Four days after walking at the archaeological sites of Tikal and Ixlu I had the chance to absorb all the history, legends and the knowledge pass to me by locals, guides, the taxi driver-guide, and a very special person from Santa Elena.
Many activities complimented my trip!  Those included riding on a motorcycle in the city of Flores and the environs, terrific experience thru the trees via a Canopy zip lines tour at the Ixpanpajul National Park, Canoeing and swimming around the Peten Itza Lake.
I felt, it was the appropriate time to recharge my soul by enjoying all these unique experiences.
Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala
I selected the Maya International Hotel, built on the coast of the Peten Itza lake. My room was special because it had a huge balcony overlooking the Lake. During a late afternoon at balcony, the Sun & I would wait together for the sunset. That special moment where Earth would hide its power and a new night would begin, the perfect time for reminiscing in a real dimension my daily experiences in Guatemala. The perfect moment to fall in love…

*The “Itza” are a Guatemalan ethnic group of Maya, and also means “enchanted waters”

At the Peten Itza Lake

“Nunca olvidare aquellos momentos”


At the Tikal National Park, the 80% of this cosmopolitan ancestral city still cover for centuries of vegetation. In most of the pre-columbian ruins usually you just can see but not touch and you are not aloud to go inside of the pyramid. Imagine my surprise when I was able to go in and see how was to live in those times. I learned that when the final inhabitants abandoned the city in the 10th or 11th centuries and the rainforest claimed the ruins for the next thousand years, some of Tikal’s population may have migrated to the Peten Lakes region, which remained heavily populated in spite of a plunge in population levels in the first half of the 9th century.The most likely cause of collapse at Tikal is overpopulation and agrarian failure.

The Tikal National Park is very quiet, not to many travelers can reach this location but It is safe, and the Guatemalan people is very friendly. I encourage everybody to go and discover it!

At the top of Tikal Temple Great Jaguar

What an amazing day at the Tikal National Park!
From here I was able to see the main plaza, the acropolis, Temple of the Mask, and the Peten Itza Lake. This Temple rises 47 meters high and was completed around 740-750 AD.

Tikal Temple, Peten, Guatemala. First Visit 2010

Tikal: the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the archaeological region of the Petén, northern Guatemala. The site is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In that trip I visited also Flores at the Peten Itza Lake. The memories of this places and people from Santa Elena will always have a special place in my heart!

Warmiwanusqa Pass, Inca trail, Peru

In the 3rd day of the Inca Trail we reached the high point of altitude, 4050 meters. We touched the clouds! I will never forget that moment! With Richard and the two visitors from Chile.

Inka Trail Machu Picchu, Peru 1990

After 4 days on the Inca trail, we reached our destination, Machu Picchu. The magnificent views, the curiosity, the emotions overcome the four days on the forest, the rain, the fatigue. We conquer our dream, been able to walk on the trail used for centuries for the Incas from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.