24 February 2016
Belize City, Belize
Cruise ships cannot dock in Belize because of the coral reefs. Instead, they throw anchor and passengers take a ferry from the boat to the mainland. In Belize we did an Altun Ha Mayan site and a River Wallace tour. After getting off the ferry, we did a little shopping before meeting our tour guides. There was two different buses doing this tour. One bus did the river tour first and the other did the Mayan site first. The bus doing the river part filled up first and there wasn't room for our entire group, so we went on the second bus that went to the Mayan site first. The drive to the site was long, but our tour guides, Jenny and Ken, enlightened us with history facts about the country along the way. They also shared with us how the site was found and the site's name in English, Rockstone Pond, which I found very interesting.
Upon arrival, our tour guides told us about the landscape and natural vegetation, along with information on how the site was found. Then, we moved farther into the site.
The first ruins they showed us was the Temple of the Green Tomb, followed by the Temple of the Water God. Finally, they showed us the Temple of the Sun God. This was the only one we were able to climb on and it was huge, the pictures honestly don't do it justice. It's also a good time to mention that this particular day it was very, very hot. Regardless, my family and I climbed to the top of this temple (stairs on the side) to take some photos. It was even hotter on top of the temple, but so worth it.
After climbing back down, there was two young boys holding crocodiles and they allowed us to hold them and take pictures. We also got to look in a few shops that were outside the shop before leaving. Then, we went to The Orchid Hotel for lunch where they served burgers and fries. Following lunch, we were driven to River Wallace part of the excursion. While on this part we got to see a variety of species including crocodiles, lizards, and bats. Since it was so hot, we didn't get to see any monkeys. Near the end of the tour, we did get to see a few manatees, which was very cool. We returned back to the port with about an hour to spare for shopping, then we took the tender back to the ship.