Aight. On to the third day of our Belizean adventure.
We had booked an excursion to go back to mainland Belize and visit some ancient Mayan ruins. So we took the water taxi back to Belize City, then took a minivan for about half an hour to this one point on some river. I can't remember the names of anything. Sorry 'bout that...
And that drive in the minivan...whoa. It felt like we were back in China. No regard for lines on roads or space between cars. No regard for the lives inside your vehicle. I had to just close my eyes a lot and pray that we wouldn't die. Riding in these circumstances reminds me a lot of riding on roller-coasters. You're like, "I should be safe and fine. I'm all strapped in." But at the same time, you're like, "I could seriously die on this thing." That's how I feel while riding taxis or shuttles in Belize and in China.
So we got to this river and got on a boat. Ben and me:
Our first stop - a local spider monkey's tree. The guide told us to crinkle our wrappers, and that he would come down and take food from our hands. So we got out anything crinkley we had and mooshed it around. Sure enough, here came our monkey:
I'm not not sure what this bird was, but it was magnificent:
We loved the water lilies:
Oooh, but you have to see this - it's a Mennonite village:
When we got to the site of the ruins, we ate a quick Belizean lunch - chicken thighs, rice and beans, coleslaw, and potato salad. We were already so freakin' hot, but we had no IDEA the hotness that was in store for us.
There was a dude with us from Australia. And he had curly, shaggy hair. So naturally, I told this guy that he reminded me of Michael Hutchence from INXS. And the guy (his name was Ben) immediately said, "May he rest in peace." And I said, "I knew I liked you."
So we had a short little walk to the first pyramid. Our guide was soooo knowledgeable about the Mayan culture (he is of Mayan descent) and of the nature in the area. He showed us these things called Grandpa's Balls (why do I remember all of the sacrilegious/gross names of stuff?) - the gooey stuff inside of them is used locally as glue. The school kids use that stuff instead of Elmer's glue.
What is up with me and thumbs up in every single picture lately? Weird. And dumb.
Pyramid number two was huuuuuugge. There was this rope to help you climb up and down. That's how intense it was. Our tour guide told us that the top of the pyramid is the highest point above sea level in all of northern Belize. I immediately decided I had to climb this thing.
So this is the third pyramid we saw:
So then we had a long boat ride back to the dock, a long car ride into Belize City, and a long water taxi ride to Key Caulker. Ben on the water taxi: