Monday, May 7, 2018

Lake Peten Itza


While touring the highlights of Guatemala, we stayed in El Remate, a small village on the Eastern shore of Lake Peten Itza. Near by, hidden in the jungle, lie the grand ruins of Tikal - among others. But, there's more to see than Mayan ruins. It's always nice when a place exceeds expectations. The lowland, tropical savanna of the Peten area was beautiful. We enjoyed the simple things, like walks along the shore. Our favorite local destination was this dock. There were many natural delights wading in the weeds.






There were colorful purple gallinules, bobbing among the lily pads. They were so fast, dipping into the water - tails up - that I could barely get a photo.


Dramatic lilies! (and bees)


There were several, lucky green herons floating among the pads. 


So beautiful!


King fishers watched from above.


We walked all the way to the end. 


We were alone...


for awhile.




I wish I could take this walk right now. Sigh. 

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24 comments:

Weekend-Windup said...

Great! Wonderful place! Beautiful things are found there to sit and enjoy:)

carol l mckenna said...

It looks like paradise ~ beautiful place, beautiful photos ~ love the dog!

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DUTA said...

It looks like a perfect holiday place, offering nature walks, bird watching, boat trips, lake lookouts, history.
Superb photos!

Kalpanaa M said...

I also wish I could take that walk right now and see those birds and water lilies.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Those lily pads and that dock are making my heart flutter! Incredible!
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DJan said...

I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with me. A very interesting place you found, all right. :-)

Kay L. Davies said...

Well, I'm particularly fond of Mayan ruins, but I'd love to see this wonderful scenery, the beautiful birds, the tempting boardwalks which, I fear, I might not be able to walk.
Thanks for sharing.
Kay
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Lydia C. Lee said...

Gorgeous photos!

Rajlakshmi said...

The place looks so peaceful. Wobderful to spend time with friends and family. Beautiful photographs.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Cool photos! The one of the bird with its feet in the air cracks me up.

NC Sue said...

I love these photos and the way the leaves of the water plants curl up.
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Betty Crow said...

Would love to take that walk, too. Loved seeing the green heron!

Lea said...

Beautiful! Peaceful!

A Colorful World said...

Stunning photos, Sharon! Love that you found such a peaceful, interesting spot in a faraway place. Beautiful!

BumbleVee said...

yeh... great...but I sure wouldn't want to fall in ..you never know what is lurking in there.....

elizabeth said...

Such a lovely place!

Pea bea said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Oh to walk on that boardwalkway. The lily photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Pictorial Tuesday.
Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

Jill said...

Simply stunning photos! All should be framed and on your wall :)

Adam Jones said...

Love that Green Heron and the Belted Kingfisher.

Jill Foley said...

very cool photos

betty-NZ said...

What a fabulous place! The colors you found are perfectly matched. You found some great birds, too.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You go on the best adventures!! What a beautiful little boardwalk. Wish I could take that walk right now myself. Never seen jagged-edged lily pads like that.

Linda Hensley said...

It looks like a road to nowhere, yet you found so many beautiful things. Wonderful photos, as always!

Pat Tillett said...

Another great adventure Sharon. Your photos of it are really good (as always).