The morning we left. Do you think the boys were excited?
Our first stop was in Rio Dulce. I took the following video as we drove over the big bridge there. It is a beautiful view from on top of that bridge! The sound on the video is terrible from the wind but it will give you an idea of the beauty of the river.
crossing the bridge in Rio Dulce
After lunch at Bruno's and a quick stop by a little hotel to drop off our bags we made our way to tour the castle. David and I have seen it several times but have never taken the time to tour it. It is something that I have been wanting the boys to do for a while. I knew they would love running around and exploring it and they sure did!
the entrance to the castle at Rio Dulce/Lake Izabal
me and the boys exploring
They LOVED the cannons!!!
this was one of their favorite memories from the whole trip
our family at the castle in Rio Dulce
a view of Lake Izabal from the castle
After our tour the boys went for a swim in the lake. This was another favorite memory of theirs.
we ended the day with a boat ride
we had a beautiful sunset view
my boys in Rio Dulce
a view of the castle from the boat
Isn't this a beautiful sight! What a great way to end the day.
The next morning we were up early and began making our way towards Flores. We enjoyed a drive around Poptun along the way. We arrived in Flores in time for lunch, dropped off our bags, and made the drive out to Tikal to see the Mayan ruins. David and I have been several times and we wanted the boys to see it.
As soon as we arrived they opened their map and began planning our route.
at Tikal National Park
We did a lot of hiking both on the ground, and up and down stairs. We got a good workout!
our family touring the Mayan ruins at Tikal
me and my boys
Life is just sweeter with them in it!
The view from the top of Temple IV
our family on Temple IV
That sound you hear is a howler monkey.
enjoying the howler monkeys
before leaving we climbed to the top of this temple and had a late snack break
our family at Tikal
We had planned to stay two nights in Flores but changed our minds instead and continued on our journey early the next morning. We left Flores traveling to Sayaxche. We spent a few hours that morning making visits there.
a view of Sayaxche, Guatemala from the ferry that you ride to cross the Passion River
a comparison collage of me and Cruz on the Sayaxche ferry over the years
Instead of going straight to Coban we ended up taking a detour and drove the backroads to Lanquin instead. This passed us near Las Casas and through Raxruha and Campur. It was a rough, rocky road but a fun trip down memory lane.
crossing the bridge in Raxruha
David and the boys in Raxruha
a much needed late afternoon coffee break for us while the boys played
looking over the map of the park
The first thing we did was hike to see the waterfall.
our family at Semuc Champey
a video of the water coming down the mountain at Semuc Champey
the water there is so beautiful!
We ate a picnic lunch before getting back on the road to head home. What an amazing few days we experienced. We squeezed in as much as we could in a short amount of time. It ended up being one of our best road trips ever. The boys learned a lot, we reminisced a lot, and it was one of our sweetest family times. We laughed, played, and just enjoyed being together. Some wonderful memories were made, many of which we will probably be talking about for years to come.