Christian June 12th, 2008
Our trip to Flores required a 7:30am shuttle to the airport where we waited in line for 30 minutes to check-in. We were then informed that they had overbooked the flight and we would have to wait till the 5pm flight. We were bummed, we had nowhere to stay and had wanted to book a tour of Tikal for early the next day. The airline did offer to put us up in a hotel for the day and provide us with lunch. So we were resigned to a boring afternoon watching TV in a hotel room, when suddenly the lady says here are your tickets we have 2 seats available for you. Huh? You just spent the last 15 minutes explaining to us there was no room due to “weight restrictions” and now we can go? We didn’t question a good thing and headed to security where our jar of peanut butter was confiscated. Other people had coffee, food, etc and we were a little pissed because they also made us buy ziploc baggies for our deoderant. We had never encountered this safety precaution even in the U.S. So after a rough start to our morning, we waited some more at the gate, where the plane was almost a whole hour late taking off. It was a 56 seat plane with propellers. By now we are a little uncomfortable flying but the short 45 minute flight landed without incident. We grabbed a taxi who tried to overcharge us because of “gas prices” He wanted $6 for a 2km ride to the hostel, we argued that it wouldn’t take a whole tank of gas for 2km and in the end saved one whole dollar.
Our hostel luckily had one double room available which we took. We thought of it as a tree house. Continue Reading »