Thursday, April 26, 2012

Belize and Guatemala

In between getting to visit with friends and family who I haven’t seen all year we took a family vacation to Belize. Life’s short, right? Might as well keep traveling! J Anyway, we took a trip to see the Mayan ruins along with the rainforest of Belize. The Mayans think it’s ending this year so figured we should check out where they called home.
We arrived in Belize City and then took a tour of the Belize Zoo. Unfortunately the weather was very rainy. We then took Belize’s terrible roads into the jungle where we stayed in a cute bungalow. I only had one experience of sharing the shower with a lizard.

The next day we went to our first Mayan ruins, Xunantunich, which is the second tallest ruin in Belize. The next day we took a day trip over to Guatemala, no big deal. Here, in Northern Guatemala we saw one of the largest archeological sites of the Mayans, Tikal.

After that we went caving through the Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM (which is much easier to say and read for that matter!). We hiked to the entrance of the cave wading through the river three times decked out in helmets with headlamps. Once inside the cave we took off our shoes and walked through ancient ceramics and skeletal remains in our socks, as to not crush any artifacts, before swimming back out of the cave.

We finished off the trip bird watching and zip lining through the jungles!

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