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Nach der Besichtigung der Tempelstädte in Tikal sind wir dann weitergefahren und ziemlich schnell an der Grenze zu Belize angekommen. Von Belize wusste ich eigentlich so gut wie nichts, darum war ich auch überrascht als gesagt wurde dass die offizielle Landessprache Englisch und nicht Spanisch ist. Stellte sich jedoch heraus dass die Einheimischen einen so extremen karibischen Dialekt im Englisch haben, dass man etwa gleich viel versteht wie wenn sie spanisch sprechen würden. Der Grenzübergang verlief einwandfrei und kurz danach waren wir auch schon an unseren Endpunkt für diesen Tag, nämlich San Ignazio. Nachdem wir im Hostel eingecheckt haben und es uns gemütlich gemacht haben, hiess es später von seiten Tourguide plötzlich: Gepäck zusammenpacken, wir wechseln das Hotel. Anscheinend war die Unterkunft nicht mehr den Massstäben der Reiseagentur entsprechend. Das neue Hotel wa... read more
Stachelrochen
Irgendein Fisch
Aal


Mon 12-Tues 13 November - Day 17 to 18 - San Ignacio After a light breakfast at the hotel we left the hotel at 10.00am to catch a fast ferry back to the mainland. This only took 35 minutes. Taxis then took us to the bus station to catch the local bus – no air conditioning but plenty of breeze. The locals hopped on and off the bus as we stayed on for 3 hours. We continue on to San Ignacio referred to as "Cayo" by the locals, this agricultural centre is also known to be the 'adventure' and 'nature' capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers and caves, have created the ideal location for the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves ... read more
Actul Tunichil Muknal Caves San Ignacio Belize (4)
Cave Tubing near San Ignacio Belize (8)
Cave Tubing near San Ignacio Belize (5)


Fri 9-Sun 11 November - Day 14 to 16 - Caye Caulker We set off very early from Playa del Carmen, taking a short walk to the bus terminal we began our full day journey to beautiful Belize using a combination of public buses, taxis and a ferry. When leaving Mexico we paid a small departure fee of MXN540. The bus was the most interesting!! Alfredo called it the ‘chicken bus’ and the locals call it the ‘bread-stop bus’. I think you get the idea. The ferry trip was 50 minutes in a fast boat with seats downstairs and uncovered seats upstairs. I enjoyed the breeze upstairs with the sun, but the view was excellent and we were getting to know the new members of our group. The new members were from Melbourne, Toronto, Wales, and ... read more
Tucan Group from Playa del Carmen (1)
Sunset No 2 Caye Caulker (100)
Blue Hole flight Caye Caulker Belize (71)


No, he hasn’t lost me yet (Cj writes) ... We crossed from Guatemala to Belize by land, and very soon found ourselves at another Mayan site - much smaller than Tikal and somehow more manageable, with a better sense of the community that lived there. Our guides delighted in regaling us with tales of how the Mayans ritually pierced their flesh - self mortification - in order to worship their many gods. Women used sting ray spines to pierce their tongues repeatedly, men used the spines to pierce - well, let’s say that the men in the group went very pale. Then it was off to Caye Caulker, an exhilarating one hour speedboat ride out of Belize City. Came Caulker is an absolutely charming little Caribbean no cars to speak of, so everyone walks, bikes or ... read more
Front Street Caye Caulker
And again
Steve catches the vibe


We're right at the western edge of the Carribean and today was snorkelling on the reef ... Writes SC. A short but very exciting boat ride out to the reef and three different stops to get in and see the wonders of the reef. No Underwater shots obviously, but we saw Barracuda, StoneFish, Nurse sharks (see picture) a very large lobster (see picture) and all sorts of other stuff. Finally a school of sting rays swam right underneath me... Reminding me of the horror stories of self mortification.. See Cathy's of yesterday. An amazing, hot and fun morning ! Glad we bought our own masks and snorkels. We took plenty of precautions but both caught the sun. Tomorrow we travel to Mexico.... read more
Cathy returns from her first exploration
Nurse sharks...
Close encounter of the lobster kind


We arrived in Belize albeit a day later than the original itinerary. So, where or what is Belize? It wouldn’t exactly jump out at you on the shelf of a travel agent as an alternative for Benidorm or Ibiza!! Belize, formerly British Honduras, is an independent Commonwealth country on the eastern coast of Central America. It is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. Its mainland is about one hundred and eighty miles long and sixty eight miles wide. Belize has a population of 387,879. To put it in to perspective, the country is smaller than Djibouti but bigger than El Salvador. It is ranked 151st biggest in the world!! (or 33rdsmallest depending if you’re a glass half empty sort of a ... read more
Roisin surrounded by the MSC chocolateers
Welcome to Belize
The small marina in Belize city

Central America Caribbean » Belize July 13th 2018

Our passage into Belize got off to an inauspicious start when we arrived at the Chetumal ferry terminal to learn that our crossing had been cancelled due to an unserviceable boat. However, the company had decided to honour our booking by agreeing to fly us over to Ambergris Caye from the town of Corozal in Belize. With no obvious procedure in place, the lady behind the counter drove us over the border in her own car and we had just enough time to pay the immigration agent a questionable exit fee to depart Mexico before reaching the airstrip in time for our flight. Our unforeseen good luck was in danger of disappearing almost as soon as it had materialised when we were told the flight was overbooked and the check-in agent asked if one person would ... read more
Smallest Plane!
Caye Caulker
San  Pedro


So sang Kermit the frog, but in Belize it turns out it ain’t easy being a Green Iguana. The problem is the local people think eating Iguana eggs is good for fertility (I’m not sure if this is for males or females) which had caused Iguanas to become critically endangered in Belize, even though as a species they are not threatened To address this issue some enterprising folk have set up the Iguana Project in St Ignacio, housed in the garden of the St Ignacio Resort hotel. This is unquestionably the best hotel in town, so is not where we are staying, but was used by the Queen on her last royal visit to Belize in 1994. The hotel is only 5 minutes walk from the centre of St Ignacio but it’s uphill and even though ... read more


Eat, sleep, sunbathe, repeat.........eat, sleep, sunbathe, repeat..........sounds like a Fatboy slim tune. The last couple of days has been exactly that but it really makes a change to the relentless, sometimes brutal but always adventurous travelling we do. A good example of one of our tiring but very enjoyable travelling days has to be the journey from San Cristobal (Mexico) to Huehue in Guatemala. The long day started with a 20 minute walk to a collectivo station, where we waited 30 minutes while all 15 seats in the van were eventually taken. The van then drove at a safe and relaxing speed that allowed us to enjoy the sceanary go by. After 1 1/2 hours we arrived at the next collectivo station where we changed into the next van that left minutes later as we were ... read more
view from bungalow Belize
directions Placencia
on the dock looking back at bungalow


Chuck and I went to Placencia last year to celebrate our friend Sarah’s 50thbirthday with her and her husband, Chris. This year we decided to end our trip with Cheryl by spending the last week there like beach bums. With Chris and Sarah we lived like beach bums. For two weeks we shared meals and drinks, went for daily walks, and read several books while soaking up the sun or lounging in the shade. With Cheryl we didn’t live like beach bums, because there was nearly no sun. We spent less time walking the beach and soaking up the sun, but still enjoyed our time being lazy and immersing ourselves in some good books. Both last year and this, we stayed at Trade Winds, located at the very end of the peninsula. Rent for a beachfront ... read more
boats on a calm bay
sunrise
Placencia Pier




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