After our glorious three days in Caye Caulker, we headed on to San Ignacio. We opted out of the optional activity of seeing the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) caves since we have seen quite a few caves throughout our time exploring the United States. The ATM caves are famous for Mayan artifacts and intact skeletal remains of human sacrifices that are found deep within the cave. Instead, we moseyed around the area and ate lots of burritos. It was a great representation of JOMO, or “joy of missing out.” We are learning as our travels go along that we need to take time to rest, not feel obligated to say yes to every activity, and savor some alone time. It is great for our budget and for our mental health.
After crossing the Guatemalan border, we had lunch at an eco-hotel deep in the jungle, called Finca Ixobel. There, we saw a macaw, learned about various native fruit trees, and took a short stroll along the grounds.