Kick Back in Belize

Another popular inland destination: San Ignacio, where the rustic-chic Lodge at Chaa Creek tends to every traveler’s need with savory organic food, healing spa treatments and incredibly knowledgeable guided tours. After checking out the gorgeous “Belizean Blue” butterflies, I encountered the highlight of my trip: Xunantunich (or “Maiden of the Rock”) a wildly impressive Mayan temple from the top of which you can see the border between Honduras and Guatemala. After an exhausting climb—one that involved a lot sweat and bravery on this chica’s part—I stood at the top, felt the energy rush that many say led the ancient Mayans to select the locations for their temples, and thought to myself: Screw the white sands—this is totally worth it.



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