Route of the Maya

    Day 1

    DAY 1 - 11/24/05 - Depart U.S./Arrive San Salvador, El Salvador

    Our alarm went off at 4 AM and we were up and had our last minute morning chores done quickly. It was very dark when we left the house at 5 AM with the temperature at 38 (4 C)...

    Day 2

    DAY 2 - 11/25/05 - Tour Joya de Cerén archaeological site/Drive to Copán, Honduras

    We set our alarm for 5:50 so that we would have plenty of time to get packed and explore the neighborhood and the hotel this sunny morning. We enjoyed our breakfast with our guide Judith Bautista....

    Day 3

    DAY 3 - 11/26/05 - Visit Copán ruins/Macaw Mountain

    We began our day at 6:30 and then enjoyed our breakfast with our new friends in the dining room. Our morning program began at 7:30 with an introduction to the ruins of by Dr. David Sedat, a professor from the University...

    Day 4

    DAY 4 - 11/27/05 - Overland to Antigua, Guatemala

    We woke to a cool gray day, but after a very nice breakfast at 7:30, the sun was trying to peek through. The porters picked up our luggage from our room at 8:00. An interesting feature on this trip, we do...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - 11/28/05 - School Visit/Home-hosted Lunch/Jade Factory Visit

    The staff was preparing for breakfast very early this morning so we were awake before the alarm went off! The sun was bright today, and even though it is a little chilly, the weather promised to be warm. After our...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - 11/29/05 - Free Day/Laundry/Post Office/Water Volcano/ True Mayan Market/Macadamia Plantation

    We woke up to another sunny day, a little warmer than the one before. I went to the internet to upload the journal from yesterday as we were to have a late breakfast. It was Jeanne's birthday...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - 11/30/05 - Coffee Plantation/Museums/Transfer to Lake Atitlán

    After another good night's sleep in the cool mountain air, we woke up about 6:30 finished packing and Gennie rushed over to post her University of Phoenix grades before breakfast. There was a huge group from France at our hotel...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - 12/01/05 - Lake Atitlán Boat Tour/Explore Santiago/Visit Local Families in San Antonio Palopo

    Today is our 32nd Anniversary. OAT is very good about celebrating important days and the manager of the hotel, Yolanda, Judith, and Carlos greeted us at breakfast with a cake, candle, and the staff...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - 12/02/05 - Overland to Guatemala City

    This morning we had a simple breakfast, quickly checked our e-mails, and had our luggage ready at 7:30. The day was very clear and the views of the volcano peaks were spectacular! We were on the bus at 8:00 and had...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - 12/03/05 - Fly to Flores/ Explore Yaxha Archaeological Site

    Our hotel was very close to the airport so we heard the early flights leaving this morning. After our brief buffet breakfast at the hotel, we made sure our luggage was packed and we left the hotel at...

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - 12/04/05 - Full-day Exploration of Tikal Ruins/Museum Visit

    To get an early start, we were up before 6, and as we looked out our picture window towards Lake Petén, there were 7 collared aracaris sitting on a tree preening for the new day. We had our buffet...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - 12/05/05 - Transfer to San Ignacio, Belize/Green Iguana Project

    We woke up to the birds singing and the sun shining, another beautiful day on the lake. There was no buffet breakfast this morning, but we did have a nice meal; eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit and coffee. We...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 - 12/06/05 - Visit Caracol Ruins/Afternoon at Five Sisters Lodge

    The skies were overcast this morning but it was very humid! After breakfast, we met our local guide Edward who joined us for our trip to the ruins of Caracol (Spanish for snail). Caracol is named for the...

    Day 14

    DAY 14 - 12/07/05 - Transfer to Belize Airport/Houston/Denver/Home

    Our alarm went off at 4:15 and we got up quickly to take a shower only to find we had no water. I went the office at the restaurant and no one was there. I then tried reception and again, no...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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