Day 2: Xunantunich and River Tubing in the Cayo District
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Belize is amazingly beautiful. We started our day right with breakfast burritos at the Trek Stop restaurant. It's great that they have dining right on the property and very affordable too.
Today we hiked up to and around the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. The entrance trail to the ruins is literally right down the road [about 1/4 mile] from the Trek Stop. On the highway side of the river we boarded a hand-cranked river ferry which took us to the other side. It's also capable of ferrying cars across the river as well. The ferry is free of charge but it is customary to tip the operator. Once across the river it's a 1 mile hike up the hillside to the ruins. There is a small entrance fee for the ruins ($5 US pp) and its worth every penny.
Lunch was rice and beans again, but this time at Benny's in the little village of San Jose Succotz. That's the closest village to the Trek Stop and the ferry across the river is in the heart of it. Benny's has delicious offerings and I highly recommend it.
After lunch we spent the afternoon tubing down the river, courtesy of some rented inner tubes from the Trek Stop. Tino of the Trek Stop drove us down the road just east of the river ferry and we got into the water. There were several sections of rapids and a 3 foot waterfall at the end - a little spot called Clarissa Falls. I'm a water wimp so the rapids were a bit scary for me. Besides the tubes are not fancy with handles or anything. Very low tech. I scraped my palms and bum on rocks a few times. We saw several dozen orange iguanas. They were males sunning themselves in the trees hoping to attract the ladies. Once we reached the Falls we called Tino from the restaurant on the bank of the river and he came to get us.
Back at the Trek Stop we enjoyed chili and cornbread for dinner at the restaurant on the grounds and then an early bedtime.