In a previous post found here, I discussed cruising in the Caribbean. I also mentioned that excursions were my favorite part of cruising. Don’t get me wrong, the unlimited food and folded towel animals were great, but hopping off of the boat and adventuring in a new port every day was definitely the highlight of my time with Norwegian Cruise Line.
When planning this trip, there were a couple of things I knew I had to do – one being to visit Mayan ruins. The histories of the Mayan and Incan people intrigue me to no end; being so interested in their history I had to see what was left of their advanced civilizations. The Altun Ha ruins in Belize, our second stop, were the perfect example of what made the Mayan civilizations so intriguing, with giant stone pyramids & structures, used as temples, tombs, and residences. According to historians, Altun Ha was actively populated for many centuries (900 BC to 1000 AD).
We got a full guided tour of the structures, with our guide pointing out different buildings’ uses and carvings in temples. I thought it was a very educational tour which, as you know, is something I look for in any trip. We got to climb one of the structures – several others were roped off – and got a spectacular view of the ruins from above.
If you do plan to take this excursion, know that the ride there is fairly bumpy. The roads leading to the ruins aren’t in the best shape, but it’s definitely worth it. Take bug spray (I got eaten alive), and check out the crafts that are nearby. It was neat to see what the locals had carved to sell to tourists. Also dress lightly. As you can imagine, Central America is hot and you’ll definitely sweat. I wore denim shorts and wished I had worn a light sundress or linen shorts instead. Sunscreen is a definite must as well.
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