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Fresh coconuts and sugarcane

Fresh coconuts and sugarcane

Straight off the plane we traveled to the first of 3 Mayan ruins, Altun Ha. After our hike around the temples we decided to get some refreshing fresh coconut from a local vendor.

The High Temple of Lamani

The High Temple of Lamani

The second day we went to see the Mayan ruins at Lamani. To get there we had to take a boat through the New River. On the way we got to see a few interesting sites and even got to feed a spider monkey.

Carrie, Cristin and Will at the Inland Blue Hole

Carrie, Cristin and Will at the Inland Blue Hole

On our way from San Ignacio to Placencia we stopped to see in the Inland Blue Hole.

Nate at the Inland Blue Hole

Nate at the Inland Blue Hole

Unfortunately it wasn’t its usual blue color due to all the rain but it was still an amazingly beautiful site to see.

Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

Our last few days were spent in Placencia, a beautiful beach city.

Meeting Mr. Gegg the owner of Discovery tours

Meeting Mr. Gegg the owner of Discovery tours

One of the big themes of our trip was Eco-tourism and while in Belize City we got to meet the owner of a company who provides a lot of different activities that are friendly to the environment.

Day 1: Lamanai

Yesterday our flight landed in Belize, and ever since the arrival at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel we have all become friends and created many memories in only the beginning of our great adventure together. Last night Shawna, Ben, and Javon decided to take a little swim in the beautiful pool while Thavina and Patty dipped their feet and talked. And yes, it was raining and cold, but that made it even more exciting!

On this trip to Belize there is Professor Harris, Randy the tour guide, Patty, Lisa, Steven, Javon, Thavina, Shawna and Ben. We are driving up to New River Lagoon and riding a boat up to Lamanai then driving out to see Almun Ha. A few amazing things we did was hold a baby crocodile, feed bananas to Spider Monkeys, barter with the natives, climb steep temples in the rain, watch a Jesus Christ lizard run on water, slide down the side of a Mayan mound as a short cut and see a double rainbow.

Even though we were all exhausted from exploring the tops of many Mayan temples, the night is still young so we decided to all go swimming and eat by the poolside. After dinner Ben went and grabbed a deck of cards and him, Thavina, Patty, Javon and Shawna played a long game of Spoons, that was filled with many laughs to the point of tears and injured hands. The victor was Shawna with her quick ninja like skills, and her winning prize was to pick a victim to throw in the pool. Her choice: Ben. Now that the day is over we are all going to write in our journals and pack up our belongings for tomorrows adventures!

Quote of the Night: Inspiration – Forest Gump
“There are table spoons, soup spoons, tea spoons… that, that’s about it.” – Ben

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