The Stone lady ruins (Xunantunich) in Belize

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During our four days in Belize we visited the Xunantunich ruins. It’s a short bus ride from San Ignacio, close to the Guatemalan border. From San Ignacio you can also reach the famous Caracol ruins, but we didn’t want to pay (couldn’t afford) the 110USD tour, so we did a short trip to Xunantuich.

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We were excited to visit the ruins, because we read about the free ferry over the river to get to the ruins…the ferry turned out to be a floating platform that transports people for a full five meters to the other side. We could have swum across!

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Xunantunich means ‘Stone lady’ – apparently the ruins are haunted by a ghost lady dressed in white, with fiery eyes. She usually appears in front of the largest temple, El Castillo, ascends the steps and then disappears into a wall. No, sadly we did not witness the appearance of the stone lady.

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Our friend Ana pretending to be the Stone lady:

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There were beautiful trees and plants on the site:

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I find it amusing that El Castillo, the Mayan structure pictured above and below, is the second highest structure in Belize. The highest structure is also a ruin that’s part of the Caracol ruins. Yes, the ruins of the structures that the Mayans built hundreds of years ago, are still higher than any other structure in Belize.

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We saw a crowd of people on top of the Castillo, and that was where we headed:

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The climb up was steep and scary, but I told myself, if this old man was up there, I can also make it to the top!

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A strong wind was blowing when we joined our friends at the top. I hid between these walls…

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…and took pictures of the crazy people sitting on the ledge:

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I forced myself to let go of the wall to take this picture with Dirk:

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The archaeological site is surrounded by green hills as far as the eye can see!

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This beautiful carving is at the one side of El Castillo – it didn’t feel this high when we were up there!

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