As if to elevate our sublime Guatemalan experience into the realm of the surreal, the final part of our sojourn was spent at a resort owned by none other than Mr Francis Ford Coppola. It sits on the steep jungled banks of Lake Peten in the northern part of the country.
It’s tropical up here – just when you thought it couldn’t get any lusher – and from the balcony of our villa we are eye level with a rainforest canopy full of Howler and Spider monkeys whose noisy cacophony roars into life between the hours of three and five AM.
We visited the forest moon of Endor (also known as Tikal) on our first day here – the birthplace of the Mayan aesthetic and the place where it may all end on the 21st of December this year if you believe the Hollywood hype. Strangely though this magnificent spot does have a touch of Hollywood about it – Star Wars fans may recognise the reference at the beginning of this paragraph and the panorama shown above.
Every afternoon the rising heat and humidity gives way to spectacular thunderstorms which sweep across the lake discharging an almost unbelievable amount of energy and bringing with them some pretty amazing looking creatures (huge bugs) seeking shelter with us in what Lucy endearingly labelled “fenton&fenton’s jungle HQ”.
As a footnote, Guatemala reminded me that travelling is not to learn about other cultures like they were insects under the microscope of our gaze.
Rather we travel to find transformation in some way by being in those places with those people – and in that transformation lies beauty. On this journey we can emphatically say that we came home changed and the fenton&fenton aesthetic has evolved to encompass an even broader celebration of humanity’s self-expression.
We can't wait to do it again!!!