24.03.2011 - 25.03.2011 26 °C
Easily off the ship again and we found out tour. There were two full tours with My Friend Mario's tours. Our guide was Esbel and the driver was Nestor, with Daniel assisting.
So the coach was nice, which was good as it a fair drive to the ruins. Esbel spoke quite a bit on our over two and a half hour drive. We learned so much about Mayan culture and had an interesting conversation on the Mayan Calendar. We passed through a check point with armed guards and really it seems like no time at all before we were at the Kahunolich Ruins.
"The site covers about 21 acres (85,000 m2), surrounded by dense sub-tropical rainforest, and it contains almost 200 mounds, that remain largely unexcavated. The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with raised platforms and pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas surrounded with palace platforms, all laid out to channel drainage into a system of cisterns and an enormous reservoir to collect rainwater." Wikipedia
Lunch.. hahaha was provided. The bag lunch from the ship turned out to be a terrible cheap drink, peanuts and a small waxy crispy bar and a small ham and plastic cheese on white. Definitely not from the ship.
Dzibanche Ruins were about 1/2 hour away. "Completely surrounded by the lush foliage of the tropical jungle these time worn ruins have a mystical quality that is enhanced by a lack of tourists, who seldom venture this far south. For that reason they are frequented by all manner of tropical wildlife and exotic birds. On any given day, it's not unusual to find yourself alone to wander the maze of paths that lead to the different plazas."
These were our first ruins and we found them amazing. We were allowed to climb them, I understand this is not always the case.
A few people were pretty scary as they tottered up and down the steep stone stairs. Of course we were told a story about a woman on her honeymoon that fell and died.
The trip back provided some nap time and the obligatory sales pitches. We passed on the silver, but picked up a couple of carved candle holders. We also chatted to Esbel about life in general, how to buy a home you put your name in a lottery, wages and education.
Costa Maya itself is just a port built for the cruise lines and it was closing up for the night so we left.
Dinner.... after drinks in the Ocean view with Dave and Barbara (Halifax) So.. the American Couple was not there. They were kind of... well snobish...I don't really miss them. This was the second night of no show.. when we learned they were deserting us because our servers were too slow.
We just about to invite David and Barbara to join our table when a couple from Australia joined us. Jim and Maria were great and we are very happy with the upgrade. We finished up the evening in the theatre to watch Mario D'Andrea and his amazing guitar, he can even make is sound like bagpipes! We watched dancing with the stripes they stayed to close the dance floor down.