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Horseback trip to Xunantunich ruins

December 18, 2012

On Tuesday we went on a horseback trip to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins with Hanna Stables.  We rode with our guide, Dominic, along forest, farm, and riverside trails, including a short hand-cranked ferry ride across the Mopan River.  Bethany and I were lucky enough to have super-responsive horses, but Tanya's and Sierra's were a little more independent-minded.  After a few attempts trying to get us all lined up, Dominic managed to get a photo of us all together:

Bethany, Iain, Tanya, and Sierra on horseback trip to Xunantunich

We reached the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich after a couple of hours and then spent about an hour wandering the site, the most impressive part of which is the Castillo.  In contrast to the ruins we saw at Tikal, there are well-preserved carvings visible at Xunantunich, which are very impressive:

Castillo at Xunantunich Mayan ruins

After another two hours riding back to the stables we were happy to dismount, cool off, and rest our weary bones.