We awoke to such dark skies and rain that we considered abandoning our planned trek to the Mayan temple of Xunantunich (Shoo-nahn-too-neech) in the Cayo District of Belize. After procuring some plastic rain ponchos we decided to brave the weather and undertake the bus trip and mile long walk needed to reach the ruins.
The Mayan Gods smiled on our fortitude.
By the time our bus arrived at the hand-cranked ferry that crosses the Mopan River the clouds had parted and the rain had stopped. A gracious couple from Nevada even offered to drive us the final mile to the main site.
We expected to find a mere warm-up for our excursion to Guatemala’s Tikal next week, but we were truly impressed with the grandeur of Xunantunich. This Mayan ceremonial site includes more than twenty-five temples and palaces.
Some of the intricate frieze work is still visible, giving a hint of their original magnificence.
Not surprisingly, death defying limestone stairs lead up the 130 foot El Castillo pyramid.
Offering sweeping views of the jungle below.
Several hours later, we were back on a bus heading toward San Ignacio just as the rain started again.