We took another day trip to the mainland of Belize to tour a sub-tropical semi-deciduous rain forest on horse and carriage and a tour of Altun ha Maya site which is noted for the discovery of the largest jade head in the world. The Temple of the Sun God is also the logo of Belize’s leading brand of beer, Belikin.
A short drive down the old northern highway, which is being upgraded to asphalt in places, took us to Highway Trails. This resort offers horse back riding, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court, outdoor table tennis, fishing, pedal boats, soccer field, horse shoe court, quarter mile track around the water and a horse drawn buggy ride on a three mile trail to Altun ha. Highway Trails is a very central location close to a lot of Belizean attractions.
Quarter mile track made by the owner that goes around a pond. We went for a walk around the track and saw one crocodile.
Our guide Wilfred getting the team ready
Cashew tree buds nearly ready to bloom. Highway Trails has an abundance of local fruit bearing trees around the site
The horse team and buggy are ready to go!
And they’re off
Philodendron with roots stretching to the forest floor
Along the trail just outside the jungle
First temple at Altun ha
Behind the temple; next to the wall on the right is a stairway that leaders would ascend slowly, sometimes accompanied by smoke to give the onlookers the illusion that the leader had powers to levitate themselves from within the temple. The small wall just right of center depicts how the temples were renovated and added onto over the years.
Altun ha Sun God emple and the logo for the local Belizean beer ‘Belikin’
View from on top of the Sun God temple
We ended our tour sharing lunch with our tour guide Wilfred and his wife, the owners of Highway Trails and their Son. We sat outside and discussed our day travelling through the Jungle and our various encounters. After lunch it was time to head back to Belize City to catch our water taxi back to Caye Caulker.