Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 5: A well deserved break

After finishing the project at Bella Vista, we are going to spend the rest of the day visiting a Mayan village and then enjoying the cool waters of Blue Creek.

Below are a few of Bella Vista's houses that we past on the way out of town.

Prior to leaving BV.. a quick note on it's origin.  Bella Vista is in the Stan Creek District of Belize.  It's an agricultural area with Banana and Citrus plantations.  Prior to the 1990's, workers lived on the plantations.  In the early 1990's an international movement occurred to insure the health of plantations workers.  Workers were at risk due to pesticides being sprayed over them.

So Bella Vista was established.  It's a village of 800 or so families from a variety of cultures and countries.  It is a community of low economic status, hard workers, cute kids, with little or no infrastructure that we are accustomed to in the U.S.

This is a small restaurant

Tommy's 'super store'

Heading out of Bella Vista on the Southern Highway toward the Toledo District.

The Belizean highways have Pedestrian Bumps affectionately known as sleeping police.  If you don't slow to a crawl over these, you can loose your back teeth.

We headed to Lubaantun, a Mayan archeological site

Off the highway ..... wide load

The Mayan ruins at Lubaantun are where the quartz skull was found.  It was a focus point in one of the Indiana Jones movies

One of the courtyards at the ruins

The crew...   1200 years ago they might be watching a game of puk ta puk, today they are watching me

Traditional thatched roof home 

The house of our guide, Gustavo, where his wife Catalina prepard a traditional Mayan lunch for us to enjoy.

The kitchen

The table Gustavo set up for us, filled the interior of his house.

Drew diggin in

Gustavo, one of 12 children who grew up on his fathers farm very close to the ruins is now a science teacher at a local school, a sustainable farmer, and part time tour guide.  Here he shows us all the edible plants on his property.

Here's Tory trying out some Choco

Gustavo has 3 sons, Melvin, Delvin, and Lelvin

Walking toward Blue Creek

look at the bottom left and you can see the students at the front of the cave.. we swam into the cave..  what an adventure.

The gang cooling off

Very cool

4 Construction Management students making their professors proud

Caia gracefully, well falling into the water

Ben was doing back flips off a rope

Sara getting ready to take the plunge

Tory showing his skills..  that's a football thrown by Ben..  the play, halfback pass

Life is good

The path back to the van

Ok... so what a day..  no better way to end it with a view of some heavy equipment

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