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Apr 11, 2015 - San Ignacio

Off this morning to the Saturday market was all ready very busy when I got there at 7:00am lots of vegetables, cooked food, clothes, and about anything you could want had breakfast there then off by local bus to Xunantunich A Maya site a short way from town had to cross the river by a hand cranked ferry, then got a ride the 1 mile to the site by a couple that was on the ferry. I was the first in the park for the morning followed by the couple from Iowa, was nice checking out the ruins went to the top of El Castillo nice view from the top,...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Today we travel to San Ignacio

up at 5:30 out for a walk and some breakfast then back to room to pack my bags as we leave today heading back to the main land by water taxi and on to San Ignacio for the next two nights. Checked out of our hotel at 11:00 and off to taxi station dropped off our bags then got a Cuban coffee while waiting for time to get the water taxi back to Belize City, on the taxi for 45 minute ride, I was seated in the back so got a bit wet, lol then a couple reg taxi's to the bus station, where we got our local bus to San Ignacio, was a old USA school...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Around the hotel

Sara, Bridget and I had a leisurely breakfast and start to the day. I stayed on the poolside for an hour or so in the very hot sun with welcome clouds passing over every now and then. In just that short time, and plenty of sun cream, and I have red patches and white stripes. After a lunch of fruit we decided to go to the Mayan site which is right outside our hotel. The Cahal Pech ruins date back to 8th century AD, but the site was occupied from around 1200 BC. It was situated inside lots of trees which have sprung up in and around the site...

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Feb 14, 2015 - Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

San Ignacio is didived from Sant’Elena by the River Mopan a wide and beautiful river which flows down to Belize and there joins the Belize River. Today started off with a trip to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins and crossing the river by means of a winch bridge which I tried my hand at on the return journey. The site was interesting because it was fairly open and compact so it was easier to see how it was laid out. Three of the temples had been excavated and restored while others were still uncovered from the centuries of vegetation growing over...

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Feb 13, 2015 - Placencia to San Ignacio

It was a 6am departure from the hotel on the beach which made me feel ill at the thought. Somehow you manage to do these things and it was slightly easier by having a coffee machine in my room; with a cinnamon bun inside me I felt I could do nothing more to help myself. We drove for about two hours to a Jaguar Reserve where another Explore leader met us with breakfast ready under a thatched roof. This was real cornflakes or All Bran, coconut water straight from the coconut, bananas and pineapple, very good strong coffee, some biscuits and...

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Jan 20, 2015 - Cave Tubing

The ceiba tree is tall, towering over most of the other trees and reaching up into the sky. They can live for in excess of 400 years. The ancient Mayans believed that the branches of the ceiba reached into the 13 levels of the celestials. The trunk was firmly planted on earth. But the roots go down into the 9 levels of the underworld. So, if you want to see the underworld, the place of the dead, a good place to begin is in the extensive cave network in Belize. There are two types of caves in Belize--dry and wet. We opted for the later. A...

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Jan 19, 2015 - Back to San Ignacio

Flores was a great stop-over, but we really didn't give ourselves much time there. We were able to wander around a local fair that was in town. We found the town square and watched the locals. And then we watched the second half of the Patriots/Colts game. Well, I guess it was the Patriots' game. The Colts didn't really show up, did they? This morning we got up and found some juevos rancheros and frijoles for breakfast. Flores streets are full of the mini-taxis they call trikes in the Philippines or tuk-tuks in Thailand. Little three wheel...

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Jan 16, 2015 - San Ignacio

We finally got good at hustling rides on golf carts, so we made our way to the ferry terminal with a minimum of walking. We found a nearby restaurant and ordered some breakfast burritos. And I drank a cup of coffee. A real cup of coffee. Actually, I drank two. The first coffee I've had since leaving California. Ugh. I sound like an addict, don't I? The coffee was good and so were the eggs. We headed back to the ferry terminal. A local befriended us and started chatting us up. He made his living selling carved wood sharks. They were...

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May 17, 2014 - From Playa Del Carmen - Mexico to San Ignacio - Belize

Our last entry came to its conclusion on Saturday 10th May and we were waiting to meet our fellow travellers for our trip through Central America to Costa Rica. Our meeting was delayed until 7pm and all of us gathered together in a small room waiting for our guide. When he hadn't arrived by 7.30pm we were getting a little concerned. Edwin (Eddie) our guide arrived a couple of minutes later and had apparently set his watch to the wrong time zone. A great start? There are 16 in the group which consists of 5 men and 11 women. The group also...

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Mar 13, 2014 - San Ignacio

This morning we caught the ferry back to the mainland at Belize City, followed by a taxi to the bus depot. Here we caught a "chicken bus" and sure enough people had chickens on board. One lady had a rooster in a bag. Not the most comfortable bus I have been on, but definitly an experience. It took about 3 hours to get to San Ignacio where we are spending a couple of nights. Known locally as "Cayo", San Ignacio is located 9 miles east of the Guatemalan border. Teeming with archaeologists, peace corps workers, North American retirees and...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Lizards and mud

The day started off with trouble with the hot water. First there wasn’t any, then it was way hot, then it was hot then cold then hot. I managed to jump in and out of the shower without injury and got reasonably clean. Off to breakfast at 8:30 and it was quite good – scrambled eggs, watermelon and bananas, hot tea, and toast, The whole group sat down together to eat and discuss the day. Ana had found a driver to take us and we were to meet up at 9:30. I went back to the room and got all my stuff, and off to the adventure. It was a van of...

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Jan 8, 2014 - San Ignacio

We then headed off in the rain to San Ignases passing many poor looking houses. We stopped for lunch a bit out of town and I finally had something to eat – a bowl of chicken soup with rice (and a beer). It was good and seemed to help settle things a bit more. Here is where we got the bad news though. With the recent rains all the rivers are swollen. All of the cave tours (tube through a cave) were closed due to the weather. All of the archeological sites – including the largest pyramid in all of the Maya realm were closed because the roads...

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