Before leaving Belize, there was one thing we really wanted to see: the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich. We have visited several ruin sites in both Mexico and Belize, but these ones are extra special because of how you access them.
In this week’s video, see us drive our Jeep onto a hand-cranked ferry to cross the Mopan River. Caspian and Brittany hike to the top of the tallest pyramid at Xunantunich, and Caspian plays tour guide at the ruins. His enthusiasm is contagious, as always!
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After visiting Xunantunich, it was time to cross the border into Guatemala! We had a smooth crossing on a Tuesday morning, starting before 7 a.m. We were able to beat the heat of the day, and everyone seemed fresher and more patient (including us).
We spent our first night outside the Tikal ruins, after stopping to swim in Lago Petén Itzá. Night two took us through Flores to find local SIM cards, then to a natural park called Izpanpajul where we camped. We have been hearing howler monkeys in the trees at night! We’ve also run into coatis and a possum, right by camp.
Day three, we had a longer drive to Río Dulce. We will be in this area for a little while, catching up on work and resting after many long travel days. We will be making our way to Antigua for Semana Santa.
I love Guatemala. The people here are beautiful, cheerful, and helpful. The land is deep green, with soaring hill views that take my breath away. I’m glad we have no timeline for leaving. I want to settle in and enjoy every day.
If you have suggestions for what we should see in Guatemala, then please let us know!