We were to go for a cruise along the New River followed by a visit to Lamanai, which is (I think), the largest Mayan city in the area. So after an hour and a bit, we got to the New River, had a brief comfort stop, and then were loaded onto our boats.
|This cactus wraps itself around the branches and feeds off the tree. In return it protects it. Neat eh?|
|Looking backwards from our "cruise" boat|
We reached Lamanai an hour or so later, and were taken on a walk around a few of the Mayan buildings excavated so far. I have to say they were really quite awesome.
|The Jaguar Temple|
|This is a jaguar mask on the side of the temple (so we are told).|
At 2.40 there was a load of flapping noises and then a loud BANG. Yep! We'd got a flat. It was on the back of the bus where there are six wheels - so the decision was taken that we would continue the journey and a rescue bus would be sent to meet us further along the road. As we drove off, the burst tire flapped and banged against the bus, causing the already uneven ride to become even more so. As bumped along, our teeth rattling at the back, the air conditioning then decided it couldn't be bothered anymore and gave up completely.
Not the most comfortable of journeys then, but the rescue bus did meet us about 40 minutes further along. Even thought the air conditioning in that one wasn't much better, but it was still better. We were all grateful for that little bit of coolness.
I have to say, we were shattered by the end of the day and in bed early. Tomorrow we'll arrive at Costa Maya, Mexico. There are loads more Mayan ruins to see here, but we've been told by Shorex that she won't need us tomorrow, so we are going to have another go at finding a beach and going for a swim. Maybe we'll get there this time.