Belize
Cayo District

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  • Day120

    A cloudy day

    January 5 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Last night, some people told us that cold weather was coming and it will be chilly in the tent. For us, this actually meant that the tent did not turn into a greenhouse and we could sleep well, and today, it was great cycling weather with 25°C.
    As we didn't know yet, where to sleep the night, we looked for free WiFi in the next village. In Belize, you usually get a connection near some schools and usually the central square. In Burrell Boom, however, the central square was a basketball court where the locals were playing their Sunday morning game. We got some signal close to a bus stop yet (see photo).
    Sunday is also a big day for group cycling. And as there is basically only one paved road in Belice, we met many cyclists, sometimes several times as they were going back and forth on the road. So I guess we now know every road cyclist in Belice.
    Now that we are further South in the country, most of the locals seem of a Carribean background with dark skins and the related temper. Even kids greet is with "Hello my friend, how'r u doin'" and we get involved in conversations every time we stop.
    Once we got to Belmopan, the capital of Belice, we decided to stop at Guanacaste National Park to go for a short walk in the jungle and swim in the Belice River - really nice!
    Afterwards, we had to find a place to sleep which took us at least 3 loops around the city. Hotels were either fully booked (or just closed because it's Sunday - you couldn't tell from the signs) or ridiculously expensive (as it's a government town...), so we ended up in a motel. Generally, it's pretty dead here, as houses are very spread out and there's no town square or real city centre at all. Good we are only staying for the night.
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  • Day524

    Fast bis nach Guatemala

    July 14, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Dieses Mal gingen wir von Belize City aus nach Westen. Der Chicken Bus brachte uns, mit Zwischenstopp in der Haupstadt Belmopan, nach San Ignacio. Die kleine Stadt liegt mittem im Regenwald, kurz vor der Grenze zu Guatemala und beheimatet knapp 10‘000 Einwohner. Für viele Reisende ist sie der erste oder der letzte Stopp bevor sie über die Grenze nach Guatemala weiterreisen. Nicht aber für uns, obwohl uns Guatemala auch sehr gereizt hätte, blieben wir Belize treu, wir hatten ja noch lange nicht alles entdeckt.

    San Ignacio ist einerseits bekannt für einige Mayaruinen sowie andererseits für die vielen Höhlensysteme, welche ebenfalls von den Mayas als Opferstätten genutzt wurden. Die Mayaruinen „Cahal Pech“ und „Xunantunich“ haben wir auf eigene Faust besucht, die Eine liegt einige Gehminuten ausserhalb der Stadt, die Andere ist nur wenige Minuten mit dem Bus entfernt. Xunantunich ist etwas grösser als Cahal Pech, beide überzeugen jedoch mit der exakten Bauweise sowie dem Standort. Vom höchsten Punkt der Xunantunich Ruine ist der Ausblick über den Regenwald atemberaubend. Man sieht sogar bis nach Guatemala.

    Die Höhlensysteme (Barton Creek und Actun Tunichil Muknal) sind jeweils nur mit geführter Tour zu besichtigen. Irgendwie konnten wir uns aber nicht richtig damit anfreunden und beliessen es beim anschauen der Bilder auf den Prospekten. Vielleicht auch, weil die Tourpreise schon ziemlich hoch sind.

    In der Grenzstadt Benque, einige Busminuten von San Ignacio entfernt, besuchten wir noch eine Chilbi. Aber ausser ein paar Grillständen und Bars war überhaupt nichts los - die alten (historischen) Fahrgeschäfte waren alle nicht in Betrieb. Schon wahnsinnig, bei uns wären solche nostalgischen Bahnen höchstens noch im Museum anzutreffen.

    4 Nächte später verliessen wir dann San Ignacio auch wieder und fuhren über die einzige Hängebrücke Belize‘s zurück in den Osten.
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  • Day91

    Hallo Belize - ATM Caves

    January 24 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Gestern ging es über die Grenze nach Belize. Obwohl San Ignacio nur 15km von der Grenze Guatemalas entfernt ist, fühlt es sich schon wie eine ganz andere Welt an. Karibischer, sauberer, amerikanischer... Wir hören nur noch wenig Spanisch hier. Stattdessen Englisch und Kreolisch. Das "Peace" des Rastaman im Laden ließ daher auch nicht lange auf sich warten ;-)

    Heute wartete auch direkt ein Highlight auf uns. Wir besuchten die ATM Caves. Mit Helm und Stirnlampen schwammen, wateten und kletterten wir durch die Höhle, die einst den Maya für Opferrituale diente und nur von Schamanen aufgesucht werden durfte. Die Gesteinsformationen, Stalakmiten und Stalaktiten, aber vor allem die Überreste der Opferrituale (Keramiktöpfe, Blutplatten und Skelette) waren beeindruckend. Fotos dürfen dort keine mehr gemacht werden, nachdem einige der Artefakte durch unvorsichtige Touristen beschädigt wurden. Aber das ist auch gut so. Die Erfahrung ist auf jeden Fall in unseren Köpfen abgespeichert.
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  • Day92

    Caracol Ruinen

    January 25 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Caracol, einMaya Tempel / Stadt, die damals mehr Bewohner als das heutige Belize City hatte, hatten wir heute fast für uns ganz alleine ( ok, die 15 Touristen und Horden von Brüllaffen nicht mitgezählt) Auf dem Rückweg haben wir noch einem kleinen Abstecher am Rio Frio Cave und Rio on Pools gemacht...Read more

  • Day5

    Jaguar Creek

    March 15 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    While people back home are making sacrifices like restricting their movement, no large gatherings and only purchasing one package of toilet paper at a time, we too were making sacrifices like not going to Guatemala and instead going to the Belize zoo and staying in a jungle lodge. Painful, i know :)

    I had heard the belize zoo was small but really well done. They were mostly right. Extremely well done and not small at all. It was a zoo for only animals found in belize and was basically set up in the jungle. For example, monkeys weren't in enclosures but in a forest area. And all the animals are rescues from the wild with the goal of setting them back into the wild once they are better and able. Animals include spider monkeys, howler monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars, jaguarundis, pumas, ocelots, tapir, coatis, vultures, harpy eagles, toucans, and deer. And more, but i forget now.

    After the zoo, we drove to the jungle lodge "Jaguar Creek" i booked the evening before. It was in a very isolated location in a heavily forested area of jungle. We had an entire 2 bedroom cabin to ourselves. Alexa and i hiked the 30 minute loop trail through the jungle and then hopped into the creek's natural pool by a small waterfall to cool off, while mom relaxed at the cabin. This place has no A/C, no tv and no wifi, which i didn't realize when i booked it, but its really nice to be out in nature. Mom was perhaps less enthusiastic as it took me a while to convince her there were no snakes inside her mattress.

    Disappointingly, we didn't spot any wildlife here, but we did hear the ferocious roar of the howler monkeys as we went to bed. Hopefully tomorrow we will reach the coast.
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  • Day4

    San Ignacio - Day 2

    March 14 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    It was the first day that we didn't need to get up at any specific time so we lazily lounged around our cabana until about 10:30am. And then hopped in the jeep and drove to Xunantunich, another ancient mayan site.

    To get there, we had to take the world's shortest ferry ride (a statistic i just made up), which holds just 4 cars and crosses a small river and is propelled by a hand crank. And free.

    The actual site isn't as expansive as other locations i have visited, but the main temple was massive. Alexa and i made our way to the top, and on the way up, we noticed some people were focused on the nearby jungle trees. The back of the temple was against a hill so we wandered off to take some pictures of the spider monkeys and some large iguanas. And then continued to the top. It was so high, people at the bottom looked like ants. Mom was pretty knackered from the walk uphill to the site and relaxed in the shade as we climbed up and down the temple.

    When we got back to San ignacio, we stopped at a large market and had some tacos for lunch. As we were eating, we saw Alan and Sharron from Indiana who we met at Lamanai a few days ago.

    Then went back to our hotel and relaxed in the pool. We decided going to Tikal, Guatemala was no longer viable because the border was likely to close soon and we didn't want to get stuck on the Guatemala side. Which was disappointing as it was the whole reason this trip was booked. So i spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out a new plan and where to stay.

    For supper, we drove into town to a really cool restaurant that a few people recommended and ran into Alan and Sharron again. Funny how that happens sometimes.
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  • Day72

    Caye Caulker to San Ignacio

    October 8, 2019 in Belize ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Day 70-72 - San Ignacio ( 8th Oct 2019 to 10th Oct 2019 )

    Itinerary DRAGOMAN:
    Today we will head back to the mainland and take public transport. We then have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities! Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking,
    and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area. In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge. Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio to the beautiful Barton Creek cave (USD 55). Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden'
    (USD 85). Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City (USD 110). Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio (BZD 30). Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El
    Castillo pyramid (BZD 10). Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio (BZD 12)

    Fazit Caye Caulker: Der Ort war sehr beschaulich. Aber spätestens am dritten Tag fragt man sich: “was mache ich hier den ganzen Tag?” Am 07.10. haben wir abgegammelt, nachdem wir die wichtigste Straße des Ortes mindestens dreimal auf- und ab gelaufen sind. Glücklicherweise gibt es hier nur alte Golf Caddies und faktisch keinen nervigen Autoverkehr. Am 08.10. sind wir morgens wieder mit der Fähre nach Belize City gefahren. Es warten neue Erlebnisse auf uns. Danach sind wir bis San Ignacio mit einem Sammeltaxi gefahren und haben die morgige Tour “Actun Tunichil Muknal” (Footprint) gebucht. Man kan hier noch diverse andere Outdoor Touren machen. Aber die mit Abstand Wichtigste Tour reicht uns. Das Hotel liegt etwas außerhalb des eher unattraktiven Ortes und hat einen kleinen Pool. Glücklicherweise gibt es hier Frühstück inklusive und auch Abendessen. Das ist sonst in den Hotels auf unserer bisherigen Reise eher nicht üblich gewesen.

    Koordinaten San Ignacio: 17°10′17″ N 89°3′29″ W
    Höhe: 60 müN

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  • Day2

    Arrival

    January 12, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Not much sleep on relatively short flight. Lovely sunrise as we approached Bellize. First flight of the morning. Got car and headed to Belize City to pick up Maddie. Waited for her boat and then headed out of town. Hike through jungle in monkey bay sanctuary. No monkeys but snakes and iguanas. Ana Ignacio for market and then incredibly bumpy road with water crossing to mikes. Now hearing
    Howlers in our secluded house
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  • Day176

    San Ignacio, Belize

    October 26, 2018 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We decided not to choose any of the activities proposed by the GAdventures and went exploring the surroundings of San Ignacio on our own. This turned out to be way cheaper and nicer. We explored abandoned ruins, caves in the middle of the jungle and spent hours swimming in waterfalls and natural pools. Even the torrencial rain could not spoil it ⛈️Read more

  • Day219

    Maya Ruinen Xunantunich

    May 16, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Mit einer kleinen Autofähre fahren wir über den Belize River um zu der Mayastätte zu gelangen. Zunächst zahlen wir Eintritt und informieren uns etwas im Besucherzentrum über die Sehenswürdigkeiten. Wir laufen die einzelnen Exponate ab und staunen wieder einmal über die Fertigkeiten der über zweitausend Jahre alten Hochkultur der Maya.Read more

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