Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Belize Adventure - Day 5

We started off Day 5 of our trip with a visit to the Belize Botanical Gardens - a starred attraction in the Fodors guidebook. We had two choices for getting to the gardens: take a 45 minute drive over very bumpy roads, or take a 3 minute canoe river trip down stream. We opted for the canoe. There's just something incredibly satisfying about using water travel for such a utilitarian purpose. I for one felt like quite the outdoors man.

Our canoe ride was for the most part uneventful and quite fun. That is, except that our little one repeatedly tried to climb out of the canoe. Apparently he's a little confused as to when we are supposed to float above the water, and when we are supposed to swim in it.

The Botanical Gardens were wonderful. The foreman of the gardens took us around, and his informative explanations made for a delightful tour. We've been to bigger botanical gardens before - but this one was the most enjoyable to visit.

The other highlight of Day 5 was a trip to the Cahal Pech ruins. The book claims that these are among the smaller Mayan ruins in the area, so my expectations were set fairly low. They need not have been - these were wonderful. There's plenty to climb in and around, and I more than got my Ancient Mayan Ruin fix for the day.

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