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 has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, The Guardian, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. She is the author of MOON BELIZE, and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides. Lily is also currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (release Fall 2016). Lily is also AFAR's Jamaica Expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, she's lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire–and Europe, 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.

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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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