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 is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds 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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