More from Belize

June has reminded me that I am back in the states. Typically this time of year the weather is nice here, but this year, not so much.

Rain, rain, rain, rain. It’s popular around these parts. So I go back to look at my island photos from Belize. Caye Caulker to be exact.

Take a look

When we got on the island, it was a little shocking. There we tons of people there to help us, though we were a little put off. When we came from the shock of Belize Cities bus terminal, where it seemed like a DMZ. To be honest, they also had a lot of construction there, so that contributed a lot to the over all affect. Either way I think some of the locals were annoyed that we were trying to get our bags without assistance.

Main Street

Main Street

First thing after getting into our rented house, FOOD! So we found a little place to eat on the east side of the island. They had a nice dock where we could watch the sting rays swim around.

Boat docks easter side of the island

Boat docks easter side of the island

The next morning we got up and starting walking around the island. The water was more beautiful the second day since there were some rain storms two days prior that kicked up the surf. All I can say, Gilligan was an idiot for trying to leave the island. Anyway, who names their kid Gilligan?

More of the east island

More of the east island

If one keeps walking North on the island, they get to a place called “The Split” where swimming is common and a person can get a bucket of beers. The split occurred in the 1960s during a hurricane. It washed out a narrow part of the island, so now the island is separated.

View from "The Split" on Caye Caulker

View from “The Split” on Caye Caulker

We took a day trip on Ragga Muffin tours and did some snorkelling. That was very nice and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t like swimming in the ocean. The reefs were amazing in color as well as all the sea life.

We were watching this little guy try and get into the drinking water containers. We wasn’t successful but he was persistent. This bugger is actually the raccoons in Belize.

Some island locals

Some island locals

The house we rented had a nice porch and a deck above it that required a little climbing skill to get up the ladder with rum drinks in hand. This was our view of the sun going down.

View from our foor top verandah in the evening

View from our roof top verandah in the evening

Even the view from the water taxi leaving was very nice. The guy at the water taxi told me a story of one of the kite surfers speeding along to shore the previous year. I guess the guy didn’t slow down, hit the shore, then went through the building of the kite rental outfitters. Needless to say, the man didn’t recover. Watching the kite surfers speed along, it easy to see that happening.

Waiting for the water taxi leaving the island

Waiting for the water taxi leaving the island

Everyone we met in Belize was very friendly and welcoming. Thank you people of Belize, we loved it there and hope to visit again soon.

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Holiday was unBelizeible.

Belize We’ve recently returned from our vacation in Belize. Many people have asked, “Where is Belize?” Well, it’s off the Yucatan peninsula between Guatemala and the Gulf of Mexico. Up until the early 80s it was known as British Honduras.  The primary language is English, with Spanish being more prevalent as you get further inland. Closer to the gulf, Creole is more prevalent. We arrived in Belize and had a shuttle pick us up from the airport and take us to San Ignacio. We wanted to head inland to visit some of the Mayan Temples and see some of the country side. The trip from the airport to the hotel in San Ignacio was about two hours. Luck for us our driver Michael brought a cooler with some Belikin beers. This is always a welcome gesture, and helps with the long ride to San Ignacio. The one exception of course is the bathroom breaks.  Half way to San Ignacio we stopped at Amigos (one of the 300) restaurant. We had some lunch and a few more beers. We also took that well needed bathroom break. Michael told us a little about Belize, the cities were were driving through and some of the events that occur in San Ignacio. One such event is a once a year canoe race that starts in San Ignacio, and goes 100 miles to the golf of Mexico. Of course it takes several days for this to complete. They also have cashew festivals and a lot of Amish. That’s how it was explained to me.

We arrived at Rumors Hotel in San Ignacio. It was a little out of town, but a 5 bz dollar ($2.50 US) taxi ride was only about 4 minutes into town. Rumors is called a resort, but in the US sense of things it isn’t. They have a pool, but no water in it. They have a restaurant with a bar that never seems to be open. Don’t worry. We found that this is typical of many places in Belize. Some places are only open at certain times on certain days. We just weren’t very successful with synchronizing out schedules, I guess. Francisco or as they called him at Rumors, “Frankie” was very helpful in getting us scheduled, and transported there. He even provided us with some cost saving tips on a tour to Xunantunich. This saved us about $190 a person. He also booked us a cave tubing tour.

Xunantunich is a Mayan pyramid in the Cayo district of Belize close to the boarder of Guatemala. Here have a look.

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So basically one side of the pictogram face the East on the temple and the other side faces the West.  East shows the accession from the underworld and the West shows the decent into the underworld. From what I hear, they believed that is where the Sun would go at night. Crazy huh? I’ve got more and more photos, but I’ve not made the time to sort through things as of yet. I will add to the page as time goes by. Though I fear if I don’t just add it now, I will never get this up online.

 

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