I was a little strung out on heavy decongestant doses the entire trip, so it's great having a recap to read! Here are some more of my photos from the day.
In the Searious boat out on open water from Ambergris Caye to Belize City. I think the crossing took about an hour and a half.
Our guides, Gustavo and Javier manning the boat as we head up the New River. I was impressed at the depth of their knowledge. I guess I expected them to be skilled boat drivers, but they were also great guides!
Mayans show us their catch along the 25 mile ride upriver.
Craig and I posing in front of the Temple of the Jaguar Masks.
Distinctive jaguar mask on the front of the temple.
The High Temple at Lamanai. Lamanai, which means submerged crocodile in Mayan, was occupied as early as the 16th century BC and became a prominent Mayan city from the 4th century BC through the 1st century. Lamanai was occupied up to the 17th century AD. Two Catholic churches were established here by Spanish friars, but the Mayans revolted and drove them out.
Mask Temple on the front.
Only the front side of the High Temple has been excavated. The entire Lamanai site is largely unexcavated due to lack of funds and remains covered by earth and jungle.
Our Mayan guide Ignacio at the front of the boat as we head up the New River to Lamanai.
Our river boat waiting at the dock.
One other thrill from the trip was hearing the howler monkeys at the Lamanai site. When we first approached the jungle, I thought the roaring sound was a fake recording from one of the gift shops. It reminded me of sound effects from a Spielberg movie. Here's a video from YouTube with the distinctive sound. They're harmless, but when you're at the back of the pack leaving the ruins in the jungle, that sound's pretty frightening!