Our first full day in San Ignacio is officially in the books. Today we spent a very hot morning at the Mayan site of Xunantunich followed by some cave tubing at Jaguar Paw. Both of these stops were meant to showcase two of Belize's top income by tourism attractions. Tonight, the students are required to post to their journals a reflection of how the use of GIS would assist and enhance the tourism of Belize through these two specific attractions.
While at Xunantunich, the students were collecting GPS points of several of the ruins, and also recording relevant qualitative information about the village, Mayan culture (rituals, games, etc.) as well as the overall layout of the community and features of the physical environmental. A brief sketch of the surroundings and the layout of the village was collected in data notebooks, all to be collected together as layers of information in GIS later this week. I must point out, that we still didn't see any monkeys, and my feeling that Tim Photoshopped them into his promotional pictures is growing stronger.
Tomorrow, we head to the Mayan site of Cahal Pech in the morning to do similar data collection. Then in the afternoon we will meet with the Cornerstone Foundation to begin collecting and creating a healthcare map of downtown San Ignacio for their clients.
Moving right along.