Belize has so many Mayan ruins
that today's civilization is never too far away from them.
In this case, just a mile from the main cross-country highway.
The river crossing is at the highway's edge...
and then less than a mile to this.
The "Castillo" (Castle) is the second highest Mayan structure in Belize.
The panorama from up top was impressive.
You have to love the easy access.
Cahal Pech, another ruin, is actually in the city of San Ignacio
and only 1/4 mile off the main highway.
Smaller structures but ...
more of them.
People wonder why the steps are so steep, especially
when the Mayans were only about 4 1/2 feet tall.
It is assumed so you will ascend slowly,
almost on hands and knees in humility and reverence.
We loved the serenity.