaii over rivers and farmland, or in Alaska off the side of a mountain. I don't think Sam or Laura had ziplined before, so they probably enjoyed it more than I did! (plus, how often do you get to pretend you're Superman???!!)
Lounged around on the lake afterwards-- turquoise water and perfect temperatures thanks to that hurricane keeping things cool-- before an Italian-style lunch at La Orchid. Was it good? Not particularly. But was it better than it had any right to be in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere? It was, and for that, I have no complaints, especially after a few drinks. We also accidentially wandered basically the entire town in our quest to find lunch. Didn't take very long. *grins*
Back to Flores, where dinner was at La Luna, supposedly the best restaurant on the island. The pescado blanco (local whitefish, in this case) was disappointing, as it failed to live up to the hype. To add a little more character, the electricity was also out for 2 hours that evening. Rural Guatemala-- yes, that is where we are.