Friday, November 21, 1997

Steve, Kate and I caught a bus to visit the ruins at Xunantunich, at the Guatemala border. This was once a satellite city of Tikal. While not very large, the ruins were pretty impressive.

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The Belize River, at San Jose Succotz

To get to the ruins, you cross the river on a hand-cranked ferry, and hike about a mile up the hill.

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I visited so many ruins on my trip that I am unable to identify every structure or it's significance. I can only say that the ruins here at Xunantunich were not only impressive because of their size, but also for the carved friezes on the temples which have been partially restored.

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This is an excellent example.

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Another.

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This is a view of San Ignacio, a few miles away, from the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich.

We had a few brews at Eva's in the evening. Sitting outside the cafe seemed like a good idea at first, but trying to make all the bums and hustlers go away turned out to really subtract from the experience. Steve and Kate retired early and I wound up in a local bar drinking what must have been bootleg rum. $3 per bottle and NASTY! Four of us got hammered on one bottle. Lots of nutty characters that I sure wouldn't want to run into in a dark alley.

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