Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 10: Mayan Ruins and Night Zoo Tour

We had an amazing fun-filled day. We started out by checking out the Mayan Ruins at Cahal Pech. We were amazed at how the Mayans carved and constructed these impressive structures (that even included drain pipes on the roof). We tried to build our own pyramid, as well (see picture below).

After the ruins we had a nice lunch at a restaurant in San Ignacio. We enjoyed the food and then the students tested their science skills as they figured out how to best balance people of different masses on a teeter totter. It was a really hot day, so we cut our exploration of San Ignacio short and decided to go take a swim in the river.

The highlight of the day was definitely our private tour of the Belize Zoo. Armed with only our flashlights, we set out to explore the activities of Belize's nocturnal animals. We held a 6 foot Boa Constrictor, fed some Tapirs, listened to the Howler Monkeys, and enjoyed the pungent odor of the wild pigs.

In addition to enjoying the sights and sounds of Belize, we've also been brainstorming creative excuses for our absence on Monday. I told the students that I would post the best excuse on the blog so the following excuse was written by (drum roll please): Megan Berry.

"The recent fire in the Miami International Airport has been traced to the work of several young arsonists, believed to be in the 7th and 8th grade. Three have since been detained and sent into custody in Boston, but seven are believed to still be at large."

All the students are healthy and happy and definitely looking forward to our arrival back in Boston (I'll admit, I may be looking forward to that too). We miss you all and see you soon.