|2nd Floor restaurant, 'Marin's'|
|Overlooking the busy intersection of Caye Caulker|
|Lobsta' and eggs with fry jacks and OJ|
|Godfrey, myself and Tucker outside of their restaurant.|
|Last looks at Caye Caulker|
After about two hours driving west through Belize, we reached the Cayo district and my hotel. I checked in to a very basic room (which will be perfect since I am only using it as a home base to go explore some Mayan Ruins nearby). I ordered some rice and beans with stewed chicken (very similar to what I had on Half Moon Caye) and headed into town to find a guide. I jumped in a cab with a local that was heading into San Ignacio and set out to find someone willing to take me on a couple trips.
|Rice and Beans in Santa Elena|
I was lucky and found someone with openings for the two trips I wanted to do on my second stop. Tomorrow morning, I will head to the ruins of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Known as ATM for short, this site is a Mayan archeological site that is famous for the 'Crystal Maiden'. This is a calcified skeleton of an teenage boy that is believed to have been sacrificed at the altar. The Mayan are believed to have altered the cave formations to create altars and to project certain shadows on the walls.
On Thursday, I will wake up a little earlier and take a trip to Guatemala in order to visit Tikal. Tikal is belived to be one of the capitals of the Mayan empire. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. I won't get in to too many details about it here because I am sure I will have many more nerdy facts Thursday evening. Needless to say, I remember studying this site through textbooks in High School and am beyond excited to get to visit in person.
Oh yea, btw, it is a full moon tonight...