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Hopkins

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  • Day121

    Belicean scenic route

    January 6, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    What a great day of cycling today! From Belmopan, we turned South in order to get to the Carribean again. The landscape changed to hills/mountains and jungle - really cool and scenic! After about 20km, we already had our first stop at Blue Hole National Park. For 8 Belize Dollars (4€), we could see a cave and visit the Blue Hole, a cenote in the middle of the jungle. And we were the only people there!
    Our next stop was a lunch stop in one of the villages along the road. The people were very friendly and wanted to know all about our trip.
    We were going to stop at a waterfall on the way, but as it there was an entrance fee again, we decided to continue and rather have more time at the beach later. As we finally had some nice tailwinds, rolling into Hopkins, our stop for the night, was quite easy. The town is very nice and relaxed. Quite some guest houses, but not packed with tourists. So a great place to stay!
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  • Day526

    Zwischenstopp in Hopkins

    July 16, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Einmal quer durchs Land, kamen wir am späten Nachmittag in Hopkins an. Das verschlafene kleine Dorf liegt südlich von Belize City direkt am karibischen Meer. Im Süden Belize‘s trifft man vor allem auf die Volksgruppe der Garifuna, deren Abstammung indige Kariben und westafrikanische Sklaven sind. Ein kleines bisschen Afrika und irgendwie fühlten wir uns auch wieder zurückversetzt zum tollen Kontinent auf der anderen Seite des Atlantiks.

    Ansonsten hatte Hopkins nicht wirklich viel zu bieten, es gibt eine Hauptstrasse und einen Strand. Der Strand lud leider nicht zum baden ein, er war ähnlich wie auf Caye Caulker voll mit Seegras. Dazu haben wir auch erstmals erfahren, dass es ja Regensaison war während unseres Besuches. Es regnete immer wieder den ganzen Tag über. Ausser dem Strand entlang spazieren haben wir nicht viel unternommen, der Ort ist beliebt um zu relaxen.☺ Die grösste Freude hatten wir an unserer eigenen Küche (wieder einmal ein Upgrade im Hotel bekommen🤗) - nach zwei Wochen Reis, Bohen und Chicken freuten wir uns auf Selbstgekochtes. Es gab Älper Magronen - so gut wie es eben ging mit den lokalen Lebensmitteln.😋

    Mit dem Bus ging weiter nach Dangriga, von da aus suchten wir ein Boot, welches uns zu unserem nächsten Ziel bringen sollte. JAA - wir sind wieder reif für die Insel.🌴🤩
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  • Day222

    Hopkins

    October 29, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Mit dem Boot fuhren wir zurück von Tobacco Caye nach Dangriga. Diesmal klappte alles und wir erwischten wie geplant den Bus nach Hopkins. Wie in Guatemala sind die öffentlichen Busse auch hier meist alte Schulbusse aus den USA. Eine knappe Stunde später erreichten wir Hopkins und machten uns auf die Suche nach einer Unterkunft. Am Strand wurden wir fündig, ein Gästehaus mit Blick auf den Palmenstrand, was will man mehr!

    Leider regnete es den Nachmittag über immer wieder, sodass wir uns erstmal im Zimmer bzw. in einer Hängematte auf dem Balkon verkrochen und lasen sowie andere Dinge erledigten: Fotos übertragen und aussortieren, Blogeinträge schreiben und die weitere Reise planen. Abends hatte es aufgehört und wir ließen den Tag in einer Strandbar bei Cocktails und leckerer Pizza ausklingen.

    Am nächsten Tag bekamen wir die volle Ladung Sonne ab! Wir legten uns an den Strand bis uns das zu langweilig wurde, dann fuhren wir mit den Fahrrädern los um den Ort ein bisschen zu erkunden. Viel gibt es da allerdings nicht zu sehen, weshalb wir sehr schnell wieder in einer Strandbar landeten. Ups 😂 Wir genoßen den restlichen Tag in der Sonne und waren im Karibikrythmus mal wieder angekommen.

    Zu Abend aßen wir in der gleichen Bar wie am Tag zuvor. Diesmal kam eine Trommeltruppe, die das typische Trommeln der Garifuna aufführten. Die Garifuna sind eines der verschiedenen Völker die in Belize leben. Sie stammen von westafrikanischen Sklaven und indigenen Kariben ab, und den Trommelrhythmus haben sie offensichtlich im Blut!

    Wir hatten beschlossen, Belize wenn möglich am nächsten Tag zu verlassen. Es gefiel uns zwar gut, aber alles war sehr teuer und Preis-Leistung war oft katastrophal. Sämtliche Ausflüge auf die wir noch Lust gehabt hätten wie eine Höhlentour oder der Besuch einer Mayastätte wären unglaublich teuer gewesen, und gleichwertige Sachen kann Mexiko sicher wesentlich günstiger bieten! Also vamos a México! Es war ein langer Reisetag, von Hopkins mit dem Bus nach Dangriga, von Dangriga mit dem Bus nach Belize City, von dort mit dem Bus nach Corozal im Norden von Belize. Weiter gings mit dem Taxi zur Grenze. Zwischen Belize und Mexiko mussten wir einen Kilometer laufen, aber dann sammelte uns ein Grenzbeamter mit seinem Golfcar auf und nahm uns mit. Und schon waren wir in Mexiko. 😊

    Belize ist ein friedliches Land mit sehr freundlichen und vor allem extrem entspannten Einwohnern, zudem das einzige englischsprachige Land in Zentralamerika. Die Inseln sind wirklich traumhaft, nur die Preise haben uns die Lust genommen, länger hier zu bleiben. Wir waren etwas überrascht, weil der Standard nicht höher war als in Guatemala, aber alles ungefähr das Doppelte gekostet hat. Dafür kam bei uns wirklich Karibikfeeling auf, und die Tauchgänge am Belize Barrier Reef gehören für uns zu den schönsten die wir je gemacht haben. 😊
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  • Day93

    Karibik Flair in Hopkins

    January 26, 2020 in Belize ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Nach einer schönen Busfahrt sind wir heute gut in Hopkins angekommen, einem kleinen verschlafenen Ort mit creolischem Einfluss - wir haben es uns am Strand und bei einem leckeren fangfrischen Fisch ( nicht der Stingray auf dem Foto!) gut gehen lassen 😎☀Read more

  • Day6

    Hopkins - Day 1

    March 16, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Thank the good lord no snakes were in my mom's mattress last night, because i don't think there's enough wine in this country to make things ok.

    After breakfast we headed to St. Herman's National park which had a self guided cave to venture into. So Alexa and I put on our headlamps and i outfitted mom with a flashlight. On the jungle hike there, Alexa twice saw a lizard "Alfred" that runs upright on two feet! I really wish i saw that. She has a weird knack for spotting all creatures.

    We finally reached the opening of the cave and started descending down into it. And mom suddenly had a moment where it looked like she was thinking "i have seen this movie and it didn't work out so well for the tourists" and she announced she would not be going any further, which quickly progressed to "i will see you back at the car", and off she went. So Alexa and i descended deep into the pitch black cave. It was pretty eerie and cool at the same time.

    After collecting mom in the parking lot, we drove to a jungle swimming hole called the blue hole. We all jumped in and cooled off. Alexa and i noticed a small cave downstream and waded over to it. The echo as we approached was awesome, so i walked into the cave yelling silly things and a flood of bats flew out and scared the crap out of me.

    From the swimming hole, we drove a bit further down the hummingbird highway to Billy Barquedier National Park, and hiked through a dense jungle trail to a waterfall and swimming hole. Alexa and i had fun climbing the rocks at the waterfall and mom decided a nearby boulder needed some company and watched us splash around.

    On the walk back, Alexa was leading the way maybe 15 steps ahead when she turned around terrified and started running towards us. And then ran right past us. Mom and i looked at eachother wondering what she had seen, so we stopped dead in our tracks. Alexa was hysterical and we could barely understand a word she said for quite a while. Finally we understood she saw a huge black snake with yellow spots curled up on the trail. I went over but there was nothing there. It probably took off the other way just as fast.

    Hopping back in the car, we drove to Hopkins, which is a authentic garifuna community (jamaican) with gorgeous beaches. So we settled in quick and altered between hopping waves in the ridiculously warm waters, and lounging back in beachside hammocks. Topped off by an awesome beachside meal. Great day.
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  • Day7

    Hopkins - Day 2

    March 17, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    The plan today was to have zero plans. I think we executed it beautifully. Slept in late and then found a tiny (one table!) breakfast place around 10:30 and had the worlds best grilled cheese sandwich, with turkey and ham and peppers and onions and mayo. Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Then spent a few hours splashing in and out of the water, watching pelicans dive bomb fish in the ocean in front of us, swaying in hammocks and playing with neighborhood dogs that begged for our attention.

    Mom was content to stay by the beach near our cabana while Alexa and I walked up and down the coast both directions. It was almost entirely local resident homes in both directions with the odd cabana rental and a huge resort that seemed too pristine compared to our amazing natural and secluded slice of heaven. Seriously, this is idyllic.

    Later we all went to a nearby (hmmm) restaurant/pub/shack called Driftwood for supper and also for st paddys AND to watch the garifuna drumming performance Hopkins is famous for. Stayed for a few hours of drumming and then off to bed early as we have a big day tomorrow...
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  • Day8

    Hopkins - Day 3

    March 18, 2020 in Belize ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Was hoping to leave early today but Alexa was sound asleep until 9am so i was content to get a late start instead. By the time we had breakfast and got groceries, it was well after 11. Mom decided she's had enough jungle and opted for another beach day.

    Thank god we have a jeep. The road to Mayflower Bocawina National Park was an uneven and bumpy dirt road. Got some good information from the park warden and started our hike up to 1000ft antelope falls through the dense jungle. Took about 30 mins to reach the base of the falls and it felt amazing to stick our feet in the cold water as it was really humid and a relatively steep walk.

    Then it got harder. To get to the top of the falls, it was much steeper and there were ropes to haul yourself up the trail. Another 30 minutes later, we reached the top and jumped into a natural swimming hole. There were a few more cascading falls just above the swimming hole that i climbed while alexa wrote in her journal.

    After descending, we drove a bit deeper into the park and hiked the much easier Bocawina Falls trail which also had a nice swimming hole at its base. We cooled off there and horsed around on a natural waterslide i found and headed back. There was an upper bocawina falls above that one, but we were tired.

    We grabbed a relaxing drink at the park's jungle lodge and headed back to Hopkins. Didn't see much wildlife. I saw one of those upright running lizards on the way in, tons of leaf cutter ants and we could hear the roar of the howler monkeys at the jungle lodge.

    Got back and found mom relaxing on the seaside front porch, reading a book. Had another great meal at a local spot and we all were in bed early.
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  • Day9

    Goodbyes and prepararion

    January 19, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Hannah and doug up early to make the drive back to Belize City. Quick walk to things for coffee and they are off. Go on a run, first to the the end Of the road north and then back disown south. Ominous clouds but nothing comes of it. Food shop for our island adventures and then hit the beach. Water calmer. Dine at queen beanRead more

  • Day11

    Always look on the bright side of life

    January 21, 2019 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Small craft advisory and continued rough surf kept us from heading to the atoll. Go for morning run to inform others. Breakfast and then long beach walk followed by reading on the beach. Occasional sun breaks. Hard to complain as certainly better than Portland in January and at work. Dinner of shrimp and pasta. Hope to go tomorrowRead more

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