CenAm 2007-01-09

...where we took a bus and a boat to Aguateca, Guatemala...and I got sick. That story is saved for the last photo.

Google wasn't terribly helpful on Aguateca. Here's what I found:


Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
We thought the bus ride ended at Sayaxche...



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
...but we took the bus across the ferry and got out. Everyone thought the propulsion system was ingenious. A couple of outboard motors in swivelling pods.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
The ferry.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
The long boat half of us took to Aguateca. The other half took another long boat.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Well, after we stood around for a good while we took the boats.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 125.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
The river wasn't very swift, but was curvy.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/3200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Seagull?



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 200.0 mm; 1/3200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Bertha/Bigma might have helped a little, but this was just a measly 18-200mm street lens.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100
The guide took an active role in steering the boat through the turns.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100
Most of the turns were tight. Tight enough that those in the front usually had to duck to avoid getting sliced by branches.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100
Ah! We're at Aguateca! Hey! Wait a second...we have to hike now too! Up a hundred of wet, slippery wooden steps.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100
To get to a big sign...and more steps.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The Main Platform in the Cetral Acropolis, Aguateca.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
On top of the Main Platform, looking towards the rear. Yup, jungle.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Top of the Main Platform. Easy to imagine how quickly the jungle takes over.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 12.0 mm; 1/5 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
Closeup of the side of the Main Platform.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
About now, dinner or breakfast is catching up to me. This was a building on the causeway to the Temple.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/13.0, ISO 100
The view from the Palace. We're buried in heavy jungle, but, look! No jungle out there!



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
The Temple in the Palace Plaza. Viewed from the Palace.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
Others ate lunch here. Me? I was horrified at the though of eating anything. No appetitie. I had a bite of apple, and nothing else. Oh, this is the Palace.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
Walking back along the causeway. An enormous fern.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 28.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
By now, a couple hours after first feeling not-so-well, having hiked back down from Aguateca, and on a swift moving boat....feverish? Don't know. I'm trying to sleep while sitting. Just feel awful. Yet I look up and see this wonderful sunset, and miraculously get a great photo of it.

The rest of the story is that on the (one and a half hour long) bus ride from Sayaxche to Flores my stomach finally decides that whatever is in it is Bad Stuff (tm) and, RIGHT NOW, is going to get rid of it. I'm on a bus. In the back. The driver doesn't no habla Ingles, and anyway, it'll take too long to "request" a stop, let alone get out of the bus.....and all I've got is a half-empty bottle of water.

The secret here is to squeeze the bottle to get rid of all the air BEFORE transferring the contents of you stomach to the bottle. Clamp mouth over bottle and go.

I think the bus dropped us off for dinner at a restaurant just at the entrance to Flores and I walked back to the hotel and crashed. I remember taking a shower, falling asleep, answering the door to tell Pa I'm still alive, and that the A/C didn't work so well.



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