From peering up at the jungle from down at water level two days ago over in the little river off Monkey Bay we went to peering down at the jungle from a walkway suspended 60 ft above the jungle floor yesterday.
The hike took 2 1/2 hours and we happened to be the only hikers so we enjoyed having our own personal tour guide who shared vast amounts of her knowledge about the rainforest with us, including the medicinal uses of numerous tropical trees and plants. Lucy stopped often to pick seeds or leaves for us to smell, wild basil, allspice seeds and leaves and even some putrid rubber being tapped from a rubber tree. She pointed out tiny birds, little lizards and all kinds of bugs. We saw epiphytes, bromeliads, orchids, palms & ferns.
We hiked way up to the Shaman Tower where we enjoyed a spectacular view of the Rio Dulce and the jungle below.
We arrived back at the boat exhausted and HOT only to find the power out, a common occurence around these parts. We cooled the boat down quickly with the generator and then survived like everyone else does down here. Luckily the power was restored just before bedtime! Funny how a power outage brings the crowds out to the Cayuco Club for a cool drink and to the pool for a refreshing dip!
Tomorrow we will catch a 3 pm bus in Rio Dulce Town which will take us to Flores, a 3 hours ride. From there we will take a taxi to the little town of El Remate where we will stay at La Casa De Don David for three nights. Sound romantic? The best part is the price - $44 US per night for the room, including a/c, hot water and dinner for 2! Muy Bien! From there we will tour Tikal, the famous 40 acre Mayan ruins situated right on the edge of the jungle reserve, where wildlife is abundant. We return on Monday and I'll be busy working on the next chapter in the story of our Guatemalan adventure!