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Here is a snippet from our time in Guatemala and Belize, including the great Mayan capital Tikal and our very own castaway island shack. Please copy and paste this link into your browser - http://vimeo.com/75147865 Enjoy!... read more


In true Australian form, Tian and I both agreed that it would be completely respectable to start drinking at 5pm the night before our 4am tour to the Tikal Ruins. Seven hours later, a few games of giant jenga and by the looks of the photos on Tians phone - a period of time spent rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter, we decided that it was finally time for bed. The following morning we were squished into the back of a shuttle and I had just fallen back asleep to the rising sun when I heard Tian go “I think I am going to vomit”. In my sleepy haze it took me a little while to realize what she was saying - until I looked over and saw her cupping her mouth. I ... read more
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21st July - 3rd August Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Guatemala - Belize Having spent the previous day schlepping our way from the Corn Islands to Nicaragua's capital, we boarded another long distance bus and prepared ourselves for passing through another four countries in two days. We left behind the hoards of students sitting atop old American school buses celebrating the presidential anniversary and slipped though to Honduras passing beauty pageants, carnival floats and men sporting cowboy hats in the streets. We spent the night in El Salvador welcomed by shotgun toting guards at every door and fast food chains as far as the eye could see. Passing through another boarder we successfully laughed off the over eager sniffer dog obsessed with Charlie's crotch. No, we weren't drug smugglers, just innocent travellers with a ... read more
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Today was my last full day on this beautiful island after spending two nights here. Yesterday, I spent most of my time at the hotel because I felt unwell and I missed out on snorkelling with everyone in the group so I decided that today I would go snorkelling as it was my last chance. Despite still not feeling 100%, there was no way I was going to miss out on snorkelling in the world's 2nd best coral reef barrier as this was one of the highlights of the 3 week trip that I had been looking forward to. I booked the snorkelling excursion through Ragamuffin. You can find them on the main road of Caye Caulker, heading towards the split of the Island. I definitely recommend Ragamuffin, as you get the snorkelling equipment, boat trip, ... read more
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So we packed up our bags again and boarded a small boat. This would be our home for the next 3 days. We had booked on the Raggamuffin island cruise. In total there was 17 of us on the boat and 3 crew. We came from the Uk, America and Australia. We set sail for our first full day of sailing not knowing what to expect and what the weather would do as more storms are due! The first day we sailed, caught barracuda off the back of the boat and went for a snorkel along the way. The reef was pretty and we saw barracuda, loads of different reef fish and a few small rays. As usual I got burnt! When ever I snorkel I manage to burn! That evening we docked at our island ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Belize July 22nd 2013

Ahh Belize...this little country on the northeast corner of Central America was suppose to be a brief pit stop for me between Guatemala and the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, but the more I researched about this country, the more and more interesting things I found there was for me to do here. It's a small country of about 8,800 square miles and has one of the lowest population densities in Mesoamerica with about 334,000 people. Like most Central American countries, the first inhabitants of the area were hunter/farmers settlers who grew and survived off of corn, beans, squash, and chili peppers in the lush mineral rich soil and wide range of climates. The Yucatan Mayans came, conquered and thrived between 2500 BC to 800 AD with the peak occurring during the classic and late classic period of ... read more
Obelisk seen at Memorial Park in Belize City, Belize
Fried fish, small side salad & fry jacks w/ local Belkin beer for dinner
Fort George Lighthouse seen in Belize City, Belize


So we got a taxi to a travel agency then a shared shuttle that was full to the brim to Belize city. The shuttle took 7hours and was a little un comfy. The border crossing was simple and we entered Belize. Strange to be back in a country that they speak English! We got dropped at the water taxi rank and caught the ferry across to Caye Calker. Which was quick only taking 50mins. This would be our home for the next 4 nights. We checked into our hotel that was right on the cost. Called Barefoot beach Belize, (not that Caye Caulker really has a beach!) nothing special but clean. Checking in was not fun as there was mosquites everywere! Massive swarms off them, we rushed into the hotel. I got bitten on my arms, ... read more
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My first full day in Belize and I must admit I really do like it. The vibe of the country is quite strange; it has a Latin American feel to it, but with a British/Caribbean mix. I was a little disappointed that I could no longer practise trying to speak some Spanish as Belize's official language is English, the only country in Central America. The people of Belize do speak Spanish though, but obviously with me being English it was easier to communicate with my native language. I learnt that Belize was originally part of the British Empire and from 1862 to 1973, its name was British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981, retaining the British Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. It was weird having Belize currency too with a younger ... read more
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If you're backpacking from Mexico to Guatemala (or vice versa) along the coast, it's impossible to avoid Belize. I met some people who just did a straight bus shot through Belize without stopping, since it is an English speaking country, is heavily westernized, is pretty touristy, and is rather expensive. So, is it worth a stop in Caye Caulker if you are a backpacker passing through Belize between Guatemala and Mexico? Maybe. It's geared toward those on a budget, and you'll have plenty of company, but it just didn't catch me like it did some people. I might be missing something, though, since there are a few expats there who came and never left. This site gives a good idea of what you can do there. A few more notes: If you are looking to dive ... read more
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So here I am at the end of my last week in Belize - it has all gone very quickly, although I am really excited about getting home now! It's been a nice week - no mobile clinics for me this week, so I have been supervising the students at the main Hillside Clinic. We have seen a good mix of cases from diabetic check-ups to burns to weird skin rashes and colds. The students are pretty good, and still very keen! On Tuesday I got to go on Cultural Day, which is a monthly occurrence to teach the students a bit more about the different cultures in Belize. It started out with a presentation about the different groups of people in Belize - Ket'chi Mayan, Mopan Mayan, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese and East Indian - from ... read more
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