Takalik & ride in the police carOctober 2 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 26 °C
Takalik Abaj is an archeological site that was first used by the Olmecs (~800 a.C.), then by the Maya (~400 a.C.). Although only a small part of it has been excavated and the work is going on, it is one of the largest archeological sites I've seen so far (following Chichen Itzá and Palenque in Mexico, and Tikal in Guatemala).
Rain comes early today, so we need to hide in Palapas in the middle and at the end of the tour. A group of policemen and women are there as well, showing some local children around. The police in Reu started a project two years ago in which they try to connect more with the local community and to ease their distrust. We see that they came in a pick-up, so without much hope of them saying yes, we ask them if they would give us a ride to El Asintal.
Not only are they happy to do so, they even try to organize us another unit to take us from there to Reu. While we wait for part of the policemen to take the children home and come back to pick us up (we felt a little bad for causing them so much trouble, but they insisted), we had the chance to ask one of the guys about the different specialties within the Guatemalan police and about police academy. It was super interesting to get all that background information!
In the end the police can only take us to El Asintal, since the other unit is called to an emergency. However, "our" unit wants to give us the full service: they stop a public bus which we can take, we even get a discount. I just hope we didn't scare the poor bus driver too much...Read more