Day 2-Magical Mayan Mystery Tour
Cahal Pech ruin-Classic period (Carol Libey)
We are off on our first adventure to the Mayan ruins Xunantunich and Cahal Pech close to the Guatamala border. It was a beautiful trip through the Mayan Mts. on the Hummingbird Highway, We drove through the winding streets of St. Ignatio, a busy town that seemed like one big farmer's market or Chicago's Maxwell Street. We stopped for lunch at a great little local arts and crafts shop with gorgeous wood and woven items. Nothing touristy, just beautiful local goods. We then crossed a river via a hand cranked ferry boat and saw our first iguana sunning on a nearby tree. Drove to Cahal Pech to tour a small pre-classic (1000 B.C. to 800 A.D.)ruin. This site has the second oldest Mayan structure in the world. It is now inhabited by bats and one VERY large spider. Next we drove on to Xunantunich, a much larger ruin with restored stucco friezes. This was a ceremonial center for the Mayans and we all climbed up to the top of El Castillo for the grand view. Our Guide, Pedro, made sure we were steeped in Mayan folklore. Great Day!
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