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Hello friends, This edition of the blog is going to cover quite a bit of time and locations. We tackled the Yucatan peninsula and Belize over the last 10 days or so. We have done alot! AFter our caves and volcanoes in Guatamala, Dave and I did an epic 16 hour day of bus rides to arrive in the deeply important city of Cancun. We passed through many small villages and beautiful jungles. It was hard to appreciate these bus vistas, however, as our bodies were perpetually covered in boiling sweat. Normally bus passengers pass the time by chatting to each other about their home countries and past travels. The energy required to hold these types of conversations proved to be too much for anyone on the bus. We spent the 16 hours mostly nursing our ... read more
Allegedly one of the longest pools in the world...
Foam Party
Blue Hole Stalactites at 140ft below


This is the last caye that we'll visit on this trip. We've anchored at the entrance to a peaceful lagoon where manatees are known to live. After dropping the anchors, one of the guys went out in the dinghy for a tour of the lagoon, and he saw something brown in the water, and then it turned all cloudy and muddy. He rushed back to the boat for a camera, and a couple of us went back with him. When manatees feed on the bottom, they stir up a lot of silt and mud, which is what we saw. But we didn't see the manatee making the mess. After we finished dinner the other night, I sat out on the front of the boat watching the stars. I was hoping to see the Southern Cross, which ... read more
Sunset behind Lagoon Cay
Hint of sun
Lagoon


The wind was in the wrong direction to sail here from North Long Cocoa Cay, so we motored here yesterday. The breeze was nice, and for the first time in several days, we're not uncomfortably hot and sticky. We saw dolphins on the way, and got here mid to late afternoon. South Water Cay is inhabited--it has three or four resorts separated by fences. Five of us went to the island to explore a bit, arrange for dinner, and have some cold beverages at the bar. Our first stop was the dive shop, so the divers could make arrangements to dive in the morning. Then we tried to get in for dinner at one restaurant, but they said they couldn't be bothered making dinner for us. So we went to IZE (International Zoological Expeditions), where we ... read more
Frangipani
Day's End at South Water Cay
Day fades over the Omaha Rainbow


There wasn't enough wind to sail from Ranguana Cay, so we motored here to North Little Cocoa Cay. When we arrived here, a couple of us went out in the dinghy to drop the second anchor, and have a quick tour around the Cay. When we got back, I hopped out of the dinghy and tied it quickly to the boat while we all figured out how we would spend the afternoon. I meant to check it, and make sure it was tied securely. Later that evening, I saw the dinghy drifting away. I couldn't jump in after it, because I was wearing my glasses and can't see without them, plus I didn't know how to start the dinghy, so I would have drifted away with it. One of the guys jumped in and swam after ... read more
Sunset at North Long Cocoa Cay
Days end at North Long Cocoa Cay
Coconut shell


This has definitely been a very different vacation for me. Not only am I traveling with other people, but the style of travel is very different. Instead of the everyday adventure of figuring out where to go, what to do, and carrying all my belongings on my back, I'm sleeping in the same bed every night, and I don't have to carry my valuables on my body 24 hours a day! We haven't been on the boat long enough to go stir crazy, but we were still really looking forward to getting off the boat and onto a beach. We sailed south today, at a relaxing 3 knots, to Ranguana Cay. It's just a tiny island near a break in the barrier reef. Even from a distance, it seemed like you could count the palm trees ... read more
Shipwreck
Going to the Birds
Polished Conch


In spite of the fact that my feet are swollen and uncomfortable from the heat, it's been a relaxing day. We got here in time to get some snorkeling in--the corals were amazing! The moon made a brief appearance after another great sunset, and once it was dark and many of the boat lights were off, we saw some phosphorescent fish and plankton behind the boat.... read more
Days end at Little Water Cay
Sunset at Little Water Cay
Early Morning at Little Water Cay


25th February 2008 We had arranged a Boat trip for today with Ragamuffin tours. It was a full days snorkel(snurkel)/booze cruise around the coral reef just off the coast of Caye Caulker. So we all got onboard our sail boat and met Captain Charlie & Jermain the two crew men. First Job for the crew was to introduce themselves and then blare out full volume Reggae Music for our enjoyment. First of all we sailed to the Coral Gardens. This area of the reef was the closest to the island & was a very young reef & we were told this would be a good place to get used to our equipment. As becci has never Snorkled before she had a brief while I dived in to explore. Straight away I saw a number of small ... read more
Bex,Rachel,Charu & Nikki
Jermain & Charu
Chimi


Morning in Placencia Yesterday at the Moorings Base in Placencia, I woke up in time to catch the sunrise--it was so peaceful, and for the first hour of the day, the temperature was just right. I sat at the front of the boat with my camera, watching the sunrise and listening to Placencia waking up. As soon as the sun was up there was activity, and heat. By 6:30am, my poor white skin needed sunscreen. When I went to get a shower at the Moorings Base, there was a spotted eagle ray swimming around the docks, feeding. It was graceful and amazing, and of course it disappeared when I went to get my camera. At 8am, we girls headed off to the markets for produce. The vegetable market we were at had lots of produce, but ... read more
Sunrise at the Moorings Base
Sunrise at the Moorings Base
Sunrise on the Rigging


24th February 2008 Today we had a chance to experience the Chicken Buses. We had the chance in Guatemala but we were told by chimi and other people it was far too risky & the fact that one person did not show for the trip, the group had enough budget for private transport. Chicken buses if you don't already know are old American School buses shipped out after their service to these counrties for the public bus transport. The reason they are named chicken buses as far as I know.... is because the locals use them to transport themselves and anything including there chickens so the buses are called Chicken buses. Anyway we left our Hotel by taxi in the morning and were dropped off at downtown San Ignacio at the bus stop. After spending 30 ... read more
Welcome to Caye Caulker
On the way to our hotel


Route: Mexico City - Oaxaca - San Cristobal de las Cases - Merida - Tulum After various emotional farewells across England we finally arrived in Mexico City, it had been a long time coming! Our flight was thankfully uneventful with the only thing of note being the TV system breaking down half way through the journey and with about half an hour left of Michael Clayton - I´ll assume Clooney saved the day and the bad drug company was brought to justice. We spent a few days in Mexico City mostly just wandering around visiting the various sights on the main Zocalo (apparently the third biggest square in the world). Amongst all these attractions (National Palace, Cathedral, Museum, Aztec ruins...) was the jewel in the Mexican crown - a bloke covered in Silver paint doing ... read more




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