Before leaving San Ignacio Manface and I visited the Myan Ruins at Xunantunich. It was on the day we were leaving and I was umming and ahing about going as we had a long journey ahead of us that day – but in the end we decided to just do it.
To save on time, we paid a taxi driver named Antonio $40 (US) to drive us from town about half an hour out to Xunantunich, cross on the hand-winched ferry and to wait a couple of hours for us before driving us back to San Ignacio.
If we had more time, I think it would have been quite simple to catch a bus from town for $1.50 (Belizian $) which would drop you off at the river crossing, and then to walk a couple of kilometres to the actual ruins.
Either way, I’m so glad we went. From the top of Xunantatich you can see the Guatemalan border which makes for some wonderful views. The information centre and actual ruins are extremely impressive and give you a good sense of what perhaps life was like for the Myans thousands of years ago.
One thing that I couldn’t get over was how big the steps to the ruins were. When you took the size of the young girl that we saw at the ATM caves (aprox) 4 ft – the enormity of these Myan structures becomes clear.
Well worth the visit.