With winter in the rear view mirror its time to celebrate spring. For the month of May, we have dipped into the travel photo archives, and are showcasing a picture from our trip to Guatemala last year. We love Mayan Ruins, and these are certainly one of the best. We did a 3 day road trip from Mexico (through Belize) to Guatemala to visit the incredible Mayan Ruins of Tikal. The site features several prominent pyramids, when viewed from the top of Temple V, look like they’re poking their heads out of a sea of trees. So long April; hello May!
One of the reasons we chose this picture this year is in honor of Star Wars. It is a common saying in the fandom to say “May the Fourth be with you” – a play on the classic movie phrase “May the force be with you” – which is why we have decided to feature a picture of Tikal, Guatemala. In the first movie (Episode 4 / A New Hope), they filmed here on location, with the ruins and jungle becoming the background for the Rebel Base on Yavin IV, right before they attack Darth Vader and the Death Star.
The ruins are incredible. It’s a large, sprawling complex, and there are several pyramids which you can climb. The best view is the one from the top of Temple IV, looking back at the rest of the complex. There is so much jungle, and from above you can only see the tops of the pyramids sticking out. We spent a whole day wandering through the jungle, listening to the sounds of howler monkeys in the trees and admiring the stone structures. With so much space to walk around, sometimes it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, as if we were Indiana Jones exploring a lost civilization.
Sadly, the ruins was the only thing we got to see in Guatemala – and we basically drove straight through Belize – so we just got a taste of this amazing part of the world. With many great places (and ruins) to explore on both sides of the Belize/Guatemala border, we have many reasons to go back. We’ve seen quite a few different Mayan sites across Mexico and Central America, and these are still one of our favourites. We most certainly will come back here someday, allowing ourselves time to explore some of the surrounding areas more extensively.
Creating beautiful desktop wallpapers is our newest monthly feature that we have been working on for 2019, showcasing pictures from some of the amazing places we have traveled over the last few years. We hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for our June wallpaper coming soon.