Postcard from Belize: Sunrise at Caracol

Copyright L. Girma

Another one for my list of most memorable moments in Belize: standing at the top of Caracol’s tallest structure in my “pajamas” and watching the sun rise.

From San Ignacio, Caracol is a two-hour, super bumpy but exciting ride through postcard-like scenery – from mountains to river pools and forest reserves. Well, well worth the sore behind.

It’s Belize’s tallest Maya site and one of its most important historically.

You can see Guatemala from there, it’s that close.

You’re probably wondering how on earth I managed to be at a Maya site at sunrise, especially since it’s a protected archeological site and visitors are allowed only during normal business hours.

That story is coming this week…:-)

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. Yaffa 5 September, 2011 at 2:01 PM #

    Beautiful indeed and I’m anxiously awaiting the story.

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 5 September, 2011 at 8:17 PM #

    Thanks Yaffa!! Soon as I have decent Internet I will be posting…:)

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