San Ignacio - We chose to spend our time inland where there was more variety than beach bumming. The hotel was beautiful and surrounded by lush jungle.
Tikal - To be perfectly honest, this was the main reason I wanted to stay inland - so we could cross the border into Guatemala and visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal. And get another stamp on my passport. Tikal is far more expansive and private than Teotihuacan in Mexico. There were absolutely no vendors trying to sell their wares.
Temple 1 - built by the most popular ruler, in honor of himself. He constructed an identical edifice facing this one dedicated to his wife. (yes, men CAN be romantic)
Flora and fauna - This is the tree the Mayan culture called the "tree of life."
This interesting "fruit" is not edible, the natives have a name for it, but I would likely get arrested by the internet police if I typed it. The sap of the tree can be used as a cure to bot-fly infestation. It anesthetizes the worm that bores into your skin where you were bitten and allows you to pull it out. I know, lovely.
our guide - my buddy
Mercado - Saturday morning we checked out the local market, where Belizians sell their wares. We sampled fresh coconut, papuse -kind of a "fat boy" tortilla, sacha - puffy empanadas with a cabbage topping , and sour sop ice cream.
So yummy! Sour Sop
Saturday turned out to be quite rainy with thunderstorms all day and,
well, we ended up a little desperate for entertainment . . .