Alice’s Restaurant

May 17, 2007

Xunantunich I

Filed under: Day to Day Life, Research — aliceaudrey @ 12:36 am

 A Good view of the complex

Back to Belize.  As long as we were in the neighborhood, we dropped by a Mayan ruin.  This one is called Xunantunich.  The owner of Banana Bank Lodge told us to pronounce it like Shoe-not-to-itch.  Last time I posted a bunch of pictures caused all kinds of loading problems for people, so I’m going to break it up into parts.

To get there you have to take the ferry.  This is not your large, multi-vehicle carrier you might find up around Seattle.  This is a little hand-cranked job.

Crossing the river 
The first actual ruin you see after leaving the parking lot is a little trading center built into the hill.  The complex is on the other side.

 The Market
We were told everything was quarried limestone originally, including a completely covered over courtyard which looked like a lovely park by the time we got there. Then everything was painted white.  This fits much more closely my original impression of Mayan Pyramids.  We can only surmise that people have removed much of the original limestone over the years to be used in other construction projects.


  1. Wonderful pictures Alice! The colors are fantastic. I can just imagine the feeling of being surrounded by so much beauty.
    It’s a pity that these ruins have not been
    better protected by the government to preserve them and prevent people from walking away with them one stone at a time. Tks for sharing these pictures, looking forward to the next batch.

    Comment by Anastasia — May 18, 2007 @ 3:35 am

  2. As always, thanks for sharing. I just keep trying to imagine what it all must have looked like way back when.

    Comment by Donna — May 18, 2007 @ 8:21 am

  3. Didn’t that happen to the Great Pyramids, too? The limestone facing all got ‘borrowed’ for other buildings through the centuries.

    Great pictures, as always!

    Comment by TessaD — May 18, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  4. I’ve heard some of the Great Pyramids did suffer a little “reconstruction.” It reminds me of a house in Utah which I watched melt away brick by brick over the course of a couple of years.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — May 18, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  5. I love the pictures of the ruins. Very vivid and lush! I really want to visit there someday.


    Comment by Laurie — May 18, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

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