Sunday, June 1, 2014

Belize Mayan Ruins

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

More on our Belize vacation

Thanks to Bryan at our  Sleeping Giant Belize on our second day in Belize hubby and I took a tour to the Mayan Ruins.. The tour was with  Caves Branch  to the Mayan Ruins called Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. 


Above are some shots of the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. At 130 feet high these ruins are the second tallest in Belize and located above the Mopan River . The name Xunantunich means stone woman. This site served as a civic ceremonial center. At the time 200,000 people lived in Belize.


Another view of the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins



A closeup of  the top of  the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.


A Spider Monkey was seen hanging in one of the trees at the ruins.


The Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins sits above the banks of the Macal River and is located near the town of San Ignacio.  The meaning of the name  Cahal Pech is the Place of the Ticks. It was a hilltop home of an elite Mayan family.  Also included with the ruins photos are the Iguana,  Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher lifer and a Golden-fronted Woodpecker lifer.


To reach the Mayan ruins our tour took us on this ferry ride across the river.



The ferry ride gave me ample time to snap off a few pic's of this Green Kingfisher..

Some critters from around the ruins..the Spider Monkey, a Brown Jay lifer, Green Kingfisher, Swallows, ferry ride. Our tour guide also made a stop at a local restaurant in town for lunch..I had a yummy burrito.




In the far left are some local crafts tents set up for shopping located near the ferry to cross the river. It was a nice tour and we had a great guide and driver.. I would highly recommend Caves Branch Adventure Co for a tour in Belize. 


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69 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

The ruins are fascinating. I would love to visit one day.

TexWisGirl said...

such neat ruins! i bet those horses are very used to the ferry. :)

Debbie said...

ooohhhh Eileen, such an amazing trip, really....I have so enjoyed the images!! Neat furry ride, very cool and a lil scary!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stunning photos - love the new birds - what spectacular views. I'm glad you made this trip - what excitement to see the ruins.

Irma said...

Eileen beautiful collages.
What a beautiful setting there, I see that you had a memorable time there.
Greetings Irma

Stephanie said...

I would have liked to see those ruins, the spider monkey is cute. Looks like you had a great time away. Fabulous images!

Beth said...

Awesome pictures!

Brian King said...

What a cool place! I've always heard a lot about the ruins. It would be awesome to visit! I've heard a lot about spider monkeys, too. LOL

Mersad said...

These are incredible captures. Wow, what a place to see and explore. I would love to be able to visit myself and take my camera with me.

Christina Andromeda said...

Thank you Eileen!!!!!!!

Carole DeAngeli said...

What a fabulous trip! So many cool sights and new experiences. Thanks for sharing.

Our photos said...

Very nice trip You have made !

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful time in Belize, the pictures are the best, but I love the monkey, fabulous.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Such an amazing trip you had!!I would love to visit one day the ruins!I have read about them!Wonderful pictures!Have a happy June and a great Summer!Hugs!
Dimi...

George said...

It must have been a fascinating experience to visit ruins this old. I'm glad you had a good tour guide. Your photos are wonderful.

Linda W. said...

Oh how amazing to see those ancient Mayan ruins! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Montanagirl said...

Nice series of photos, Eileen. So neat to see the ruins! Love that Kingfisher!

Lynne said...

I too would enjoy visiting the Mayan Ruins . . . Amazing what was accomplished years ago and with NON of the tools/supplies we have at our fingertips today.
Wonderful pictures Eileen . . .

Maria said...

What a fascinating place, I'm sure it was a learning experience.

A Quiet Corner said...

This was spectacular to just be there, Eileen!!! ...:)JP

The happy wanderer. said...

A really interesting post, Eileen. Congratulations on the lifers, and for sharing a bit about Belize which is not a country we hear anything about in Australia.

Custom Comforts said...

Looks like you're having a grand adventure. Ruins are so fascinating and interesting. My daughter is in Peru right now and had a wonderful time exploring the Inca ruins.
Great photos.
Cindy

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I'm amazed at the different birds and bees I haven't seen! We were at an interment Sat. and missed your linky!

Linda said...

Very exotic! Fun to see these pictures, thanks!

pattisjarrett said...

You got some great shots! The Mayan ruins are just amazing. Nice fences in previous post, and sights from the tower.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

I love that shot of the monkey. It looks like a great place to visit. One day soon ... I hope.

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Eileen
This is a trip down memory lane as I was in Belize in 1991 it is great because your photos are helpful in refreshing my dimming memories, I do remember the people being wonderfuland the ruins being amazing. The Ferry ride over doesn't look to have changed much in 20+ years !
Wren x

Reader Wil said...

Hi Eileen! How fascinating to see those remnants of an ancient culture. What did happen here and how did people live? All questions which arise in my mind when I see these almost alien images. Very interesting! Thank you.
Wil

Alexa T said...

Such magnificent place... how I really enjoyed "to travel through your lens" to this historical (mayan ruins) tour in this morning... Do you know? documenting on history is one of my favourite activities when I'm travelling :) lovely and amazing with all those critters, too!! Have a great week ahead!

Roan said...

I love seeing the ruins. Beautiful scenes.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This looks so awesome! I have always dreamed of visiting the Mayan Ruins. It would feel so incredible to go up those steps. And I love the spider monkey picture :)

Icy BC said...

The ruin is fascinating to see, and the information is interesting. Just think so much hard work and labor back then to build such a majestic site.

Beautiful photos, Eileen!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


Such a terrific place to tote a camera.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

How exciting! Belize is the only Central American country I have not visited. Almost got there when it was British Honduras but the itinerary of my Tropical Medicine study tour had to be changed when our airplane lost an engine and we put down in Nicaragua, which was not a planned stop.

Phil Slade said...

How fabulous Eileen. I love your shots mixing the Mayan ruins with the birds and animals which live there - The animals survived, the Mayans didn't. Have a great week ahead.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Thanks for the tour...amazing to think of being there! :)

Marie said...

Oh Eileen! How jealous I am!!!! :-) Would love to go there someday. LOVE your amazing photos of the ruins, but also of the monkey and the different exotic birds. That brown jay is interesting. Fantastic post! I know you had an unforgettable time.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

What gorgeous photos .. Fantastic place ... Regards..

Irene said...

Wow, amazing trip! The ruins are so fascinating. Really like the collages :)

Irene

Gail Dixon said...

What an amazing trip you had. The ancient ruins and wildlife are all fantastic. Love your shots!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What a wonderfully exciting visit!! Great shot of the Kingfisher and loving the iguana!!
AND - the ferry!! Most kids today have no idea what a real ferry is like!! We have lots of roads around here that you would have to cross the river using a ferry: Power's Ferry Rd., Johnson Ferry Rd., Sope Creak Ferry Rd., and the list goes on!!

Fun60 said...

Those ruins are incredible and such wonderful wildlife.What a great trip.

Sylvia K said...

Such a fantastic trip and such a beautiful place! Your captures are superb as always, Eileen!! After I retired, I lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a year and got to travel to some wonderful, ancient places! Your photos brought back lots of great memories!! Thanks, as always for sharing! Have a great week!!

Carole M. said...

an amazing place to visit Eileen; I really enjoyed seeing your photos

carol l mckenna said...

Oh how fortunate to visit the Mayan place and get such fantastic photography ~ Beautiful xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Christian Weiß said...

A really wonderful place and a capture more to think about a journey to Belize; just wonderful.

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting place and so good to see so many new birds.

islandwonder said...

Great shots! The spider monkey is so cute.

Photo Cache said...

what a fun tour this way. a lot of things to see and enjoy.

Carver said...

What a fascinating place. Great shots.

Pat said...

Fantastic shots of the ruins. I've always found the Mayan civilization fascinating.

Karen said...

Lovely photos of such an interesting place. That burrito would go down nicely at the moment.

Kalantikan said...

The Mayan Ruins in whatever country they're in has always been a dream, however it is very costly for us. I am so envious, so thanks for the tour and the wonderful pics. I can see you enjoyed it, of course maybe because there are always interesting birds!

Kusum Sanu said...

So beautiful! Lovely photography. Would like to visit some day!

photo by manka said...

Beautiful photos and excellent written words aboute the place

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We went to those ruins. Doesn't it just stop your heart for a minute (and I don't mean literally, although all those steps ....) . But it just gives me the shivers the idea of that whole civilization and the way each generation (or King or whatever) built their part over the top of the last one... and then what happened to them ... and why? Thanks for te lovely memories and the great pictures.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful place with so much to see.

ladyfi said...

Those ruins are fascinating!

betchai said...

you have beautiful shots of one fascinating historical place, and love the green kingfisher.

Birgitta said...

What an amazing trip you had! Wonderful photos!

diane b said...

Looks like you are having great tours in Belize. great shots of the monkey and the kingfisher.

Gary Phillips said...

Great tour!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

colleen said...

Thanks for the look. Beautiful shots. I hope to go there someday.

molly said...

This looks like a truly amazing trip. Love the little ferry across the river

mollyxxx

Helma said...


Ohhhhhhhh ........ have you been to the Mayan ruins!!! How wonderful!
I always kijm on NGC to this archaeological find cities and this also amteloos interesting. great that you were Eileen! here!

And I did not know there was a green kingfisher. What is beautiful and what great to be able to shoot it :-) Thank you for sharing. All this beauty

Betty Manousos said...

such a wonderful experience, eileen.
so neat to see the ruins!

xoxo

orchid Miyako said...

OMG!!! What a GORGEOUS trip and pictures, Eileen♡♡♡
Ruins and animals, all fascinating; I love the way Spider Monkey (never seen monkey that kind) looking at you cautiously p;)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

i am pam said...

beautiful shots. I would love to see that green kingfisher in person ...of course along with the ruins. thanks for sharing with us.

Ela said...

Wonderful place and amazing photos !