Mayan Ruins, how do you say it? Xunantunich

Mayan Ruins, how do you say it? Xunantunich

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Xunantunich was a magical place.  As we wandered though I tried to imagine it in its time, thriving with people living in the era.

It was a long bumpy ride to get there, but as I have mentioned before, the traveling from one place to another is one of my favorite things.  I love staring out the window and taking it all in.  Seeing the local communities wiz by.  After staying in and working with the locals with the library maybe it gives me a higher appreciation for what I am seeing on the road side.  But I loved every minute of our trek to and from.

Once we got there it was a hot hike up the hillside, but our guide took it slow and gave us loads of interesting information along the way.

*Note: if you have a camel back – take it.  You will thank me, I promise : )

Once we got to the largest structure we starting the climb up the stairs and then around to the top.  It is a steep climb and for anyone with a fear of heights, could probably be rather disconcerting.  I on the other hand enjoyed the trip up.  It was nice and windy, which again could cause issue for those with fears, helping with the heat quite a bit.  Once we reached the top there was a magnificent 360 view of Belize and Guatemala.   It felt like climbing to the peak of a mountain rather than a man made structure from a past era.

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One of the most amazing things, from an artists point of view, was the level of detail left in the frieze sculptures.  In Greece, so much of the sculptures have been worn away to have very little dimension.  But these have been protected prior to excavation, leaving them in a much better state.  While much is missing or damaged here too, the art that is left behind is worth the trip alone.

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We were very lucky to visit the site on a day without many people.  I imagine it can get quite busy sometimes.  But as luck would have it our group had what felt like a private tour.

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