Blogs from Belize, Central America Caribbean - page 5


The first of my many Maya city visits was a smashing success! I got to meet a few people on my tour, and then in the evening I met even more new people! I hadn't expected really to make new friends, but then I hadn't exactly expected to go to Caracol today. First off, Caracol is truly in the middle of nowhere. When I purchased this tour Saturday afternoon (right when I got to San Ignacio), the tour people said it was quite an adventure and worth the trip. As I've said before, I planned this trip so I could see ruined Maya cities. So this fool and his money were soon parted. Most of my time in Belize has been full of surprises because I haven't really be fully prepared for any of it. When ... read more
First Maya city of the trip!
The Caana pyramid at Caracol is monumental
I made it to the top of Caana

My first journey outside of Trump's America has gone very well so far. The day has been another long one, and it's not ever very late at the moment. I'm in my bed, writing this blog post for you fine people, and the large dogs are barking outside my windows. Welcome to Belize! First off, I would not recommend flying into Belize Airport on Saturday. At all. There are planes arriving every 30-45 minutes, which means that they never get through getting one group through immigration control before another group is already here. We found this out the hard way. From the time we deplaned - on the tarmac, mind you - to the time I picked up my bag after immigration control and then went through customs was about 75 minutes. And they had 8 ... read more
Deplaning at Belize City Airport
This is about 1/3 of the line for immigration control
Actually, this is exactly why I've come to Belize

Central America Caribbean » Belize February 2nd 2017

So after the joys of Tulum we had a long journey to Caye Caulker, Belize by bus and ferry. We hadn’t managed to get lunch before the ferry trip so bought some takeaway toasted sandwiches and chips from the rooftop bar. The word ferry conjures up some kind of slow moving large boat but what we actually went on was a speedboat. Speedboat plus waves plus sandwiches plus chips is not a good combination! Needless to say I felt a little nauseous for the first half of the journey but the sea got a bit calmer later on. We first stopped at another Island San Pedro for immigration then went on to Caye Caulker. We were met by a smiling man in a golf cart who turned out to be Pike from our Airbnb apartment. He ... read more

Being lazy in Placencia, on beach and blue, is fulltime work. You get up before it gets too hot, twaddle off to Merl's beachside breakfast bar. Nice veggie omelet, fried jacks'n beans, fruit and coffee, all embibed under coconut shade with morning sea breeze. The sea is very calm today, the water's clear close to shore, so today's exercise is a couple of hours of snorkeling over grassy channel banks to the odd bit of coral, where Jacks the size of tunas wizz by, and green parrot-sized fish hide themselves as they worm their way through the grass. If you're so inclined there are luncheon promos at beach bars like the Pickled Parrot and the Tipsey Tuna, but that could be a bit like hard work for me today. If you're not out for the siesta, ... read more

We headed out from Caye Caulker in tropical torrential rain, all 27 of us in rain jackets (23 neophytes + 4 Belizean crew) on a 35' catamaran, lots of wave motion wind and spray, all expecting the worst, but well tranquilized with early rum punches. A great way to get to know the fabulous mosaic of fellow travellers : a Basque tour operator, Sydney radio show producers, Idaho bush pilots, newly married Kiwis (on their second 6mo world adventure), hilarious Londoners, serious US solar energy profs, crazy..really crazy Italians (trying to learn English), and some humorous Dudes from Amsterdam, also Vancouverites and yours truly. And a fabulous Creol-speaking crew. By noon the weather cleared and we were off to 3 snorkeling stops along the reef: certainly treated to some of the best snorkeling in the world, ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Belize January 13th 2017

As you take a deep breath through the salty snorkel, you are quickly surrounded by Nurse Sharks and colourful fish. While you follow them in amazement a giant turtle crashes into you while you desperately try to avoid crossing  pathways with the playful Stingrays and magical Manatees Travelling by speed boat from Chetumal in Mexico to Caye Culker in Belize, you soon find yourself arriving at the San Pedro border and being forced to stand in assigned numerical order. Similar to experiences in communist China, watching 50 strangers weaving in and out of a queue to organise themselves before being checked by the drug squad and processed by immigration a highly entertaining and bizarre experience. Arriving on the tiny island of Caye Culker, situated an hour or so off the coast of Belize, this tiny little ... read more
Caye Culker
Nurse Sharks
Giant Turtle

Well, after a week down here memories of the coolish North are fast fading into the distant sea reef surf. Today, it's even a bit a breezy here -- the Belizeans are into their winter clothes -- while us northeners are swaying in a hammocks under (seaside) coconut palms in barefoot shorts. This is Caye Caulker, two islands 45 mins out from Belize City by water taxi, close to the Belizean reef. It's very laid back, just golf carts and bikes, coral sand roads and paths, friendly tourists and helpful Belizeans. No franchise businesses. Lots of tourists with a youthful int'l, energy and vibe -- diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, reggae beach and sports bars, and lots of budget accommodation. I'm staying at the Tropical Oasis Hostel, 6 cabanas and 2 dorms, run by a friendly Belizean/Norwegian ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Belize November 29th 2016

Hands up if you heard of Belize and know anything about it? Ok looks like you are in the same boat as we were in. Belize is the small country that we had to travel through to get from Guatemala to Mexico. And small it is. It has the second smallest land mass and the smallest population of all the North American countries. Only about 370,000 people live here, which I guess is about the amount that live in our local council back home. Up until 1981 Belize was a British colony and it is very different to its Spanish neighbours. The culture is very diverse with everything from Mayas, Brits, Africans, Indians, Chinese, Garfuna and various mixes of the above are represented. Most of them also speak their own language. English is theoretically the official ... read more
Food stand at the local farmers market
Baby Iguana
Human sacrifice

San Ignacio is a small town tucked away near the Guatemalan border. It's famous as a base to go and explore the areas caves and waterfalls. On our first day here we met a local who offered to take us to a nearby waterfall in the jungle. This is a very serene waterfall off the beaten track, so we were the only people there to enjoy it. Day 2 we booked a tour to go to the ATM cave. I had heard this is a must do, but I was not expecting anything quite so amazing. After an hours drive, made longer by the minibus having a flat tire and a flat spare, we arrived at a car park in the jungle. We got kitted up with helmets and buoyancy aids before starting our trip to ... read more
Grinding cocoa bean the traditional way
Our. Chocolate paste

Caye Caulker is a very nice island, with various great snorkeling and diving spots. The people have an overall take it easy and slow - mentality, which makes it a very relaxing place to be. I must say that it is quite expensive and that was one of the reasons I didn´t stay too long. The first day I met Kate, Emily and Amara. We had some food and went for a drink afterwards. The next day I watched the sunrise from the dock until it started raining. It rained a lot in the morning. Kate and I stayed at the same hostel (Yuma´s House) and we chilled there until it stopped. Then we went to the Lazy Lizzard bar where we met Emily and Amara again and another girl: Alina. Some time later, we all ... read more
Street at Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker

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