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Day 4 Xunantunich

Day 4
December 18, 2011 Xunantunich Maya Temples and transfer to San Pedro

Waking up to our beautiful scenic view of the Cahal Pech Resort was so amazing and was the perfect start to today’s journey in San Ignacio, Belize. We had breakfast and took a few pictures before departing our hotel. We took a short ride to Xunantunich (Maya for “Maiden of the rock”) which is near the western border of Belize and Guatemala. We climbed a few temples, walked through the rain forest, stopped to see ants carrying leaves to their home to use it as fertilizer for food, and saw the sensitive mimosa. It was very interesting to see this plant, as it shrivels up when touched and goes to sleep. Some people use mimosas to help with insomnia or sleep disorders, which I will need after today’s long journey. We then climbed the second highest temple in Belize! It was amazing and took little effort to climb and once we reached the top we took pictures, then saw the wall carvings on the temple and climbed back down. We got back on the hand cranked ferry to cross the Mopan River while our tour guide Randy turned on “crank that” by Soulja boy. We then headed back to Belize City and took a 1 hour and 15 minute boat ride to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, where we will be staying for three nights.
Greetings from Belize, Thavina Ounnarath