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By Aaron Smith, Contributing Reporter

GUATEMALA - If, when asking how long a bus trip will take, a Guatemalan answers with a smile, it’s prudent to double the time they've estimated. Admittedly only sometimes is it just blatant lying on the part of the ticket tout - often it’s inclement weather, political uprising and natural disasters.

Our six hour trip to the lost city of Tikal, considered the pinnacle of the Mayan civilization and the finale of our two weeks in Guatemala, became an epic twelve hour ordeal. The road was closed due to a picket line of rural . . .

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