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  • Day2

    Today was such an experience. We landed in Belize airport early this morning and went through customs. We hopped on a bus that took us on a 7 hour drive. The weather was really humid and muggy, but the bus driver was going so fast that there was a nice breeze all the way down. We made a bathroom stop and were actually there for quite a while. We also made a stop for lunch at this place and the prices were pretty decent and the food was tasty. I got the special which was chicken with rice and beans. I tried the plantain but I really didnt care for it. The pineapple juice that we ordered was delicious! After an another hour of driving we made our way to the Machacha camp and the fun begun. We were introduced to people and then were told our room assignments. I was put into a cabin Called Macaw.  I took a bed close to the door and the fan! It was so hot and muggy, I couldn't stop sweating. We made our way down for briefing and I was told I was going to be a cabin counselor. My partners come from Muerietta and are named Nicole and Maddie. We were given 2 shirts each which are all we can wear apparently. Then we took a tour of the camp with a guy named Erikson. We had some free time after the tour and Brittney and Vic and I went to shower. We were really sketched about the cold 2 minute showers and so we planned out exactly how it would work. 15 sec water, then lather, rinse, lather, rinse. It was sooooooooooo nice and I wish it was longer. Following the shower we headed to dinner, im not really sure what we ate but it was good. Then we were broken up into our groups and went over duties. After the meeting ended all the girls came to my cabin and we had Nutella and almonds yum! We talked and then went looking for bugs in other peoples cabins. Great day! Looking forward to tomorrow!!Read more

  • Day183

    After a failed attempt to get pizza, shuttle to Guatemala City, 4am start and flight via El Salvador we arrived in Belize City - ready for Caye Caulker. Still wrecked from the hike, we deserved it.

    Arriving in Caye Caulker was like arriving in paradise. Crystal clear water, Caribbean vibes, no cars, colourful houses and some of the most easy-going people I have ever met. I loved the 'go slow' mentality here and it's hard for this place not to rub off on you.

    First thing was first: beach. We went down to the Lazy Lizard on the split and sunbathed for the remainder of the day. Al and I went for a swim, not realising the current was actually really strong and I genuinely had to be saved by a local who grabbed my wrist and pulled me to safety ("my saviour"). We had lunch and then went to Sip 'n' Dip - one of my ultimate favourite bars ever. It has hammocks, swings and tubes in the sea and the happy hour was pretty lethal.

    After we got ready for our first night out and had a cute BYOB dinner at Chef Juan's. We then set out to the sports bar, basically where everyone goes for a night out. Lots of dancing, shots, you name it and we were also happy to see some of our Irish friends we'd met in Lanquin. It was such a good night, everyone on great form, ending up in Reggae Bar and then back to our hostel for more drinks.

    The day after was a bit eat, sleep, rave, repeat starting with the split, jokes at Sip 'n' Dip (one of my fave parts of the holiday - "you look like a well pissed woman"), dinner at Enjoy and then onto the sports bar for karaoke which was amazing - basically every single Shaggy song you can think of and no night is complete without embarrassing English people trying to sing the words to Despacito.

    Deciding not to go to reggae bar, we decided to go back to our hostel and drink the gin we had bought earlier. Laura (the key bearer) was nowhere to be seen, and after brainstorming ideas of how to break into our room we decided to pop the window out of the frame and one of us to climb in and unlock the door from the inside. This was hilarious until we realised the owner of the hostel was watching us. In the morning we got fined $75bz as we broke the window. Bright sparks.

    The next day we woke up with pretty sore heads, in time for snorkelling along the second largest barrier reef in the world. This was amazing as we got to swim with manatees, turtles, nurse sharks, green eels and loads more crazy wildlife. Unfortunately, my GoPro footage is pretty crap of the snorkelling as I was so tired I couldn't really be bothered, but it was an amazing experience - although I was really tired/ hungover and at times, quite seasick.

    When we had finished snorkelling we had unlimited run and the storm to end all storms. It was at this point, when we were all singing on the boat, that I realised this was probably going to be one of my last happy memories in Latin America, and the end is neigh. I've decided to cut my trip short (about 5 weeks early).

    We were dropped off at KoKo Kings where we had a few more drinks, before going back to get ready for our last night out. The girls were leaving to go back to England the next day and I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going on from Caye Caulker. After more cocktails and food at Enjoy, Phi and I were exhausted, went to the sports bar for all of five minutes and decided to head home for an 'early' night.

    The next day we paid our fine, and got the boat back to Belize City. The others heading on to the airport and me to Chetumal in Mexico. Saying goodbye was pretty emotional because I had such an amazing time with them and was sad it was over. I also had no POA of what I was going to do next but I knew I'd be seeing them again pretty soon.
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  • Day3

    Go slow is het motto van de mensen op Caye Caulker in Belize. Hoe langzamer je gaat hoe meer complimentjes je krijgt van deze vriendelijke mensen :-) De vriendelijkheid van deze mensen zit in hun aard, maar ook een beetje in een plantje genaamd marihuana ;-)

    We sliepen in een huisje op het terrein van Louise de meest actieve 65+er van dit eiland. We mochten fietsen lenen waarmee we over het hele eiland slowly zijn gefietst. Je kan geen asfalt vinden op dit eiland. Je kunt met een bootje over naar Koko King Beach, het paradijs op aarde 😍 Hier kun je overdag in banden op het water dobberen, schommelen met het meest fantastische uitzicht, chillen in een hangmat, volleyballen en 's avonds cocktails drinken bij het kampvuur.

    We hebben ook gesnorkeld tussen de nursing sharks, sting rays en Dora's. Er wonen ook Nederlanders op dit eiland en 's avonds hebben we gegeten bij Monique en haar Beliziaanse man echt een succes verhaal van grenzeloos verliefd :-)

    Ook hebben we de lokale rum en sports bar met de locals ontdekt. Helaas moesten we na 2 nachten dit eiland weer verlaten en zitten we inmiddels in Flores Guatemala dit verhaal in de bus te schrijven... Belize was unbelizeble. To be continued... xxx M & L & L
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  • Day13

    Early departure from Caye Caulker and a boat, taxi and public bus later we arrive at San Ignacio.

    Not much to the town but it is a base to explore nearby ruins, caves, waterfalls and reserves.

    We have lunch at the town's market - $2 for a quasadia and 10 cents for 2 bananas.

    Then we catch a bus to the Xunantunjch ruins. And I am pretty sure the bus driver had his foot flat to the ground - at one stage I thought we were going to take off! After crossing the river on a barge its a 15 minute walk we are told. A 15 minute walk uphill in the sun! You can see the photo of my view at the back of the pack!

    The ruins are in a lovely quiet setting with few tourists.

    You can see the pyramid I didn't climb!! You can also see my red face! I lay under a tree in the shade minding the bags! But as there was no one around it was lovely and peaceful.

    Bus back to town early dinner and bed! The hotel doesn't have air conditioning included in the price and its $20US extra a night. There are two fans though so they should blow any mosquitos away!

    Usually I crank the air conditioning up to artic temperatures and sleep in long soaks, long pants and a long sleeved top. Pretty sure no mosquito is going to get through that!

    In the evening we strolled around the very busy town centre. We ended up sitting on the stage in the park in the centre of town eating our yummy street food. My tacos were $1.75 and my friends has a chicken and rice dish for $4.00. Then we found an ice cream place and had 2 scoops for $4.00.

    A very nice day.
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  • Day14

    Today we are doing a guided tour of Actun Tunichhil Muknal cave (ATM for short). Numbers are restricted and you can only do it with a registered tour guide.

    We had to swim across a few rivers then when we got to the cave we swam into it. Then with our helmuts with flashlights we waded right into the cave. There was alot of climbing up and down through the water. The cave was fascinating and the crystallations sparkled. Although alot of it has died due to a lack of rainfall. In mayan times there was no water.
    But it was hard going!!

    The footwear was socks and crocs and mine were a size too small and they basically had no grip! And with my foot still healing from the ruptured ligaments I don't have the balance and strength that I did pre injury.

    So I had to tread carefully and take my time so the guide took me up the front and held my hand which gave me the extra stability I needed.

    Then we got to this huge rock which we had to climb up. So the guide tells me to basically do the side splits as the first part of getting up the rock! Couldn't do it and as I thought they were just going to walk over the limestone in soaks and the guide said they would be back soon I stayed behind.

    So at first it was quite nice being in the cave by myself and I found a nice rock to sit on with my feet in the water but as time marched on I thought something isn't right. I watched a group go up and their guide showed them a much easier way up. There were two vital steps our guide missed which meant no side splits!

    Then I watched another group go back the way we came and I thought OMG the main point of the tour is up there!!!! So I was one cranky $95US out of pocket person on a tight budget.

    Anyway thank god one of guides offered to take me up and I was up that rock very quickly and we speed climbed deeper into the cave!

    And there was the highlight! The site of the maya sacrifices. It was incredible.

    A huge space that is called the Cathedral and it really looks like one. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and lots of simmering.

    Lots of pots everywhere that would have contained offerings to the rain gods. And then the saddest part is seeing all the skeletons of the human sacrifices including seven children the youngest 18 months. The way they died was kept a secret and it was violent. They could be disembowelled, their beating heart pulled out, skull mashed or mutilated. It was all about letting as much blood as possible as an offering to the raingods.
    It was a great honor to be a sacrifice and supposedly they were volunteers.

    The 18 month old had its skull smashed and the axe is laying next to the skeleton. Another skeleton is laying on its back which means it was probably disembowelled.

    The mayans thought the cave was full of evil so going into it showed the gods how brave they were.

    No cameras are allowed after a French tourist was leaning over the rope getting close to a skull (he obviously had never heard of zooming) and dropped his camera smashing the skull!! Clearly he had not heard of a safety strap either. The Government then closed the caves. The guides then lobbied for them to be re opened with camera restrictions. They tell you if you try to sneak a camera in their jobs are on the line.

    So a long trek back and an early night for me. Exhausted!

    No photos of the cave so random Belize photos attached. The little guy did a fine job of trying to sell me things! The little girl is his sister and was in the stall having a great time swinging away! Under the sign saying no alcohol is where the town drunks hang out! And Zuly's had some great food.
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  • Day217

    The lush greenery that we enjoyed as we rode across Belize to the Caribean coast was the reward for getting rained on from time to time. We enjoyed the quaintness of San Ignacio, but the capital city of Belmopan was the most underwhelming city we have experienced on this trip, as we searched without luck for some sort of downtown, or even people about - granted, we did ride 'through' on the Sunday morning of a long weekend, but still... From there we rode the Hummingbird Highway to the coast, a hilly route through small towns in beautiful jungle valleys where the main crop is oranges. We were passed by a dozen or more heavily laden orange trucks on their way to processing plants near Dangriga. Sadly, the heavy truck traffic meant the road was in terrible shape as we neared the end of our 100 km day, so we arrived in Dangriga in serious need of a vacation.Read more

  • Day219

    We quickly adapted to the pace of relaxed island living: reading or napping in a hammock, exploring the different parts of the small island, bird watching, lounging in the sun, snorkeling, joining in a game of beach volleyball, and watching Garifuna drumming performances at the open air bar. We also made friends with our lovely Canadian cabana neighbors, a Dutch sailor moored just off the island (he invited us for beers after we swam out to visit his boat), and the friendly students and staff from a small university in Nebraska taking part in a marine biology field course.Read more

  • Day12

    Relaxing day today and these are some of my favourite days.

    Walked around town stopping in various spots just staring at the ocean - various photos of my chill zones attached.

    Got a chicken egg and cheese flapjack from a little place run by two women for breakfast. So cheap and so filling it was breakfast and lunch.

    Had such a lovely day. For dinner I went back to the street vendor and then for dessert I wanted to try the key lime pie from a women who sells slices of homemade cakes and desserts outside het home but she had sold out. Disappointed! But good for her!Read more

  • Day175

    We had a lazy morning, munched some granola and sat outside reading. We headed out to get Anna her iced coffee, me a not great coconut and a fruit smoothie to share (4,5,5B). It was absolutely roasting and we were hot and sweaty when we returned so jumped off the dock into the sea.

    After hiding in the aircon for a bit we headed to the bakery for a cinnamon roll and a ‘cookie’ which was sort of shortbread with sprinkles and jam. Then we settled at Sip N Dip, a colourful dock with seating and ladders so you can pop in and out of the water to cool off. Anna tried 2 more beers whilst I had 2 ice creams - one was chocolate fudge brownie which was absolutely amazing. Once the sun had gone, we went home to change and then came out for the sunset at the Split which wasn't great and the sand flies were out in force as there was no wind.

    We went to Aladdin’s for dinner and had lamb and falafel wraps, iced tea and sour sop (a nice local fruit smoothie) for 41B. It was probably the best falafel wrap I've had on all our travels so far...absolutely perfect! The poor lady then told us how her ex boyfriend was trying to destroy her business / life and she had to go to court soon - Latino men don't seem to make great partners from what we've heard. As we were having dinner we saw a bright red, huge, full moon rise out of the sea! It slowly turned to orange and then normal moon colour as it rose higher. An amazing sight I don't think I've seen before.

    Quote of the day from a rasta man: Slow down or you'll get a speeding ticket! Hannah will attest to the fact that we walk pretty slowly these days. We don't seem to be able to walk down the main strip without everyone wanting to talk to us. It already feels like we know half the people here and has such a lovely vibe. Definitely my favourite place so far.
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