Belize City & Altun Ha

Trip Start Jul 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Carnival Valor

Flag of Belize  , Belize District,
Thursday, July 28, 2011

     On July 28 we arrived to Belize City, Belize and exited the boat at 9AM. We hired a driver. We began with a driving tour of Belize City. The city is (and looks) very poor. Our driver pointed out many things on our drive. Then we made a 45 minute drive on a narrow, bumpy road to Altun Ha, a site of Mayan ruins. We arrived before all of the tour busesso we had the ruins all to ourselves. Well, we weren't completely alonebecause as soon as we stepped out of the van we were swarmed by mosquitoes. The ruins were nice and we climbed a little over a hundred feet to the top of one of them. That gave us a fabulous view of all of  the other ruins.

     On our drive back to Belize City we made a stop at the Heritage Center. It was basically a rum factory. We sampled quite a few shots of rum; for quality control of course. Then we finished with a driving tour of the southern part of Belize City.
   We were back on the Carnival Valor before 4PM. After a nice siesta we had a bottle of wine and then played some dominoes. From there we headed to dinner. For the unique starter option I had escargot. There was some great broccoli cheese soup and for the main course I had some

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