Day 5: Trip to Downtown San Ignacio and Barton Creek Caves
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I made breakfast burritos with ingredients we bought at the market in Succotz earlier in the week. They were quite tasty.
After breakfast we waited for the bus to San Ignacio. It's the local bus and drives right by the Trek Stop along the Western Highway - $1 BZ per passenger. They use old school buses from the USA. We got off at the main bus stop and headed to Eva's restaurant a few blocks away. We had read that her place offers several tours including Barton Creek Cave. That's a cave with a river running through it that the Mayans used over a thousand years ago for religious rituals, namely human sacrifice. What is great about Belize is that it is one of the few countries where the government allows tourists to explore these historic places up close.
We got to the creek and found the Barton Creek Outpost which is run by a friendly family serving fresh juices and hosting a great rope swing over the river that you can tarzan swing from and jump into the middle of the river.
About a mile into the cave we turned off our lanterns and it was pitch black, just dripping water. So amazing. One minor problem that impacting our journey was that the guide kept touching me inappropriately on the back and neck while in the cave.
After Barton Creek we were dropped off by the guide in San Ignacio. I asked him to drop us off at Lucy's - a taco stand that came highly recommended by our guide book. It was fabulous and everything [tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc] are 3/$1. Thats $1 bz which is just 50cents US. SO CHEAP!!! And delicious.
After lunch we did some sightseeing of the town on foot. There is a small bridge between San Ignacio and Saint Elena that has some interesting history. Since the bridge is only wide enough to accomodate 1 car at a time the rule of thumb was that whichever car got to the middle of the bridge first "won" and the other car had to back up and let the winner proceed. Of course there were fender benders as people rushed to be the winner. And, according to our guidebook, often times neither party would acknowledge the other as the winner and the police had to be called to come out with a ruler and determine who was actually closer to the middle of the bridge.
We purchased a bottle or two of Marie Sharp's hot sauce and then picked up some presents for our friends back home. After that we went to the fresh fruit market and we were again amazed at the prices. 12 oranges for $1bz .10 banana for the same price. HEAVEN. Back in Virginia oranges are $1 each. Each! And here we are getting 10 for 50cents. Can't beat that. Needless to say we suspect we are going to be eating a lot of oranges and banannas while here.
After that we waited for and then took the bus back to Trek Stop, relaxed for a bit, showered, then wandered off to dinner at Benny's again in Succotaz. We relaxed the rest of the evening and tried to feel peace among the 18 teenagers who showed up with a tour group for the night.