Travel Pic Thursday: Xunantunich

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I’m trying out a new feature on my blog called (as you may have guessed) Travel Pic Thursday. Probably no need to explain what this new feature is or when it will happen. This is something I’ve been doing regularly on Twitter and Facebook, and I began to wonder why I’m not sharing these images with my loyal blog readers – although some of you are so loyal, you’re also following me on other social media outlets…or stalking me, I’m not sure which.

This feature isn’t going to be a travel or photo essay. It’s simply going to be a random picture from my journeys with a tidbit of info about the site or location. But just because I’m not going to be rambling on about the place, doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you if you’ve been there or want to go there or have a question about going there, so (as always) feel free to toss a comment into the box below.

So, let’s jump into Travel Pic Thursday with an image and quick tidbit of info from…

The Xunantunich Ruins in Belize…

Climbing up the side of a Mayan ruin is one of those times you shouldn’t let your mind wander (see yesterday’s post “Concentration Not Required“), but once to the top and once your nerves calm, it’s a great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle.

  • El Castillo at the Xunantunich ruins in Belize. So near the Guatemala border, you can see Guatemala from the top.
  • The complex dates from 800 CE. Until the late 1900s El Castillo was the tallest structure in Belize.
  • Number of handrails on the very narrow stairs & ledges that take you to the top: ZERO
el castillo, xunantunich, belize

You can see some teensy tiny people up at the top.

 

el castillo, frieze, xunantunich, belize

One of the stone friezes on El Castillo.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoyed this! See you tomorrow with some sad news I have to share.

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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS.

 

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4 thoughts on “Travel Pic Thursday: Xunantunich

  1. David says:

    I’ve been there. If you are afraid of heights, narrow ledges, and steep, narrow stairs, all with no handrail, it is a bit scary. But it is worth it. The morning I was there, there were two young local women who helped us up. I think they were there to flirt with the soldiers who happened to be there too. It is a great ruin to visit. It’s not the biggest Mayan ruin but still impressive, and not very crowded.

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