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You don’t see “Mother Nature’s Best kept Secret” being used as a tagline for Belize much these days, which makes sense as more and more people have discovered the many fascinating facets of the Jewel, as locals refer to their country. But there are still more than a few undiscovered or at least off-the-beaten track places in Belize that remain under the radar.
Belize is the only country in Central America with English as the official language. The small country, measuring 180 miles long and 68 miles wide, is a popular vacation destination for tourists whose native language is English. But Belize is good for much more than just lounging in white sand while watching the shimmering teal waves roll in and out while drinks, ordered in English, are replenished. Behind the luxurious resorts and relaxing vacation packages, Belize is an adventure destination.
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I’M LUCKY. I have the best job in the world and it comes with offices scattered all over Belize. Best of all, you get to come along. One of my offices sits 140 feet in the sky at Ox Witz Ha (Place of Three Hills) and was built by some of the oldest construction workers in the world, the ancient Maya. I am on the top of Caana (Sky Palace) in the Maya city now known as Caracol.
The Tibetans say that obstacles in a hard journey are the work of demons, anxious to test the sincerity of the pilgrim and eliminate the fainthearted among them. In his own words, my husband Dan expresses the same sentiment. He frequently reminds me of my lack of follow-through, my tendency to give in at the first set-back, that I am fainthearted. But sometimes I surprise him. I pull things together, get my head around the task, and follow his lead to completion. Joining him in one of Belize’s most impressive caving adventures would not be one of those times.
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Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre) is one of the most popular Maya ceremonial caves in Western Belize and has been featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine. It was named after the sacrificial chamber within the cave where the remains of a young woman were found, the bones of which have been completely covered by calcite from drip water, leaving them with a sparkling appearance. Fourteen burials have been found inside the cave and 1,400 objects including skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware …