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MAYAN STUDIES

Combining a University credit course with our 3 1/2 week January vacation was a GREAT decision. Thanks to the support of our University Administration.

We are hosting ( Falconview Tourist Backpackers Adventure Hostel ), a 3 week credit course for a middle America University this January. Mayan ruins, visit to an underground cave site of XIBALBA with skeletons and pottery are included

The Actun Tunichil Mucknal underground cave trip to the Mayan sacrifical site, a mile under the ground known as XIBALBA, with head lamps is awesome and life changing.

The day trip to two ruins, Xununtanich and Cahel Pech, each covering a 1500 period of history, ( 3000 years total ), followed by the underground expedition to XIBALBA, the next day. The cave site a mile back from the entrance in pitch black, known as Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM expedition. It is rugged! To put yourself in the mind of Mayans 3000 years ago using pine torches is mind boggling, even though we were using hard hats, ropes and head lamps. Then a trip to Caye Caulker and Tina's Backpackers Hostel on the beach along the Great Barrier Reef really made our vacation. We did many more things, but these are the real highlights. Our local Belize history professors were Ray Auxillou and Mrs. Silvia Pinzon Auxillou. They did a schoolbook on the "Early History of Belize" and also Silvia did a Maya page on the website of Florida International University from when she worked there years ago. Both can be found on the internet.

This is a University student group study trip on the History of Belize, supported by local experts Ray Auxillou and Silvia Pinzon. Published authors of Belizean history.

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We stayed at the home of the owners of Falconview Tourist Backpackers Adventure Hostel. They provided suggestions, some logistics and lots of background information. Ray Auxillou has been around Belize since 1959 back in the British Honduras Colonial days and is an acquaintance of all the old timers, through the eighteen years of self government and then INDEPENDENCE to the present day.

Falconview Tourist Backpackers Adventure Hostel

http://folkmusicfl.tripod.com/adventuresinbelize/

Please get in touch with any comments or suggestions for our next vacation, or University student group learning trip.

You can send e-mail to: hillviewhacienda@yahoo.com

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