Cough Cough Cave
Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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While recovering we sat on the riverbed, licked the last of BBQ-ed chicken from our fingers (gotta love the Saturday market!) and looked for a dog to feed the bones to. That's how Mario got talking to an elderly rasta called Sebastian. We went back a few times to listen to his stories.
The ATM cave that we diligently booked upon arrival was postponed twice for this reason. Worth the wait though! The bumpy ride didn't do my coughing any good but once we trekked through the jungle and crossed the river thrice, all was well in the world again.
The cave itself was huge, dark and intriguing. We waded and swam through an underground river to reach its depths. As an ancient Mayan sacrificial ground some human remains still remain as well as artefacts, mainly broken pottery. Apparently shamen purposefully breaks the clay pots to release its spirit. Mayans believe that both animate and inanimate things have a spirit. The eerie shadows of the stalactites and stalacmites cast by our headlamps gave us some insight into the weird and wonderful images their potion-blurred eyes must have seen.
A common question by fellow travellers is how this trip compares to Semuc Champey, Guatemala. They're same-same, but different. See blog:
We really liked the feel of this town. San Ignacio is steadily becoming a haven for backpackers. We bumped into Pei Sun (Taiwan), Paul and Flo (Germany) whom we met on the sailing trip, as well as two crazy London birds, Megan and Charli whom we've met before in Isla Holbox and again in Tulum. Who's stalking whom? We also made a few new friends - Meagan & Alex (Canada), Julia and Carla (London) - whom we're bound to run into again and again!