03/03/2012

Prince Harry finds love among the ruins

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 Prince Harry tours the OAS (Organisation of American States) Art School in the adjacency zone on the Belize-Guatemalan borderon Saturday. (Reuters)

Prince Harry worked off any lingering effects from his welcoming party in Belize with a hike among the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in Belize.

After an opening night of the seven-day royal tour partying with the locals, the prince returned to nature on Saturday, touring Xunantunich, a city of stone pyramids, palaces and temples that was the centre of the Mayan universe from 300 to 900 AD.

The Prince climbed the highest pyramid, El Castillo, while many of the current locals gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal, some carrying signs saying 'We love you.' There were also some perfomers dressed as deer and Harry wasn't shy about exchanging hugs with them.

He also visited a school run by the Organization of American States (OAS) on Belize's border with Guatemala. Later, there was a trip the military barracks at Ladyville, before he departed for The Bahamas. During the week, he'll also be hitting Jamaica, then he takes off for Brazil.

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Prince Harry hugs a girl amongst some deer dancers as he visits Xunantunich Mayan Temple on in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize. Belize is a Commonwealth realm with a population of around 350,000 and boasts the second longest barrier reef in the world. (Getty Images)

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Right, Prince Harry walks down the stone steps of the     Xunantunich Mayan temple near Benque Viejo. Most of the structures on the Xunantunich site date from 200 AD. (Reuters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prince Harry climbs up the Xunantunich Mayan Temple in Benque Viejo del Carmen. (Getty)

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Prince Harry checks out some of the work of students of the art school at the OAS at the Belize-Guatemalan border of the OAS Adjacency zone. (Getty Images)

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Locals try to catch a glimpse as Prince Harry   visits the Xunantunich Mayan Temple. With much of the country covered in tropical jungle and a diversity of wildlife, Belize relies heavily on tourism. (Getty Images)

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