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#35200 - 02/25/01 01:37 AM ruins tour from Belize Cit
geckogirl Offline
We are staying at the Radisson in Belize City late afternoon on Mar 24. We're not leaving to go to AC until the morning of Mar 26. What is a good ruins tour to take? Also aren't there some ruins on AC to see? Would appreciate any help you can provide.

#35201 - 02/25/01 06:14 AM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
Karen Pasquariello Offline
Out of all the ruins, I think for a day trip that you see the most going to Lamanai. You travel north by road into the Orange Walk area, the get on a boat where you see lots of birdlife and sometimes crocodile. The Ruins are nestled in the jungle and it is a nice walk to visit the different sites. Sometimes you see monkeys and if you have a good guide, they explain the trees and plants and their medicinal uses. I really like the Novelo brothers as guides. About ruins on Ambergris, when I lived there I heard about some mounds, but would never know they were ruins. I never saw them, but it is nothing like the ruins on the mainland.
Karen Pasquariello

#35202 - 02/25/01 09:38 PM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
I agree with Karen that Lamanai ruins are wonderful and a great trip. However, if I were staying in Belize City for two nights as you are, I'd probably rent a car, get an early start and drive out to Cayo for a full day -- stop at the zoo along the way, then go on to San Ignacio to see Xunantunich and Cahal Pech or skip Cahal Pech and drive to Che Chem Ha to see the cave (great home-cooked food, too).

You can easilyh do Lamanai on a day trip from Ambergris Caye, but it's a little more complicated and time-consuming to do Cayo from San Pedro.

There are Maya sites at the south end (Marco Gonzales) and also the far north end of the island, and probably elsewhere as this island was home to Maya for many centuries, but they are difficult to get to and really there's little to see expect bumps.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#35203 - 02/26/01 06:35 AM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
Dallas Dave Offline
Chem Che Ha? Hey Lan, I have not heard of this place. What's it like? Near the Guat border? Do you reccomend it? Thanks

#35204 - 02/26/01 03:03 PM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Yeah, Che Chem Ha is a cave on private property west of San Ignacio. It's has a lot of Maya artifacts. The family that owns the land also have a small lodge and restaurant -- highly recommended.

--Lan Sluder
Lan Sluder/Belize First

#35205 - 03/01/01 08:39 PM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
chipper Offline
I have the same situation next week and have decided to go to Tikal before heading to AC for a week. My plan is:

3/8/01 - late afternoon arrival in Belize City. Stay in the city overnight.
3/9/01 - take first flight (8:30 am) to Flores. Transport to Tikal from airport and guided tour of Tikal by the folks at Hotel Tikal Inn (lunch included). Stay at the Hotel Tikal Inn overnight.
3/10/01 - second part of guided tour (breakfast included) and depart Tikal/Flores at around 2:30 pm, arriving in Belize City at 3:30 pm and catching the 3:40 pm flight to AC (there by 4:00 pm).

I know that you were thinking of being in AC on the morning of the 26th, but from what I've read and heard about Tikal, it should be pretty spectacular. The total cost for the Tikal stuff should be a little over $325 (~$175 for the airfare, ~$140 for the hotel, transport and tour). It might not be the least expensive way to spend 1 1/2 to 2 days, but I'm really excited about it. In addition, the guy at Hotel Tikal Inn I spoke with (Ricardo) seemed really friendly and helpful.

Hope this helps. I'll be able to write about my experiences once I'm back on the 18th!

#35206 - 03/01/01 09:05 PM Re: ruins tour from Belize Cit
Debbie Offline
You will LOVE Tikal. I didn't know what to really expect when I went, but I know the pictures were sure impressive. Multiply your best expectations by 50 and you have Tikal. It was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. Our guide for the tour was awesome. He was a college kid who was majoring in Mayan studies. He was Mayan himself. Young and energetic. Instead of the footpaths, he took us through the jungle instead. Grueling, but well worth the treasures that awaited us. You will have a wonderful time and have an experience that you will never forget.


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