We are on the third day of this trip to the Cayo district. We have climbed waterfalls, toured Botanical gardens, walked through the rainforest medicinal trail at Chaa Creek, toured the markets, shops and Mennonite farming area in Spanish Lookout. Such a beautiful area, and I’m so happy my son was able to explore this area of Belize. However, my body is say…” Are you really going to try to climb to the top….are you forgetting.you are closer to 60 now and you do have a knee replacement.” Again, the little voice of “What The Hell??”
Having visited this ruin site a couple times, I really wanted him to experience this unique area. It did cross my mind to sit at the bottom and watch him climb, but I tried, I made it and so glad I did!
This is one of the local attractions that is easily done on an independent tour if you want to out on your own. There are numerous tour operators that offer packages to tour the site, however, if you are renting a car, it’s very easy to do the self guided option. If taking a guided tour, another option is tour on horseback through the adjoining property. Hanna Stables offers guided tours of Xunantunich area, as well as small cabanas for overnight stays. http://www.hannastables.com
Just a short distance outside San Ignacio, you will arrive at the river entrance you will cross the small river on a cable drawn ferry, a short half mile drive and you are at entrance gate for parking, then proceed up the hill for the walking tour into the ruins.
The ruins are breathtaking and several degrees of difficulty. Smaller ones can easily be navigated by most people, but there are lots of narrow stairs if you attempt to scale the larger site. You’ll observe many people venture to the peak, others stay back and take photos. It’s worth the work for the priceless view from the top. On a clear day, the views into the Guatemalan jungle are unbelievable.
Recent news reports are stating, and the park ranger explained there were additional tombs uncovered 600 feet underground and are currently being excavated. You are able to view the “work in progress” Here’s a great article with detailed info on the discovery..http://www.newhistorian.com/new-mayan-tomb-discovered-belize-largest-ever/6971/