[room 209m] botanicals

October 19, 2017

Yesterday, my class went on a fun field trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. I love this field trip because the students get a chance to be completely surrounded by nature. We’re at a school that has blacktops for recess and a fake grass field so it’s always a treat to see so much real greenery. Of course, they’re always obsessed with the water and completely unimpressed with the flora and fauna. It’s always the worst field trip because it’s essentially hours of walking straight and, let me tell you, these kids have the stamina of babies. They complained so much! Grrr …

A botanical photo adventure:

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One of the most important places people visit while jumping off from San Ignacio is the Caracol Maya ruins. Caracol is Belize’s largest and most important Maya site as it used to be one of the most important Maya epicenters. Potentially home to upwards of 150,000 people at its height, this site is known for its artificial reservoirs, extensive agricultural terraces, grand temples, and the fact that it’s now completely enshrouded by jungle. The most amazing thing is that Caana (Sky Place) in Plaza B used to be and still is Belize’s tallest building! I just loved wandering around the various trails that leads to all the ballcourts, plazas, temples, and the central acropolis. We had to go with a guide since it’s quite difficult to get to Caracol by yourself so it was neat to get a chance to listen to the history of this beautiful place as well. I would definitely recommend it!

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio caving

A San Ignacio, Belize photo adventure:

While swimming around and exploring ATM was just about the neatest adventure ever and really nothing else can compare, there are also other interesting cave adventure near San Ignacio as well. One of these is the Rio Frio Cave. Unlike ATM, there’s no swimming involved in this one and it’s actually quite small though still close to water, hence the name Rio Frio (Cold River). Rio Frio Cave was a short stopover on our way to even bigger and better adventures, but I did enjoy this small excursion because it was so amazing to see how large this cave really is. While not long, the mouth of this cave is just enormous and the stalagmite and stalactite just huge!

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pech

A San Ignacio, Belize photo adventure:

San Ignacio is a huge jumping off point for cool adventures in the area, like caving, but there are a view things right within walking distance of this city as well. In fact, this is one adventure that I particularly enjoyed because there was literally nobody around! Everyone goes to the fancy ruins hours away from San Ignacio, but very few people actually walk up to the Cahal Pech Maya ruins, just one mile south of San Ignacio. Cahal Pech is definitely smaller compared to other sites, but it’s actually the oldest known Maya site in the Belize River valley. Filled with pre-classic Maya architecture, this lesser known group of (and definitely cheaper) ruins shows off a number of attached plazas, ball courts, and tunnel-like walkways all now completely surrounded by the jungle. It was incredibly peaceful to walk around this entire place, know that I essentially walked all of it, and get to enjoy it in complete silence as there were no other groups of tourists at all!

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio pools

A San Ignacio, Belize photo adventure:

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm caving