Mayan site? yeah right

One of the things we really liked about San Pedro and Ambergris Caye in general is that you can get most places on a bicycle if you’re in relatively good shape and are quasi-coordinated. San Pedro town has paved roads with a lot of golf cart traffic (in high season) but few cars so getting around the small town is easy and pretty comfortable.

North or South of the town the roads are dirt and riddled with potholes and rocks.  We rented a couple of beach cruisers for the day and set off to ride down to the southern tip of the Caye and visit the Mayan site down there.

all the pics in this post are stolen from a Google images search because we didn't take any photos that day.  I couldn't have taken this from-the-air-photo anyway but how cool is it? you can see the "mayan site" (crop of trees)

all the pics in this post are stolen from a Google images search because we didn’t take any photos that day. I couldn’t have taken this from-the-air-photo anyway but how cool is it? you can see the “mayan site” (crop of trees)

It’s about a 4 mile ride and when we arrived at the entrance to the site the little information hut was still closed but a grounds keeper that was nearby pointed us to a path in to the mangroves.

Path to Marco Gonzalez- Maya site- Real Life Recess

We followed the path to a precariously built “boardwalk” (I use the term loosely since it was just a narrow rickety walkway over the mangrove swamp constructed of secondhand/ salvaged bits of boards) that winded through the swamp to the forest.  I expected to get eaten alive by mosquitos but we got lucky on that front and there were surprisingly few bugs this particular morning.  We saw what there was to see of the site- which is not much.  I didn’t think I had unrealistic expectations for the site because we had read online that it was mostly unexcavated and I knew I wasn’t going to see some large temple or anything but I was still sorely disappointed.  We made the trek to look at a few pottery shards on a table and read a couple signs marking supposed structures that we couldn’t differentiate from a literal hole in the ground.

whoop-de-doo, a table of pottery shards

whoop-de-doo, a table of pottery shards

Honestly, there is NOTHING to see here.  So with our heads hanging low we slumped back out of the swamp to retrieve our bikes and be on our way back to town but low and behold- the information hut was now open and the worker was calling us over.  He made us pay the $20BZ per person park entrance fee as we were leaving, I was less than happy to have to pay this as you can imagine.  My advice to others is don’t waste your time or money on this one.   entrance

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Megan Rodden

never met a vacation she didn’t like. Megan is a self-centered, snarky, unambitious derelict… like most of her peers.

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  • You are doing great work improving GA!The only thing I'm missing is the overview on the start page, from the old version. You could log in to your account, and see at a glance, which sites that where gaining in traffic, and which that was noeatlP.se bring that back.

  • I also live on Cottage Grove. When I’m out and about the neighborhood, there is always some sign that is encouraging – a flower budding beside broken bottles or a little tree that has started along the curb just trying to survive. I’m trying to form a non-profit organization called Lots of Hope, Inc. (You are first to know about this!) The goal is to give back to the vacant lots and to the neighborhood what has been taken – purpose and beauty. Thanks, Jeff, for sharing your story. I needed this encouragement today.Nancy Tetzlaff

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