Published: May 19th 2012May 18th 2012
So our last day on Caye Caulker was spent eating and sleeping. Thursday we checked out of the hotel and wheeled our bags down the dirt street back to the boat dock. We could have used a taxi which was a golf cart but it was just as easy to walk. We took the next boat leaving the island for Belize City. In Belize City we took a cab to the local bus station and got on the next chicken bus to Orange Walk. No there weren't any chickens on the bus but there could have been. Two and a half hours later after picking up and dropping people off every couple of miles we finally made it to Orange Walk. We had a map with the bus station shown on it but the bus dropped us off in a new place labeled temporary bus stop so we had to drag our suitcases for a bit until we could figure out where we were. Orange Walk is a small town without many side walks so you always feel like you are being run down by cars.
We found our hotel, Hotel De La Fuente, then went for lunch at Paniscea.
This was a small restaurant serving American like food owned by a Canadian. We both had burgers and they were good. Next we explored the town and found a Chinese restaurant that was recomended by some people on the snorkeling tour. We went back later for dinner. It was awful they pretty much didn't have any Chinese food and what we did get was bland.
Today we got up and got ready for our last tour Lamani. We ate at a local restaurant two doors down from the hotel and then got back to the hotel lobby to wait for our guide. The guide was late but we were finally on our way. We walked a short distance to the river entrance and took a boat to another dock. We loaded up the food on the boat and waited for the rest of the tour group to arrive from San Pedro. Once they arrived the boat was packed full of people. We took the boat a short distance to where some monkeys were. We were given melon to feed the monkey that got on our boat, it was a spider monkey. We then road in the boat for about
an hour to get to Lamani. Once there we had a buffet lunch. We then toured the ruins and our guide had to explain the ruins to the whole group of about 25 people which was a bit hard since everyone was wondering around. We got to the highest temple and climbed to the top. At the top it started pouring rain. Our rain jackets were at the bottom in our packs, go figure. We got soaked. We put our jackets on at the bottom and followed our guide to the last temple all the while it was raining. Back at the boat we drove back. This was a fun last day in Belize and we are ready to get home and see the dog.
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