This visit had been a long time coming, and even the thick heat that enveloped me as I got off the bus in San Ignacio didn’t faze me. I was back on familiar ground, and ready to enjoy being in the hills.

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize-15Clearly, all this time on the sandbar known as Ambergris Caye had made me forget exactly what kind of hills Cayo has! I nabbed a cab and my first foray UP to Cahal Pech Resort began.

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize-9I was a bit early, but since my room was ready, I got the grand tour on the way to my cabin:the Lamanai casita. On the way down the cobblestoned path, I couldn’t help but marvel at the town that lay before me. As far as the eye could see, houses, then large tracts of land and mountains in the distance. Villages and creeks and rivers lay beyond, and boy did I have a prime viewing spot!

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize-3My casita was adorable: private bath, two beds to choose from, and even the promise of Air Conditioning should the heat become too oppressive. Out on the porch was one of my favorite things: a hammock! You know I immediately clambered onto it once I’d dropped my luggage inside. For a few moments, I just lay contentedly, indulging in a few moments of just ‘being’.

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If it was a busy day downtown, I could hardly hear a sound. Thrilled with my escape, it was time to put my vacation plan into action: to the pool! Oh yes, I definitely chose my resort wisely, and a friend had even mentioned to me that Cahal Pech boasted the best pool in town!

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize Pool-1I cooled down almost immediately in its fresh waters, a kooky sculptured bird/pterodactyl keeping an eye on me as I sipped a requisite Belikin to really get in the zone!

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize-6The resort was in slow-mode while I was there, but the care and attention they provided was wonderful. I enjoyed a delicious meal of rice and beans despite the late hour, and at the bar, the beers were icy cold and refreshing. In the mornings, even though I skipped breakfast, coffee was always at the ready to brace myself for the day’s adventures.

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Perhaps one of the coolest things about Cahal Pech was its proximity to the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site. Just a short 5-minute stroll downhill from the resort, and you are at the entrance of the site.

Cahal Pech Resort Cayo Belize Ruin-1Our ancestors certainly chose scenic spots for their settlements!


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About the Author: Mary Gonzalez

Mary Gonzalez writes under the pseudonym 'Tia Chocolate'. Tia Chocolate enjoys writing short stories that focus on her life growing up in the small Maya village of San Antonio, Cayo District, Belize.
Tia loves (and we mean LOVE) eating and writing about her food experiences, often times trying out new recipes to try and recreate the foods of her memories. She also loves to travel, indulging in the culture wherever she is privy to visit.
She is slave to a giant cat named Kitty Boo Boo, and her cooking exploits are enjoyed by her significant other, Pookie.

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