You Better Belize It! Day 7 (Xunantunich)
There was one more nearby Maya ruin that we wanted to see, so on Wednesday (April 6th) we braved the bus again and headed to Xunantunich (pronounced shoo-nahn-too-neech). As is common with ancient Maya cities, it is situated high on a hilltop. Oh joy! Another hill to climb. To get to it you have to cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry (there is a man who is employed full-time to operate the free ferry) then walk about a mile uphill. We were lucky again in that there were very few people there that day, so it was quiet and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We saw an amazingly old photograph, climbed to the top of several structures to see the stunning view of the jungle, encountered a few iguanas, finally saw the engravings Bee had been hoping for all week long, found and photographed a cicada in a tree, and saw a family of monkeys. After several hours we walked back down the hill, crossed the river, and walked into the little village to have lunch at Benny’s Kitchen, which had been recommended to us by one of our guides for ATM (it did not disappoint).