Cayo District

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  • Day92

    Caracol Ruinen

    January 25, 2020 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

    Stephan Mehlhose

    Sind das die Brillaffen im Hintergrund? Fuck sind die laut

  • Day91

    Hallo Belize - ATM Caves

    January 24, 2020 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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    Stephan Mehlhose

    Alter Falter. Nils wie viel hast du abgenommen? Siehst gut aus. @kerstin wie immer super in shape!

  • Day120

    A cloudy day

    January 5, 2020 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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  • Day5

    Jaguar Creek

    March 15, 2020 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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    Suzanne Gadbois

    I love Zoo's. That one looked really interesting. The crocodile that you guys watched being fed, he has to be the ugliest big crocodile I ever saw. He looked really!! Love the leopard though. You guys seem to be a lot safer where you are then here. Take Care.....

  • Day4

    San Ignacio - Day 2

    March 14, 2020 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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    Suzanne Gadbois

    Wow that was high. I like the iguana Enjoy and stay safe...

  • Day3

    San Ignacio - Day 1

    March 13, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    This morning we hopped back into our jeep and headed southwest to the Nohoch Che'en caves reserve. There aren't many highways in Belize, but signage isn't great so i have been utilizing a cool offline app called Maps.Me to help with navigation. Plus my mom. Where this gets especially interesting is combining the map app with my mom as i drive. Lets just say its a work in progress, and leave it at that :) Definitely some kinks to work out of the system and some pretty funny moments, and no wrong turns yet haha.

    Once we arrived, we hired a guide, suited up with helmets and life jackets and some inner tubes for the river. After a 30 minute hike through some attractive jungle scenery, into the water we went with our tubes. This is the ultimate lazy river, floating down the river and into a massive cave. Our tubes were tied together and our guide maneuvered us through the pitch black cave for about 30 minutes. Thankfully, we were all wearing headlamps, so we could see the stalagtites and stalagmites plus a number of bats flying around. Some were vampire bats, according to the guide. Eventually came out the other side of the cave and peacefully floated our way back to the starting point.

    From there we were off to San Ignacio for the night. Our guide Richard lives there so we gave him a lift and treated him to lunch on the waý too. Then settled into our very comfortable new accomodations which are situated on top of a hill overlooking the city. Its mostly individual cute cabins with thatch rooves, plus a nice restaurant and 3 cascading swimming pools. Excellent spot to finish our day.
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    Sharyn Reus

    Trust Mom for directions! Vampire bats, glad you made it out.

    Suzanne Gadbois

    Sounds amazing.....

    Cin Olah

    Omg this looks like so much fun

  • Day7

    Day 6.

    February 2, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we travelled by the water taxi from Caye Caulker to Belize City then took another chicken bus to San Ignacio, Belize. We arrived at our hostel around 1 PM then took a taxi to the ancient Mayan ruins in Xunantunich. We had to cross a river on the car ferry before walking to the ruins. They cannot build a permanent bridge for cars and walking traffic as the tide fluctuates quite drastically throughout the rainy season. The ruins were absolutely breath taking as the area has been very well maintained for centuries.

    For supper, we travelled to a small town outside of San Ignacio to visit the Women's Pottery Co-op that G Adventures helps sponsor through the Planterra Project. The project helped to fund a space for the pottery workshop and provides job opportunities for women in the community. The pottery techniques are those used by the ancient Mayans that has been passed down through generations. A few of the other members of my group also tried their hand at pottery which was very entertaining for the locals! The community also served us a traditional Belizian dinner that is also funded through the project.
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  • Day18

    Anreise zu Caye Caulker

    September 30, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Von San Ignacio ging es heute mit dem Bus knapp 3h einmal quer durch Belize.

    Beim Zwischenstopp in Belmopane gab es einen lauten Knall. Großer Schreck, Qualm und Staub stiegen unter dem Bus hervor - Keiner wusste warum. Alle Insassen stiegen aus und warteten geduldig ab ob und wie es weiter geht. Wir wurden aufgefordert wieder einzusteigen und der Bus setzte seine Fahrt erstmal fort. An einer Werkstatt wurde, samt aller Insassen, halt gemacht, ein Reifen gewechselt und weiter ging es. Damit sind 20 Minuten ins Land gegangen, was aber hier keinen interessiert. Dann dauert die Fahrt halt was länger 😄.

    Von Belize City aus brachte uns das bekannte Wassertaxi nach Caye Caulker und ein Golf Cart zum Hotel. Dort angekommen erhielten wir für die ersten 2 Nächte ein Upgrate in ein größeres Apartment.

    Nach dem Check-in kühlten wir uns im Pool ab. Anschließend schlenderten wir über die Insel, haben etwas zu Abend gegessen und gönnten uns noch ein Eis 🍦 zum Abschluss. Zurück ging am Strand entlang, wo wir von lauter nachtaktiven 🦀 überrascht wurden. 😱 😄
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  • Day15

    Guava Limb Café & Restaurant

    September 27, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Zurück in San Ignacio sind wir in einem super Restaurant „Abendessen“ gewesen - gegen 16 Uhr. 😄
    Dabei haben wir die Happy Hour mit Daiquiri & Caipirinha🍹mitgenommen.

    Auf dem Rückweg gab es für Alex noch eine Straßenmassaga, da er immer noch Rückenverspannungen vom Hinflug hat.
    Für Romy gab es noch eine handgefertigte neue Tasche, aus einem kleinen neu-eröffneten Laden.
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  • Day14

    Cahal Pech Ruinen

    September 26, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Direkt neben unserer Unterkunft sind die Maya Ruinen Cahal Pech gelegen. Das Service-Personal unseres Hotels empfinden diese Ruinen als klein. Wir fanden sie trotzdem beeindruckend.

    Kurz bevor wir fertig mit Besichtigung waren, fing es heftig an zu regnen und Gewittern. 😳Read more

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Cayo District, Cayo