April 2007

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Intro

Hmm… where can I go for a quick, relatively inexpensive, extended weekend trip to a new country that isn’t too far away from home…

Belize it is then.  In what might be my most spontaneous trip yet, I booked a ticket to Belize, with a dip into Guatemala with less than a few weeks of advanced planning.  (Not very like me… the guy who sometimes daydreams about where he’s gonna go in the summer of 2023.)

But I digress.  Belize is a great little country — it has something for everyone.  You want to relax on a beach for your whole vacation and sip on piña coladas?  Fine, plenty of beautiful islands and beaches, and amazing reefs and snorkeling adventures await you.  Don’t like beaches?  Fine.  Move towards the left, and you have some awesome cultural and archaeological sights that will take your breath away, like Lamanai (below) or Xunantunich… and the best part?  Super uncrowded.  I remember gazing up at the majestic El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich, and then all of a sudden realizing I was the only one there!  Well, a couple people soon appeared up at the top, but still, just a couple people?  This place is amazing!  And how do you get there you ask?  Even more amazing –

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Dallas, United StatesApril 11, 2007April 12, 2007
    2Belize City, BelizeApril 12, 2007April 13, 2007
    3Orange Walk, BelizeApril 13, 2007April 13, 2007
    4Lamanai, BelizeApril 13, 2007April 13, 2007
    5Belize City, BelizeApril 13, 2007April 14, 2007
    6Belmopan, BelizeApril 14, 2007April 14, 2007
    7Xunantunich, BelizeApril 14, 2007April 14, 2007
    8San Jose Succotz, BelizeApril 14, 2007April 14, 2007
    9San Ignacio, BelizeApril 14, 2007April 15, 2007
    10Melchor de Mencos, GuatemalaApril 15, 2007April 15, 2007
    11Tikal, GuatemalaApril 15, 2007April 15, 2007
    12Xunantunich, BelizeApril 15, 2007April 15, 2007
    13San Ignacio, BelizeApril 15, 2007April 16, 2007
    14Belize City, BelizeApril 16, 2007April 16, 2007
    15Los Angeles, United StatesApril 16, 2007April 16, 2007
    16San Diego, United StatesApril 16, 2007April 17, 2007

    Featured Image

    Lamanai, Orange Walk, Belize

    After stupidly deciding to climb the highest pyramid at Lamanai, called the “High Temple” (a sign?), with the aid of a rope (another sign?) — and after enjoying the lofty views over the jungle — I realized I had to come down. I half-contemplated calling for my medical-evac-by-helicopter-insurance! With some verbal support from fellow climbers, I made it by taking one step at a time, and NOT looking down!

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