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Mad rush to get to Tikal Temple IV

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Imagine sitting on top of the highest temple in the mystical Mayan city of Tikal, watching the fog part and the sun rise above the jungle revealing the tips of the other Mayan temples, and all this while listening to the morning jungle chorus. It's a sight very few people get to see but this is what we wanted to experience when we made our mad rush to get to Temple IV in Tikal.

The problem is that in order to get to Tikal early enough to see the sun rise you have to leave Flores at 4:30am. Hence we got up really early at 3:30am after spending the previous day preparing our breakfast and lunch. We ate breakfast on the bus to Tikal and asked the driver to drop us off at the entrance instead of taking us to a restaurant first like he did with the rest of the people. Since he gets a commission if you end up eating there we were worried we might have a fight on our hands, but as it turned out he was very nice about it and even got someone to walk us to the path into the ruins. We were informed by our awesome host Alfred from Hostel Yaxha that we should head straight to Temple IV passing all the other ruins if we wanted to have any chance to see the fog part and the sun rise. The jungle chorus on our way was truly awe inspiring.

As you probably noticed from the video there is another reason why very few people ever get to see the Temple IV dawn. The majority of mornings the jungle fog is simply too thick to see the other temples and in our case unfortunately the fog did not part until much later in the day. We did eventually get to see the view from Temple IV in all it's glory, but it was much later in the afternoon:

Posted by dariusz 20:41 Archived in Guatemala Tagged temple guatemala 4 tikal iv

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Wow nice videos guys, too bad you didn't have a tim horton's coffee mug with you as your are sitting there watching the fog ;) :p

I like how you said the jungle is waking up. It sounded more like the jungle was getting ready to feast on you two ;) :p

Be safe and keep em coming :)
We miss you guyz!

by Daniel B

What is making those noise in the jungle,,,,sounds like scenes from a horror movie.

by anne healey

LOL Anne.. yeah it was pretty amazing walking in with those sounds.. and we would have been scared to death if it wasn't for the fact that we've heard these guys before (although never quite this loud, this many, and this ferocious sounding) .. they're just harmless howler monkeys :)

by dariusz

OK, those sounds are very creepy!!!! I was scared watching the video... not to mention thinking of walking through there myself.

by sylvia

Haha Syl... don't worry they're actually very small monkeys.. but the defense system nature gave them is this crazy loud roar... pretty funny :)

by dariusz

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