Next we headed for lunch in Belmopan. Scott and I love to pick a place after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and we hit a winner this time. We weren't sure at first however as it was very hard to find - being down a pedestrian-only local street with very modest eateries. But the Everest Indian Restaurant was a terrific surprise. It's really not more than a shack but the food and service was unusual. Raj, the owner, convinced us to order "the full boat" and when the bill came to $35 US each we didn't complain (although that was a lot of money here in Belize for lunch at such a place). First, he painted our faces with colorful stripes, then we had an assortment of Appetizers followed by our choices of main dishes, which we could all share. Then a big plate of green leaves with a variety of spices like fennel seeds, coconut and honey were arranged (see the photo). Raj bundled each one up and fed us individually. It took a while to chew and swallow them - but it was fun and cleared the palate. Lastly, we had delicious cups of chai.
|Jim has a waterproof camera and several of the shots|
throughout this blog entry are his. This from's Scott's cell
|These artistic cairns were balanced on|
several of the rocks.
|A charming family joined us and we had fun with their|
|Here's the four of us on our trip - Heather, Scott, Renate and Jim|
|Renate and Heather framed by the cave entrance.|
|Jim getting fed!|
|We were painted on the forehead, cheeks and|
chin with colorful stripes.
|Raj with his after dinner "packages"|
The next morning we parted ways after breakfast. Jim and Renate took the car to see Xunantunich (which we visited last year with Sean & Will) and dropped us off "near" Cahal Pech. I say near because we couldn't find the entrance and the road was marginal - so we said we'd ask a fellow nearby so "go ahead". After several requests for directions, we finally found the big parking lot and visitor's center. Here's a case where Google Maps had an old location for the entrance on the other side of the property. Scott sent an email with photos to correct it. We were the only visitors that morning and it was rather magical to explore the grounds and ruins by ourselves. There is also a small but nice museum at the entrance with lots of history and information in English.
More info on our trip in my next post.
|May of the site.|
|The small but perfect "ball court"|
|The site was probably the home for an Elite Maya family|
and although most construction dates to the Classic Period
evidence of continuous occupation has been dated back to
|These roofs were reconstructed but represent|
what archeologists believe existed then.
|The site is a collection of 34 structures.|
|The tallest structure is 25 meters high|
|We walked up and down a lot of steps!|
|The narrow rooms were due to their not developing|
more advance arch technology.
|It was truly a beautiful and peaceful spot but sure would|
have been different when occupied.