Alice’s Restaurant

May 19, 2007

Xunantunich III

Filed under: Day to Day Life, Research — aliceaudrey @ 11:58 pm

On first approach 

The main pyramid is worth a post all by itself.  It’s the only one I climbed.  I didn’t realize how bad the sunburn on the back of my legs was until I reached the top then tried to come back down.  Ouch!  That’s why I didn’t climb the rest.

Tingle Toes 
From the top you can see the entire complex.  See the white line at the bottom of the picture?  That’s what I’m standing on.

A pyramid with a view
From the top of the pyramid you can see all the way to Guatemala.  The very highest point of the pyramid was where they would light signal fires to communicate with other communities in the area.  The guide called Xunantunich a city, but only a few hundred people of the thousands associated with it actually lived there.  Those who were not of the royalty or nobility lived in outlying arias.

This facade is actually a plaster cast of the real thing, which is apparently safe from the elements in among the stones. 

After having hobbled down
This was the view after having climbed back down, one painful step at a time.  I thought it was impressive.



  1. Love your pictures!!!

    Comment by Bev — May 20, 2007 @ 7:23 am

  2. What makes it even more impressive is that the people who built it were no more than 4 feet tall. Our guide pointed out a full-blood Mayan guiding another group. You could easily tell because she was so short.

    On the Monkey River tour we stopped at the town of Monkey River for lunch. There was a man selling jewelry who everyone else took for a boy. I noticed he had wrinkles in his forehead. Knowing they keep their complexions longer, I’d bet he was in his 40’s.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — May 20, 2007 @ 9:40 am

  3. Sorry it was a long and painful climb, but I’m so glad you did it. The pictures are awesome.

    Comment by Donna — May 22, 2007 @ 9:29 am

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