Monday, March 28, 2016

3-28-2016 Altun Ha and then Caye Caulker

The plan was to get up early, eat breakfast, pack, and move on. The plan was to drive to a big mayan ruin called Altun Ha.  This is the link to the Wikipedia entry for Altun Ha.  It turned out that the trip only took 30 minutes because the road was a lot better than last time.  and hike all of that and then head to an Caye Caulker which is an island where we would stay for the next 4 days.

Of course you start at an interpretive center.  They had a lot of good info.  The Jade head was found at Altun Ha and is very important to the Belizean people.  It is on some of their money.

This is the climb to the top of the first ruin.  Each step is much taller than a modern step.

The top affords a great view of the courtyard
Here is an interactive 360
Top of main Temple Ruin at Altun Ha in Belize - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

From inner courtyard of Altun Ha - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

They are actively working on restoring the ruin and they had excavated a new one sometime in the last year

Checking out a ruin is a lot like a hiking trip in hilly country with good scenery. 

It really makes you wonder what things would have looked like back in the day

This is a face

They lined an area in clay and created a pond to get water from.  It talked about this in the interpretive center.

Zac is 15 and tried not to act enthusiastic, but he admitted it was cool!

Zac and Zora got forced into taking a picture together

Cara was working on a good Facebook picture
After we landed we checked into the hotel and checked out the town

The sunset was very nice

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