Belize Things to Do Tips by grandmaR
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Sunset behind the pyramid
I had decided that watching a full moon rise over the pyramids of Tikal was something that I wanted to do. So at the end of our trip, we took a tour to Tikal run by Windy Hills. We didn't get to watch the moon rise, because it was cloudy, but it was an amazing trip anyway. We stayed at Tikal two nights and then got a van to Flores and flew back to the Belize International Airport for our trip home.
See my page on Tikal for more on this part of the trip.
Address: 4 avenida 7-95 Zona 14 2nd level, Guatemala City
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Closeup of the steps
Cahal Peche is a small Mayan site right in San Ignacio. The name is supposed to mean "place of the tick" or something like that. It is unusual in that it has the finish on the masonry which would have been there when the site was in use, and the brickwork is not all exposed as it is at some sites. (The buildings have been partially restored and are excellent examples of classic period structures)
We went here after we got the flat tire fixed. Admission for the two of us was BZ$10.00. I lost Bob early on, because the site is maze of steps and alleyways, rooms and open spaces. He went back to the car earlier than I did.
While this is one of the most easily accessible Mayan sites, but like all of their cities, it is on top of a high elevation to give a view of all the surrounding countryside and it is a steep climb if you don't have a car. The location on the top of a hill meant that they could send and receive signals from other cities.
The layout consists of different courtyards or plazas. The huge area in the center was the marketplace. The peasants lived in thatched houses in the country (perhaps something like the cabin we had at Clarissa Falls). The dwellings were built along the inside walls of the city of brick and stone. The largest rooms were for the royal family.
Additional pictures on my Cahal Peche page
Fish at Hol Chan
Snorkeling in Belize is excellent. The reef is one of the wonders of the world - just a bit smaller than the famous one in Australia. One place to go is Hol Chan which has now been a Marine Reserve for 12 years, so the fish have had time to grow very large, especially the groupers.
Because of the reef, the beaches are not large, so snorkel trips are usually done from small boats. You can rent all your equipment, but it is best to bring your own mask and snorkel so that you can be sure it fits. You should also take sun protection and water. In addition check and be sure if you will have lunch provided - if not, bring lunch.
Directions: You can snorkel either from Ambergris Cay, Caye Caulker, Placencia or from any of the outer Cays.
The Belize zoo is a most unusual place in that it is for the animals and local people rather than for the tourists. It came about because there was a TV series being considered, and an animal trainer was hired to train the animals. Then the project fell through, so she begged and borrowed funds and established the zoo.
Apparently now, you can join in supporting the zoo by getting a membership or adopting an animal. You can also stay at the zoo overnight.
Address: P.O. Box 1787, Belize City, Belize
Directions: Outside of Belize City
The majority of Mayan activity in Belize was between 2000 BC to 1000 AD. But Mayans still live in Belize, especially in the southern part. Belize has one of the oldest known Mayan sites at Cuello; one of the longest occupied Mayan sites at Lamanai; and one of the largest jade carvings ever found at Altun Ha.
Cahal Peche is a few minutes walk from San Ignacio and very accessible. It was a major ceremonial center. There are 34 structures on about 2 acres.
Directions: Mayan sites are throughout Belize
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