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Xunantunich. Ancient Mayan Ruins. Belize.

o_l_g_a_r_i • 4 minutes read • September 22nd, 2015
Ancient Mayan towns can be seen in both Mexico and 


. Below are photos from a tour through a Mayan town in Belize:

Belize is home to some of the larger pyramids. While the highest pyramid is El Castillo in Tulum , Mexico at almost 23 feet (7 meters),  


in Belize, is 131 feet (40 meters) tall. It is also famous for its preserved stucco facade, seen below:

Another benefit of visiting Belize is the smaller number of tourists, allowing for a more relaxed tour and a better view of the pyramids.
While Tulum offers beautiful beaches, there are, short, allotted bathing times. Around the Cozumel island in Mexico, it is easy to get around via taxi. In Belize there is the option to buy a 7-hour tour by ship through Xunantunich. It is located near the town of San Ignacio, near the Mopan river, on the border of Guatemala.
The guides use puns such as 'You better Belize it', and 'It's unBelizeble' when conducting tours. 
The jungles are thicker and more beautiful the closer you get to the Maya mountains and the border of Guatemala. 
Crossing the river.

Near the crossing is a small market:

Iguanas hang from trees by the river:

The central part of the complex houses 6 squares, and 26 palaces and temples. 
Impressive lawns surround the pyramids. Not every building has been excavated, partly due to the high costs and the fact that tree roots are so expansive that there is the risk that the building may collapse during an excavation.  

El Castillo pyramid

 was built in the 5th century A.D. and is 131 feet (40 meters) high. 

The stucco facade:

The facade contains symbols that depict life and death.
Below is the side that depicts life:

And below is death. Note the crosses over the eyes:

You can climb onto every pyramid in Xunantunich, unlike Tulum.
The views from El Castillo are worth the climb:

The view from its peak:

The jungle behind the pyramids:

Howler monkeys make up part of the wildlife:

Another excavated site.

Large mounds in the earth seem to cover parts of the site:

One of the guides.

Lunch in San Ignacio:

Belikin Beer and wine made with cashew nuts:

National flower - the orchid:

Until 1973 the country was called British Honduras.

Some of the houses in the area:

While walking through Belize city has its attractions, guides have mentioned how it is safer in the more rural areas:
Author: O-L-G-A-R-I
Source: o-l-g-a-r-i.livejournal.com
Translated by: Gian Luka

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