With some regrets we left Hotelito Perdido and caught the lancha to Livingstone. We’d booked ourselves onto a ferry the day before (as our hike ended in Livingstone) but we still had a while to wait around before the ferry arrived. The ferry was quite exciting. We were in the front row of seats and the weather was quite unsettled. We could hear thunder and see lightening in the distance. The sea was rough and the ferry was leaping across the waves, landing with a massive thump. Cushions? Who needs Cushions? This ferry was a boat with room for a dozen or so people. We were sore for days or, in Ashley’s case, weeks. I thought all the luggage was going to bounce overboard. It was… exciting.
We arrived in Punta Gorda in the middle of a serious rainstorm. We were soaked to the skin within a block but found refuge in a friendly hotel – Grace’s Hotel and Restaurant. Our room was around the back and, whilst not luxurious it was adequate, quiet and secure.
Punta Gorda is a small town and there is not a lot to do there. A couple of bars and we ended up eating in the hotel both nights. Excellent home cooking.
The main reason we stayed there was to visit Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit. Lubaantun is famous for the finding of the crystal skull, serendipitously on her seventeenth birthday, by the daughter of the archaeologist from the British Museum. In her lifetime she would not allow it to be examined but, after her death it was found, by the Smithsonian institute, to bear marks of high speed machine carving. Almost certainly a fake but a damned good story lies behind it. It is a lovely, tranquil place to spend a few hours.
Public transport between Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit is a bit difficult to work out but a local family helped us get on the right bus, and shared their lunch with us.
Nim Li Punit is thought to have been a largely ceremonial site and it has some amazing stellae, most of which reside in its museum. Again, we had the place pretty much to ourselves and were able to wander around undisturbed by other tourists. It seems that we didn’t get a great many good photographs of either of those sites but one of the things that interests me about the photos we do have are the trees. So different from anything we are used to seeing in the Old World.
and a lovely ball court from Nimli Puit. We do like ball courts. There are several on this site.