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Xunantunich and Cahal Pech- Mayan Ruins
Belize and Tikal-Guatemala

First Morning at Hamanasi ResortFirst Morning at Hamanasi Resort (Julie Bleau)
After a great night sleep, the alarm clock went off at 5:30 a.m. Packed our day bag with water bottles (that were given to us), sun screen, insect repellent (a must to have at all time), and a hat. Buffet-Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and we were good to go at 7:00 a.m. along with two other guests and our guide/driver. Our first stop was ''Cahal Pech'' meaning ''the place of the thicks''. Cahal Pech is a very nice area to visit and explore. Climbing the pyramid was a great way to understand the way Mayans used to live. After a break for lunch (rice, veggies, sandwiches, salad and cookies), we were heading to the famous Mayan site: ''Xunantunich'' pronounced (Shu-nan-tu-nich); which means Stone Maiden. After crossing the river on the ''ferry'' which consist of a floating platform that usually carries one car from one shore to the other and it is hand-powered. Xunantunich is wider and bigger than the previous area visited, but also a wonderful place to explore and investigate to learn more about Mayans' history. The site was very peaceful and welcoming. The pyramid has a few replicas of hieroglyphs giving a glimpse of the majesty of its past. From the top of the pyramid we could see the border of Belize and Guatemala . . . the place we will be heading in couple days, but for that moment we enjoyed the grandeur of the view of the jungle, the city and the ruins. We were back at the hotel by 4:30 p.m.

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