Definitely an awesome moment!! A new ferry was today inaugurated in San Jose Succotz, #Belize crossing the river to #Xunantunich #Maya Ruin.

After 40 years, a new ferry was inaugurated in San Jose Succotz crossing the river to Xunantunich. It was a combination of culture, tourism and local community. Xunantunich was the first site open to the public in the 1950's. The site's name has been changed numerous times and Dr. Jaime Awe from the Institute of Archeaology, enlightened those that gathered for this landmark occasion. Initially, it was called Mount Moloney in name of Sir Alfred Moloney. Then it was deemed an inappropriate name and called Benque Viejo. As this thriving community was almost named the capital of Cayo. But having a Spanish name was also considered inappropriate. An archaeologist aficionado, Thomas Gann thought it fitting to name it Xunantunich, which ancient Mayas called Clay Mountain. Xunantunich refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of "El Castillo", ascends the stone stairs, and disappears into a stone wall. Launching this ferry is a milestone of progress to protect and enhance tourism. Cultural tourism, as Minister. Heredia noted, is a key factor in development. The Ministry is endeavoring more efforts in Placencia, Cayo and Ambergris Caye. Here in Cayo, there is work on the ATM Caves, Cayo Welcome Center and Cahal Pech. Our Archaeological Parks represent heritage and education. After all the Minister noted, a country that does not honor it's history, is like a man without a soul! 

They have made efforts to preserve the hand crank mechanism that the ferry is renown for. And as 'with every new beginning, there are moments of reflection' and Ms. Diane Haylock, noted. Escandar Bedran Sr. who was the creator of the old ferry. The old ferry will be relocated in San Jose Succotz and not just discarded. It is, after all, an important part of history!

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Photo by C. Myers