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The ancient settlements of the Mayan Xunantunich (Xunantunich) and Cahal Pech (Kahal Pech) in Belize.

Once a part of the Legionnaires of our diving club, went home to snow-covered trees, the most persistent continue to explore the Mayan pyramids. Today we are going to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

Xunantunich (Xunantunich).

An ancient settlement of the Maya Xunantunich Xunantunich or, as we call it, is located a few miles from the Western border of Belize.

The name “Xunantunich” means “Stone maiden” and is associated with an ancient legend. It is said that when the city only began in the 600th year, in the jungle mystically appeared the image of “the virgin”, the solution in the walls just laid down the pyramid El Castillo. Since then, the town began to call her name.

Xunantunich was located high on a hill above the river, commanding to the East of it. The result of successful its location, Xunantunich was a city controlling the trade route of the caravans to the Atlantic coast, and also performed the role of ritual and ceremonial center of the Maya …

According to estimates of archaeologists in Xunantunich lived no more than 10 thousand people. 900-year the region was hit hard by the earthquake, and then the people began to leave from these places. Soon the city is quite empty,having stood in this form for centuries. In the early twentieth century there appeared the first archaeological expedition…

To get to Xunantunich go about seven miles on the Western highway from San Ignacio towards Guatemala and around the village of San Jose Succotz move down to the Mopan river. The settlement is located on the other side.

With the car crossing to the other side on a small ferry with manual actuator in one man’s power… the Ferry is free, charge for entrance to the ancient settlements will take later. If memory serves me correctly, about $ 5…

Leave the car in the Parking lot beside the information centre, then go on foot. Except us no other visitors…

Partially restored, the largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet (40 meters) above the main square, it offers fantastic views of the districts of Belize, and Guatemala.

Got – really beautiful. The top deck offers a beautiful view of the jungle and surrounding territories…

In ancient times this pyramid was used for religious and funerary ceremonies…

Xunantunich the archaeological excavations are still ongoing; the Eastern facade of the pyramid is still not cleared from centuries of rainfall. But the Western frieze has survived just fine, with ornaments in stone, symbolizing the God of the Sun and the planet Venus.

The guide showed us the bath, which royalty used to wash their temporal bodies. well – small. Yes, and the method of heating water is heated in the fire stones like a “tourist fun”. But affects the height of the steps on the pyramids. This is what you must have.