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Cahal Pech in Belize mayan ruin near San Ignacio

Exploring Cahal Pech in Belize

This is from my 2004 trip to Belize. Since I am currently in Belize, I am republishing both for my own memories and to share with you.  At the top of a hill near San Ignacio, in the Cayo District (Belize’s largest), sits Cahal Pech, the oldest known Maya site. These ruins of a Maya ceremonial …

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Rainforest cabin at Table Rock Jungle Lodge

Jungle Lodges in Belize : Table Rock Jungle Lodge

There are a bunch of jungle lodges or eco lodges in Belize and it’s hard to know which one to pick. We stayed at Table Rock Jungle Lodge in the Cayo District near San Ignacio and found a bunch of reasons why it is one of the best family resorts in Belize. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own trip and know if this is the right jungle lodge for you.

{Peru} Colcapampa to La Playa

You’re never alone in the Andes. Subsistence farms with their tiered gardens and noisy chickens hang tightly to the mountains. Couples much older than I pass you with heavy loads on their backs. A guy on a burro is led by a man holding an old radio to his ear. But still, we’ve been out …

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{Peru} El Maizal to Yanama

We woke up at El Maizal to find ourselves on a terrace, surrounded on three sides by mountains across deep valleys. Since we arrived in the dark we didn’t know exactly what to expect; we weren’t disappointed. El Maizal is a little farm perched on the side of the Andes. I didn’t write down the …

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{Peru} Choquequirao to El Maizal

First off, Henry said I should tell you how to pronounce “Choquequirao.” It took me a little practice–the quechua words are tricky. Show-kay-ca-row (that “row” rhymes with “cow.”) I don’t know if that helps, but there you go. It seemed that the campsites in this little slice of the Andes kept getting better and better. …

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