You Better Belize It! Day 6 (Cahal Pech)
We decided to take a break from the scary vehicles and driving and hoof it to Cahal Pech on Tuesday (April 5th). It’s the oldest known Maya site in the Belize River valley, and sits high on a hill about a mile and a half from our hotel. It turned out to be one of the best days on our trip, because of the simplicity of the day and the unique architecture of the ruins. We finally had a chance to explore ruins at our own pace and spend time together – just the two of us. We only saw three other tourists while we were there, so we feel pretty lucky that we got the city to ourselves. It was so peaceful.
We started at the visitors center, looking at some Maya artifacts and reading about their civilization, then braved the scorching sun again. As we walked into the first large courtyard we were greeted by a lovely tree with delicate yellow orchids growing on it. Orchids are common in Belize and Guatemala, but this was the first time we had see this particular species. The other orchids that were in bloom had large red blossoms, unlike any we had ever seen before.