We parked Stray Catz in a marina just outside Belize City to do a little traveling inland. The first day we made it to the Belize Zoo. The zoo specializes in local wildlife in their natural habitats. Many of the animals are rescued pets or for whatever reason will not survive on their own in the wild. This makes for some up close and personal experiences.
There were many others and this made a very enjoyable afternoon trip.
The next day we took off on a two and a half hour crowded bus trip to go see a Mayan ruin.
This is what we saw when we got there
Fortunately (?) we met Adolfo who hooked us up with a driver to take us to La Mirador. A Mayan Cave believed to be used for reaching the afterlife. This turned into an adventure in itself, because the road out there was four wheel drive quality and we were in a Toyota Corolla.
Inside the caves there was pottery that had not been moved since it was left there hundreds maybe a thousand years ago.
It was about a mile hike down and then up a slippery muddy hillside to reach the cave, but well worth the effort.
On the way out it got real interesting when shortly after leaving the driver got real excited claiming no brakes. This was in addition to the fact that the car kept dying and having to be restarted. With no seatbelts in the back seat, Kylan and I were scared. The 7 1/2 miles to pavement and the additional 10 miles to San Ignacio were memorable, but we made it without incident.
The next day we went back to Xunantunich to find it open and got an amazing tour from Adolfo. He is of Mayan decent and cares and knows much about the culture, the history and the area.
First we have to take a hand cranked ferry across the river.
Then about a mile walk into the site on which we saw iguannas, spider and howler monkeys, toucans and hundreds of butterflies. Adolfo also taught us about the many plants and trees along the way.
Inside the ruin site we enjoyed the many facets of the Mayan culture.
Once on top Kylan was able to put his finger on Guatemala.
When we finished with the tour we jumped back on the bus for another crowded ride back to Stray Catz.
Today we are heading out to the Atolls off the coast.