Amazing Ride to Xunantunich Ruins
The Craver family –David, Judy, Elli , Anne and Ben, all expert Western riders, along with their guide, Aaron, left duPlooys and headed for Xunantunich archaeological site, a real horseback riding adventure. This is their story as told to Maysin Smith:
Leaving duPlooy’s mounted on Kumanchi, Red Fox, Blaze, Salsa, Ginger, Hidalgo and Pinto, we rode toward this magnificent ancient art masterpiece.
Horseback Riding Adventure
Riding through the forest, we saw lizards basking in the sun, heard birds chirping and passed a curious grey fox wondering who these folks were, trespassing his boundary.
A slight nudge and Kumanchi was off like lightning, followed by the other horses and our amazing Horseback Riding Adventure was underway.
Soon we arrived at the Mopan River which we crossed on a hand-cranked ferry and rode another mile to reach the site.
I’m not afraid of heights so I climbed to the top of the highest temple and……….WOW! From the peak, there was a beautiful bird’s-eye view of Belize and Guatemala, a cooling breeze and quiet spots for meditation.
After a quiet and wondrous time exploring the site, we rode over to a nearby local restaurant, Benny’s, for some lunch. We all ordered rice and beans Belize’s famous favorite which came with a choice of fish, chicken, beef or pork, fried plantain and a small salad. This local dish was yummy and finger lickin’ good We heard that Pibil, (pulled pork cooked in a pit), served with fresh corn tortillas is really good too, but they only serve it on Sundays.
We all enjoyed Aaron and thanks to duPlooys for today’s wonderful horseback riding adventure and for making it one of the best days of our stay in Belize.
Just say “Shoo-nan-tu-nich”