Postcard Of The Week: The Magic Of Tikal, Guatemala

One of the most inspiring and breathtaking views I’ve ever experienced in person was in Guatemala, at the top of Tikal’s Temple IV. While in Belize, I decided to spend my last day by going over the border, and it was so worth it.

It was so still at the top of the temple, and the green horizon so limitless, I felt like I was in the presence of God. Like I could solve any of my worries up there or scream out all my joys. It was an intense, infinite peace and I just didn’t want to leave. In fact, if I lived in Guatemala, I’d find a way to spend time on the top of that temple every week.  I need to find my Tikal, right here at home.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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