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----- Belize ---------------

Belize one of the smallest countries in Central America is home to the second largest coral reef in the world. Northern Belize is flat while the southern part of the country is mountainous. My trip in Belize was short. Although most people visiting Belize venture out to the reefs for scuba diving or snorkeling, I went into the jungle to view Mayan ruins. Living in South Florida I can snorkel in the keys, so I decided to do something unavailable in Florida.

In Belize, Reggie a long time friend and I visited the Mayan temples at Altun Ha located northwest of Belize City. After an hour drive through jungle and bumpy roads we reached the site. The temples were amazing. The temples all served purposes each dedicated to a different Mayan god like the sun god and moon god. The most well preserved and largest was the Temple to the Mayan God of the Sky. As with visiting any place new, you always find the most interesting things when your ready to leave. I would like to return to Belize and see some ruins in the southern edge of the country perched on top of the mountains and go cave tubing in the jungle.



Welcome to Altun Ha


Mayan face on the Sky God temple


Priceless jade was discovered here


Close up of a parakeet at Sky Temple


Me with the Mayan face


The plaza from top of Sky temple


Reggie at the Sky temple


Panarama of the Sky temple


Delivering my speech to nobody


Large tree between two temples


Temple of the Wind God


Custard apples a Mayan delicacy


Cyber (left), the most holy Mayan tree


Local jungle huts


Jeromi holding Jackass Bitters


Scene of everyday Belizian life


Photo op for me and the kids


Boa constrictor found along the road


Reggie with Belize City behind him


U.S. Embassy in Belize City


Sunset off the Central American coast


 
 
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