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Lodging among the ruins

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It's a novel idea -- building a lodge atop an unexcavated Maya ruin to deter illegal activity. In northwest Belize, a dozen upscale thatch-roof cabanas rest inside a peaceful Maya plaza. Though decried by some archaeologists when it was built, the presence of Chan Chich Lodge has in fact deterred temple looters and drug traffickers (both of whom used to thrive in northern Belize).

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by Joshua Berman
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