Today we got up early and went to visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich before it got too hot. This will be the last stop on my tour of the Mayan ruins of Central America. (Xunantunich is pronounced Shoon-an-toon-ich)
Xunantunich is a medium-sized site. It has one pyramid in the centre and several smaller pyramids around the edge and one large temple at the far end.
Several of the pyramids are still buried under a thousand years of dirt and plants.
What makes Xunantunich unique is the marvellous carvings on the sides of the temple. Large patches of carvings show faces and designs. The carvings originally covered all four sides of the temple but most of it has fallen down over the centuries, leaving only two large patches at the sides. Still it is wonderful to see. It must have been such a beautiful structure when it was new and painted.
We saw several monkeys in the trees near the temple but they were too far away and also in the shadows so didn’t get a photo. We have seen lots of monkeys on this trip but never got nice photos of them. The Mayan ruins are great places to look for monkeys, birds and other jungle critters.
To get to the ruins we took a taxi to a ferry site and crossed the Mopan river on a hand-cranked ferry. This must be hard work later in the day when it gets hot.
Eleven a.m. and getting very hot so we go back to town.