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Visiting Xunantunich Mayan site

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Belize

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins The sun god wears ornaments on his large ears and sits next to the symbol for the moon on El Castillo’s frieze. Adorning the west and east sides of the 130-foot tall pyramid, the astrologically themed friezes draw the visitor closer and closer to the highlight of Xunantunich. 

belize adventure packages can include cave tubing and zip lining

Cave Tubing in Belize

When you are looking for things to do in Belize, cave tubing Belize has to top the list. Get all the details on the who, what, and when of cave tubing in Belize. Our family loved this part of our Belize vacation and want to make sure you have everything you need to know for a Belize cave tubing adventure.

Cahal Pech in Belize mayan ruin near San Ignacio

Exploring Cahal Pech in Belize

This is from my 2004 trip to Belize. Since I am currently in Belize, I am republishing both for my own memories and to share with you.  At the top of a hill near San Ignacio, in the Cayo District (Belize’s largest), sits Cahal Pech, the oldest known Maya site. These ruins of a Maya ceremonial …

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Rainforest cabin at Table Rock Jungle Lodge

Jungle Lodges in Belize : Table Rock Jungle Lodge

There are a bunch of jungle lodges or eco lodges in Belize and it’s hard to know which one to pick. We stayed at Table Rock Jungle Lodge in the Cayo District near San Ignacio and found a bunch of reasons why it is one of the best family resorts in Belize. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own trip and know if this is the right jungle lodge for you.

{Peru} Colcapampa to La Playa

You’re never alone in the Andes. Subsistence farms with their tiered gardens and noisy chickens hang tightly to the mountains. Couples much older than I pass you with heavy loads on their backs. A guy on a burro is led by a man holding an old radio to his ear. But still, we’ve been out …

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{Peru} El Maizal to Yanama

We woke up at El Maizal to find ourselves on a terrace, surrounded on three sides by mountains across deep valleys. Since we arrived in the dark we didn’t know exactly what to expect; we weren’t disappointed. El Maizal is a little farm perched on the side of the Andes. I didn’t write down the …

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