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  • Day130

    In Belize ist die Landessprache Englisch (die meisten können auch Spanisch sprechen) und Belize hat das zweit größte Korallenriff der Welt. Diese zwei Punkte wären entscheidend bei der Auswahl in welches Land wir in der Karibik reisen möchten.
    Natürlich wollten wir das Riff auch gerne sehen, doch wie sich herausstellte ist das nicht so ganz einfach, denn es liegt sehr weit draußen so das man nicht selbst hin Schnorcheln kann, sondern immer Touren buchen muss. Deswegen haben wir uns entschieden eine Woche in das Atoll von Glover's reef zu fahren. Das war nicht billig, aber schnorchel Touren​ hätten ja auch etwas gekostet.

    Glover's reef ist ein 32 km langes Atoll, das 45 km vom Festland entfernt ist. Wir waren auf einer ganz kleinen Insel in dem Atoll. Man konnte sie in zehn Minuten umrunden, sie war voller Kokosnuss Palmen und das Wasser war türkis und sehr klar. Als wir nach einer Stunde Bootsfahrt auf einem kleinen Boot dort ankamen,war ich mir sicher, dass wir im Paradies gelandet waren!!! Es kam noch besser, wir hatten dort eine Woche Camping gebucht und Essen für eine Woche mitgebracht um dort Kochen zu können. Nachdem wir bezahlt hatten verkündete uns die Inhaberin, dass sie zur Zeit keine Gemeinschaftsküche haben und das wir deshalb in einer dieser Hütten auf dem Wasser schlafen könnten, zu denen lange Stege übers Wasser führen, dort gäbe es auch Kochplatten. Ich war sprachlos, solche Hütten kannte ich nur von sehr schönen Kalendern und jetzt sollten wir auch noch aussuchen welche von denen wir bewohnen durften. Überwältigt fragte ich den Mann der uns eine Führung über die Insel gab wie man sich den für eine Hütte entscheidet und er sagte "you just pick one". Also haben wir uns einfach eine ausgesucht und als wir über den Steg zur Hütte liefen, schwamm gerade ein Rochen an uns vorbei! Wir waren sehr viel schnorcheln und haben schöne Korallenriffe mit wunderschönen Fischen, Rochen und Ammenhaien gesehen, ansonsten haben wir die Ansicht genossen und unseres Lebens erfreut. Wir beschlossen das Paradies nie mehr zu verlassen und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind dann Schnorcheln sie noch heute!
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  • Day2

    Today was such an experience. We landed in Belize airport early this morning and went through customs. We hopped on a bus that took us on a 7 hour drive. The weather was really humid and muggy, but the bus driver was going so fast that there was a nice breeze all the way down. We made a bathroom stop and were actually there for quite a while. We also made a stop for lunch at this place and the prices were pretty decent and the food was tasty. I got the special which was chicken with rice and beans. I tried the plantain but I really didnt care for it. The pineapple juice that we ordered was delicious! After an another hour of driving we made our way to the Machacha camp and the fun begun. We were introduced to people and then were told our room assignments. I was put into a cabin Called Macaw.  I took a bed close to the door and the fan! It was so hot and muggy, I couldn't stop sweating. We made our way down for briefing and I was told I was going to be a cabin counselor. My partners come from Muerietta and are named Nicole and Maddie. We were given 2 shirts each which are all we can wear apparently. Then we took a tour of the camp with a guy named Erikson. We had some free time after the tour and Brittney and Vic and I went to shower. We were really sketched about the cold 2 minute showers and so we planned out exactly how it would work. 15 sec water, then lather, rinse, lather, rinse. It was sooooooooooo nice and I wish it was longer. Following the shower we headed to dinner, im not really sure what we ate but it was good. Then we were broken up into our groups and went over duties. After the meeting ended all the girls came to my cabin and we had Nutella and almonds yum! We talked and then went looking for bugs in other peoples cabins. Great day! Looking forward to tomorrow!!Read more

  • Day183

    After a failed attempt to get pizza, shuttle to Guatemala City, 4am start and flight via El Salvador we arrived in Belize City - ready for Caye Caulker. Still wrecked from the hike, we deserved it.

    Arriving in Caye Caulker was like arriving in paradise. Crystal clear water, Caribbean vibes, no cars, colourful houses and some of the most easy-going people I have ever met. I loved the 'go slow' mentality here and it's hard for this place not to rub off on you.

    First thing was first: beach. We went down to the Lazy Lizard on the split and sunbathed for the remainder of the day. Al and I went for a swim, not realising the current was actually really strong and I genuinely had to be saved by a local who grabbed my wrist and pulled me to safety ("my saviour"). We had lunch and then went to Sip 'n' Dip - one of my ultimate favourite bars ever. It has hammocks, swings and tubes in the sea and the happy hour was pretty lethal.

    After we got ready for our first night out and had a cute BYOB dinner at Chef Juan's. We then set out to the sports bar, basically where everyone goes for a night out. Lots of dancing, shots, you name it and we were also happy to see some of our Irish friends we'd met in Lanquin. It was such a good night, everyone on great form, ending up in Reggae Bar and then back to our hostel for more drinks.

    The day after was a bit eat, sleep, rave, repeat starting with the split, jokes at Sip 'n' Dip (one of my fave parts of the holiday - "you look like a well pissed woman"), dinner at Enjoy and then onto the sports bar for karaoke which was amazing - basically every single Shaggy song you can think of and no night is complete without embarrassing English people trying to sing the words to Despacito.

    Deciding not to go to reggae bar, we decided to go back to our hostel and drink the gin we had bought earlier. Laura (the key bearer) was nowhere to be seen, and after brainstorming ideas of how to break into our room we decided to pop the window out of the frame and one of us to climb in and unlock the door from the inside. This was hilarious until we realised the owner of the hostel was watching us. In the morning we got fined $75bz as we broke the window. Bright sparks.

    The next day we woke up with pretty sore heads, in time for snorkelling along the second largest barrier reef in the world. This was amazing as we got to swim with manatees, turtles, nurse sharks, green eels and loads more crazy wildlife. Unfortunately, my GoPro footage is pretty crap of the snorkelling as I was so tired I couldn't really be bothered, but it was an amazing experience - although I was really tired/ hungover and at times, quite seasick.

    When we had finished snorkelling we had unlimited run and the storm to end all storms. It was at this point, when we were all singing on the boat, that I realised this was probably going to be one of my last happy memories in Latin America, and the end is neigh. I've decided to cut my trip short (about 5 weeks early).

    We were dropped off at KoKo Kings where we had a few more drinks, before going back to get ready for our last night out. The girls were leaving to go back to England the next day and I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going on from Caye Caulker. After more cocktails and food at Enjoy, Phi and I were exhausted, went to the sports bar for all of five minutes and decided to head home for an 'early' night.

    The next day we paid our fine, and got the boat back to Belize City. The others heading on to the airport and me to Chetumal in Mexico. Saying goodbye was pretty emotional because I had such an amazing time with them and was sad it was over. I also had no POA of what I was going to do next but I knew I'd be seeing them again pretty soon.
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  • Day10

    Wir sind vorgestern nach einer ziemlich teuren Fahrt (ca. 50 Euro) in dem wohl entspanntesten Ort der Welt angekommen. Auf Caye Caulker, einer Insel vor Belize, sind echt alle super gechillt und solltest du es nicht sein, lassen dich die Bewohner dies sofort wissen indem sie "Go slow Lady" rufen oder dir einfach einen Special Brownie anbieten :D I like...
    Ich habe mir die Insel zwar noch etwas kleiner und relaxter vorgestellt, weshalb ich gestern auch schon sechs Uhr morgens durch die Straßen gelaufen bin (natürlich slow ;)), um in Ruhe die Insel zu erkunden. Aber da gerade Nebensaison ist, sind hier zum Glück auch tagsüber nicht so viele Touris. Es ist allerdings fast schon anstrengend wie viele deutsche Touristen hier sind, die gefühlt alle die gleiche Route nehmen (Würde mich mal interessieren, wie viele Deutsche so im Ausland leben)...ich freue mich also schon auf meinen Sprachkurs und die "workaways" und hoffe dann mehr mit Einheimischen in Kontakt zu kommen, denn die Backpaper Community ist schon so eine Art Parallelgesellschaft :D Auch cool, aber von der Kultur bekommen viele dann glaube ich doch nur ganz oberflächlich etwas mit.
    Heute machen wir eine Schnorchel Tour beim zweitgrößten Riff der Welt aber jetzt gehts erstmal an den Strand für Yoga :)

    Xoxo
    Cloud
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  • Day11

    Gestern waren wir auf einer Halbtagestour zum schnorcheln und sind mit Rochen und Katzenhaien geschwommen :D unser Guide wohnt schon seit er 4 ist auf der Insel und war somit eins mit der Unterwasserlandschaft und den Tieren. Ziemlich beeindruckend war das Riff, welches seit ca. acht Jahren unter Naturschutz steht aber gleichzeitig auch etwas erschreckend, dass nicht auf eine ökologische Sonnencreme hingewiesen wurde und dass einige Touristen auch keine Rücksicht auf die Korallen nehmen und einfach alles antatschen...
    Was mir auch auffällt ist grundsätzlich der Umgang mit Müll. Mülltrennung ist hier leider rar und oft wir dieser einfach in der Natur entsorgt. Bei unserer Abreise heute haben wir auf dem Wasser einen ziemlich großen Ölteppich entdeckt...in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit kann die Insel also noch etwas aufholen, dafür ist sie in Sachen Freundlichkeit wohl kaum zu toppen.

    Empfehlung Caye Caulker: Schnorchel Tour, Zimt Hefezopf bei cay caulker bakery, Reggae Bar, Koko King Island (kostenloses Shuttle)

    Neu gesichtete Tiere: Rochen, Katzenhai, Seepferdchen, viele bunte Fische, Pelikan
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  • Day110

    Iguana sind Leguane die hier in der Natur leben. Grüne Leguane sind hier in Belize auch bekannt als "grüne Hühnchen" da ihr Fleisch ähnlich wie Hühnerfleisch schmeckt. Die weiblichen grünen Iguanas werden wegen ihrer Eier und ihres Fleisches deshalb oft gejagt, was eigentlich verboten ist. Wir haben ein Iguana Conservation Center in San Ignacio besucht. Sie kümmern sich um die Aufzucht und lassen die Tiere dann wieder frei. War interessant sie anzusehen und lustig und komisch die Tiere auf sich zu haben!Read more

  • Day117

    Heute waren wir in einer der größten Höhlen in Belize. Der Actun Tunichil Muknal Höhle. Da der Name so lang und schwer auszusprechen ist, wird sie einfach ATM Höhle genannten, was oft zu Verwirrungen führt, da ein ATM eigentlich im englischen ein Geldautomat ist!
    Um in diese Höhle zu kommen muss man eine Tour buchen und leider ist sie auch nicht billig (76€), aber es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!
    Unsere Tour begann morgens und wir mussten 1Stunde mit dem Bus zum Parkplatz der Höhle fahren, die Hälfte des Weges war natürlich Schotterweg mit vielen Schlaglöchern 😋, aber das kannten wir ja schon!
    Wir würden mit Schuhen, Helmen und Taschenlampen ausgestattet und durften nur unser Wasser mitnehmen. Kamaras sind verboten, weshalb es keine Bilder von uns von der Höhle gibt. Damit ihr aber trotzdem sehen könnt wo wir waren habe ich Bilder aus dem Internet hochgeladen.
    Los ging das Abenteuer!
    Bis zur Höhle mussten wir eine dreiviertel Stunde durch den Dschungel laufen und dabei drei Mal einen Fluss durchqueren. Es gab Seile an denen man sich festhalten konnte, durch einen Fluss musste man schwimmen durch die anderen konnte man laufen.
    An der Höhle angekommen war ich schon sehr beeindruckt von dem Eingang und war gespannt auf das was uns erwartet.
    Wir bildeten eine Schlange, der Tourgide ganz vorne und die sieben Teilnehmer hinterher und schwammen in die Höhle hinein. Durch die Höhle fließt ein Fluss und deshalb waren wir zu 70% der Zeit im Wasser. Meistens konnte man laufen und sich an den Wänden festhalten manchmal war das Wasser so tief, dass man schwimmen musste. Es gab große Felsbrocken und enge Gassen, wir sind dadurch, drüber, drunter und drumrum geklettert, manchmal musste man seitwärts gehen und hat gerade so durch die Öffnung gepasst. Manchmal war man in riesigen Räumen wo Tropfsteine von den Decken hingen und glitzerten und manchmal musste man kleine Stromschnellen raufklettern oder runter rutschen.
    Schließlich klettern wir in eine obere "Etage", zu einem "Raum" in der die Maya früher Zeremonien gehalten hatten und ihren Göttern Opfer gebracht haben. Es lag alles noch so da wie es gefunden wurde, denn es darf dort nichts entfernt, bewegt oder ausgegraben werden. Wir sahen viele verschiedene getöpferte Vasen und Krüge (die die Mayas nach den Zeremonien selbst zerstören, sie waren aber noch gut zu erkennen), Feuerstellen und Skelette von Menschenopfern.Dieser "Raum" war wunderschön, er war riesig und hoch und überall wuchsen Stalagmiten und Stalaktiten die glitzerten.

    Wir waren über zwei Stunden in der Höhle, sie ist riesig! Als ich den Ausgang wieder sah wollte ich gar nicht raus!
    Wir hatten einen sehr guten Guide der viel erklärt hat und gut auf uns aufgepasst hat. Mich überfiel wieder einmal eine große Dankbarkeit, die Welt bereisen zu können und so etwas sehen zu können. Denn eins ist klar, so etwas ist in Deutschland nicht möglich, viel zu gefährlich, zu riskant und zu viele Regeln und Gesetze die verhindern würden, das man solche Plätze so erleben könnte.

    Die ganze Tour war sehr beeindruckend, ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass ich noch eine schönere Höhle in meinem Leben sehen werde! Auf jeden Fall werde ich dieses Abenteuer nicht so schnell vergessen!!!
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  • Day353

    We, 16.08. Border crossing Flores-Melchor de Mencos/Benque Viejo del Carmen-San Ignacio
    Super spontaneous and as I was already awake quite early again I made my way to Belize early in the morning, the last of the 7 Latin American countries and my already 64th country. Despite public Colectivo bus incl a stop at the market the border was with only 2h quite close, I could leave Guatemala without departure fee and super quick, Belize took unfortunately half an h and thus a bit longer. I immediately noticed that all signs were in English and everybody spoke English fluently, the Queen can also be found on all notes. Without a lot of waiting I then took a Colectivo taxi for only 10B$ or $5 to San Ignacio in the Cayo District, being only a 20min drive away.

    Welcome to Belize! :)
    As former British Honduras and member of the Commonwealth Belize is the only country in Central America where the official language is English instead of Spanish - a perfect country for beginners without Spanish skills but also one of the dearest. It is also the only country in Central America not having access to the Pacific; it is located on the Caribbean coast south-east of the Yucatán Peninsula and is in particular known for superb diving spots in Caye Caulker/Blue Hole, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and second largest barrier reef in the world as well as its numerous Mayan sites which are best visited from San Ignacio in the Maya Mountains.
    Capital is Belmopan with only 20,000 habitants, biggest city as well as cultural and economical centre is Belize City on the Caribbean coast, currency Belize Dollar, distances are measured in miles or foot and everything is a bit American incl overly cold air conditioning.
    Food is a mixture of Latin America and Caribbean with many Creolian menus - in most cases again white rice and red beans, often in coconut oil with chicken, beef or fried fish. Seafood and lobster in particular is always good and especially soups such as Seré (fish in coconut oil), Escabeche (chicken soup with onions) as well as Relleno Negro (chicken soup with black recado) are super delicious and offered with either rice or corn tortillas - finally again a nice alternative :) Breakfast usually consists of eggs and flour tortillas as well as 'fry jacks', heavily fried balls with meat or vegetables as well as many Chinese and Indian restaurants. Between 12 and 1pm everything is closed and dinner is also rather early between 6-8pm, perfect for me ;)
    The population is again rather conservative with a lot of machism and haggling only done in the markets. The crime rate is also quite high, one should especially be ware on the borders and get a hostel with lockers. Nevertheless the people are all friendly, it is just so strange that everybody speeks fluent English; I am not used to that anymore :P

    For time reasons and as I am not a diver anyway I decided to only do a 3-4d trip to the only 3-4h far away town of San Ignacio. Together with the neighbouring Santa Elena (oh yes, many of them :P) this friendly relaxed town is the touristic centre of the Cayo District (being the reason that it is also called Cayo) and the perfect getaway for many Mayan ruins and adventure tours along the Macal river.
    The town itself is not very big but very beautiful with the police station being the most prettiest and central building. By accident I found a cool hostel or rather campground with sleeping in a hammock for only USD 7.50 (Belize is rather expensive with an average of USD 15.00) nice and calm located on Macal River and across the Farmer's Markets.
    After lunch I spontaneously visited the small Mayan site Cahal Pech located on a hill only 20min from San Ignacio's centre. Small but still with many corridors, stairs, squares and temples it used to be the royal acropolis of an elite family with Audiencia as highest building from which you get a good view of the town as well as the Xunantunich ruins close to the Guatemalian border, good weather provided. It was also not that touristy, I was more or less the only one and there was again a lot of information about the Maya: They did not have a currency but traded same goods and later coffee beans; they were never interested in gold, the most important stone was jade; they used plants and animals as colours; temples were sacred places and not meant to be climbed by anyone like we tourists do it nowadays - usually it was priests and the stairs are so high to glorify the gods, every step was a bow; they knew about the wheel (there is a wooden dog on wheels) but it was not used for construction works; they were not as peaceful which can be seen on the many ball games, bloody religious rituals or sacrifices as well as fights and they also did not diasappear but can still be found in some villages. They were very smart people, good in agriculture and many arts such as bones, shells, stones, metals as well as ceramics which survived all the years.
    After that I treated myself with 'Black Dinner' or 'Relleno Negro', a.m. black chicken soup and presumably the most typical dish here - very yummy ;)

    Th, 17.08. San Ignacio: ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal)
    After the 3 smaller Maya sites in El Salvador, the huge complex Copán in Honduras, the enormous site Tikal in Guatemala, the small village Cahal Pech as well as the smaller site Xunantunich planned for Friday I needed a break from all the ruins and decided to do the absolute highlight here and recommended as number 1 of the caves by National Geographic: adventure canyoning in the caves and former Maya site ATM - Actun Tunichil Muknal, meaning cave of the stone tomb and was an absolute unique experience. Especially in this region Belize has a lot of caves such as the popular Caves Branch Cave and Barton Creek Cave; the first one is famous for tubing, the second one for canoing - which I all already did apart from canyoning in a cave :)
    Discovered in 1986 you can only visit them with one of Belize's dearest tours (usually $110, I haggled it down to $80 :)) in a combination of adventure canyoning and archaelogical remains. It is a 3 miles underwater river that can only be reached by swimming, subterranean chambers with nice stone/rock formations as well as 1000y old Mayan relicts but the most spectacular are the scelettons of the human sacrifices. As a tourist dropped his camera and destroyed a relict in the cave 5y ago in 2012 as well as for security reasons (to not have any splitters in the rivers/on the paths and to avoid injuries due to distraction) it is not allowed anymore to take pictures or to bring any other objects apart from helmet, headtorch, life vest and shoes - you also have to wear shorts and shirts over the bikini for religious reasons. The photo ban was a completely new experience for me, you thus enjoy everything a bit more ;)
    We were also a small group with only 8 people which you also should be especially in the caves with the many sharp rocks and instructions of the guides. After 1h normal and half an h drive via gravel road we first had a 40min walk through super green grass/forest scenery until the entrance of the cave where we already had 3 river crossings with super warm water - which was the opposite in the dark wet cave :P There we went 1h through the wet along super cool rock formations via pretty slippery and sharp stones mostly hip-high swimming or wading, partially super narrow through the caves. We also saw many cristals as well as some bats. On the dry part we had to take off our shoes and walk with socks only to protect the paths but it was absolutely unique: being 200m under the ground there were many signs of the Mayan culture and their sacrifices such as ceramics, skulls and scelettons. The cave was tremendous with so many colourful glittering rocks similar to coral reefs, very nice :) After almost 1,5h we then went back the same way through the river before treating ourselves with a typical lunch consisting of rice, beans, chicken and nachos as well as the obligatory Rum Punch, yummy :) It was a nice experience with a lot of walking, climbing, a bit of swimming; however no real adventure canyoning but rather culture - in contrast to the Somoto Canyon in Nicaragua with jumping as well as Semuc Champey in Guatemala with candles.

    Fr, 18.08. San Ignacio: Caracol & Maya Mountains
    Ah, the people in Belize are also all super punctual, friendly and especially honest, in contrast to Guatemala nobody really tried to poak on me.
    I went to Caracol, Belize's biggest Maya site that day. Apart from me there was only another guy from Luxemburg, it was thus almost a private tour and with a visit of the guide's mother and family also a nice local experience. They showed us the black orchid (Belize's national plant), Keelbild Tucan (Belize's national bird) as well as many fruits such as bananas, papayas, avocados etc. After that we entered the so called Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve located at an altitude of 460m - an incredibly nice scenery of mountains and dense pine forests and additionally to that an almost 2h ride incl massages via gravel roads ;)
    Caracol itself is Belize's biggest Maya site, won over Tikal in Guatemala and is located in Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the deep rainforest jungle only 7km from the Guatemalian border. Based on its remoteness, a.m. exhausting 2h ride it is not a much visited site (currently 100, in the main season 180 people per day) and you are accompanied by a military truck leaving the site at 2pm for security reasons. Only parts of it are discovered or maintained and on a surface of 180km2 it had 150,000 habitants - twice as much as Belize City today. The pyramid The Canaa is with 43m the highest building of the site and whole Belize from where you had again a nice view. Apart from Mayan history (corn people of the 3rd generation after 1. burnt similar to Sodom&Gomora, 2. flooded similar to Noah; Maya Calendar 360d + 5 unlucky days) there were again many animals such as grills, hawler monkeys and birds.
    After another typical lunch with rice, beans, chicken and fresh avocado we continued to Río Frío Cave - such a genious cave I have never seen something like that before with awesome rock formations, river, bats where you see both entrances at once - just look at the pictures ;) Same for the Río on Pools - super beautiful natural pools with genious whole body massage waterfalls, crystal-clear warm water as well as super hot rocks for sunbathing - just perfect to relax after climbing all the ruins in the heat and it is just amazing what nature offers us; btw this was my very first tour where I did not feel stressed but on the contrary the guide gave us a lot of time at all places, it was such an amazing day :)))

    Sa, 19.08. San Ignacio-Xunantunich-Santa Elena
    After another nice sunrise in the hammock I first went to San Ignacio's market in the morning - oh I just love the markets ;)
    After that I took the 30min chicken bus towards the Guatemalian border to visit the also a bit smaller Mayan site Xunantunich. The quiet village San José Succotz is located only 12km west of San Ignacio directly on the border to Guatemala next to the ruins of Xunantunich meaning 'Stone Maiden' - after a legend of the people from the village. It is the easiest one to reach, just by taking the bus to the Guatemalian border (super handy as I had to return to Flores anyway to make my way to Palenque and finally San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico) and then after a short free river ferry another 2km/20min uphill walk until the entrance. The site is located on an artificial hill with 5 hills and El Castillo, with 40m highest building incl the typical 13 portals (13 portals for the sky) from where you get a super view of the whole forest as well as the Guatemalian border - it was built over 4 generations with 500t limestone. Of course you also have to pay the double Gringo price here but it was definitively worth it: I have seldomly had sooo extremely loud hawler monkeys and also seen so many of them and so close. The ball game was again very important here as well as Yaxche (also known as Ceiba/Kapok/Silk Cotton Tree) - with 70m the highest tree of the rainforest, most common one in the Cayo region and very sacred for the Maya as tree of life (branches for the path to the sky, tree for the current life and roots as access to the underworld).
    Also sacred and portals to the underworld are caves which you will find a lot especially in the limestone region in Western Belize. Mayan did not use cemetories but had tombs directly below their buildings to stay close with their dead people and the earth was considered to be flat with white representing the North, red the East, yellow the South, black the West as well as green Ceiba for the centre. There was again a lot of military and it was already so hot at just about 10am - well, it is always worth getting up early, above all as it was Saturday and the site full with a lot of super loud American and British tourist groups :P However, I could still enjoy the views from all 3 main buildings - just unbeliezable :)))
    I then took a Colectivo taxi to the border where the taxi driver informed me that a hurricane is likely to reach Belize's coast on Tuesday also explaining the extreme heat; best preparations are to get a 3-4days water and food supply as well as a safe house of cement. Having paid the $20 Belizian exit fee I went back to Guatemala passing Yaxhá lake and ruins where I then enjoyed Flores island and the sunset and only had to do some orga stuff for Mexico.

    Similar to Honduras I did not have enough time to see more of Belize but I got an absolute positive impression: Super friendly people, better food and nice scenery - absolutely worth returning :)
    The only drawback are the costs, financially I was especially with the two with $80 super expensive tours unfortunately over my budget of 33€/d, having spent almost 195€ in 4d or around 49€/d and thus 64€ too much; which I can hopefully get back in presumably cheaper Mexico ;)
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  • Day369

    Schon am nächsten Tag ging es weiter ins nächste Land. Belize stand auf dem Plan. Als ehemalige britische Kolonie ist es das einzige zentralamerikanische Land, in dem englisch gesprochen wird.
    Nach meiner Ankunft habe ich dann erst mal die Gegend erkundet, bevor ich im Hostel Nirvana (UK) kennenlernte. Sie hatte von nahe gelegenen Ruinen gehört, die wir dann spontan besuchten. Dabei handelte es sich um Cahal Pech. Eine ziemlich typische Maya Stadt, die in der Klassik ihre Blüte hatte. Heute sind einige kleinere Pyramiden, Tempel, Ballspielplätze und Adelshäuser zu sehen.
    Einen Ballspielplatz findet man fast in jeder Maya Stadt. Das Spiel konnte politische, religiöse oder einfach unterhaltend sein. Es wurde mit einem Ball komplett aus Gummi gespielt und es war nur erlaubt mit Ellbogen, Hüfte und Knien zu spielen. Ziel war es, denn Ball durch einen Ring zu befördern.
    Genaue Regeln sind nicht bekannt, da die Konquistadoren auch hier gründlich waren, was die Vernichtung der Relikte der Kultur angeht.
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Belize, Beliz, ቤሊዝ, بليز, بيليز, Belice, Wilisi, بلیز, Белиз, Belisa, Беліз, Belizi, বেলিয, བེ་ལིཛ།, বেলিজ, Belise, بەلیز, ބެލީޒު, Belize nutome, Μπελίσε, Belizo, Belici, Beliise, Belis, An Bheilís, Beilise, Mbelise, बेलिझ, બેલીઝ, Yn Veleesh, בליז, बेलीज़, Բելիզ, Belís, ベリーズ, beliz, ბელიზი, បេលីហ្ស, ಬೆಲಿಜ್, 벨리즈, बेलीज, Beliza, Belizɛ, ເບລິຊ, Belizas, Белизе, ബെലീസ്, बेलिझे, Beliże, ဘေလီဇ်, Berij, Huēyicopan, Bhelize, बेलिज, Beliiz, ବେଲିଜ୍, ਬੇਲੀਜ਼, Beles, بیلیز, بېلیز, Bilisi, Belîzi, Belėzos, බෙලීස්, Белисе, IBhelizi, Bélis, பெலீசு, బెలీజ్, เบลีซ, ቤሊዘ, Pelise, بېلىز, بیلائز, Bê-li-xê, Belisän, Beliis, 伯利茲, Белсин Орн, בעליז, Orílẹ́ède Bèlísẹ̀, 伯利兹, i-Belize

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