Monday, March 23, 2009

Ready to Explore

We had a great guide, Francisco, for our cave exploration.  The Belize government only certifies a limited number of cave guides, and they seem to be very well trained.  The guides are also (appropriately) obsessive about protecting the cave and its relics.  One of the members of our party received a very stern lecture after moving around to take a photo and almost stepping on an artifact.  The guides also enforce the 'pack it in, pack it out' rule.  There are no trash cans anywhere near the cave - whatever you carry in, you carry out.  Perhaps that is why all of the lunch equipment was so durable and clearly reusable, so no one would be tempted to leave it behind.  

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