Run the equator: Deeper into Belize

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Deeper into Belize

Posting this from San Ignacio, Belize

Lamanai bird
Orange Walk and Lamanai
Click on picture to see slide-show.

I wish I could say something interesting about the Lamanai ruins in Belize, but the Internet is so excruciatingly slow in this place that it would take too long to organize my flickr set (the place has air conditioning, however).

So all I'm going to say is that in Orange Walk is really not much to see - besides the garbage lying everywhere and the open sewers, and that the Lamanai ruins are not very impressive, although the trip up and down the river is nice, food is included, the guide was helpful, and if you're lucky you can see crocodiles (we did).

We left the place as soon as we could (the cockroaches in the hotel room didn't help either) and took the local buses westward to San Ignacio, enjoying the "air conditioning" through the open windows and the favorite music of the drivers. This little town is "cool" in all senses and we have plenty of activities lined up ahead of us: caving, horseback riding (only if they allow me to gallop) and hiking.

Now I have to Ctrl-C all this content just in case the connection breaks after I hit the "publish" button...


Not with a bang but a whimper said...

Katie and I really liked Lamanai, but then it was the first ruin we went to as well. After seeing some of your other photos I feel bad for recommending it - it definitely doesn't stand up to some of the other places you guys have gone. Of course, two of my favorite parts of Lamanai were a) the river ride, and b) the fact that it was practically empty when we were there.

Big Fat Rat said...

Lamanai was fine, but indeed, not as impressive after seeing sites like Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Calakmul. The trip howere, was worth it.