Trip to Belize, 2011

On February 22, 2011, in Galleries, by lisa
Lisa with bicycle and mangroves

First stop: Caye Caulker, a small island with a laid-back vibe. Bicycles, golf carts, and your own two feet are the only ways to get around on land. A local saw me in my sun-defying hat and shirt and called out, "Good morning, school teacher!"

Fruit juice stand

Bright colors, bright sand, bright sun.

dog and puppies

Dogs with distinct personalities roamed the streets, trotting around with such purpose that you thought they must be late for an appointment somewhere. This mama dog had her own flowered pillow under a palm tree.

baby raccoon on leash

Some pets were a little more unusual, like this baby raccoon.

coloful boat

The "Rasta" boat, and a para-sailor. Para-surfer?

Mennonite women swimming

Mennonites can too have fun!

Beware of dog

But lest ye forget, Beware of Scrumpy.

sandy path and boat

Boats are everywhere; it's an active fishing community.

Lisa on pyramid

And then we went inland, into the mountains and jungle. These are the ruins of Caracol, a Maya city near the Guatemala border.

Caracol, smaller ruins

The smaller ruins across from the big pyramid. I particularly like how the pyramid is set at the edge of the jungle -- such tasteful landscaping! -- but Luis told us that when this city was in existence, it was completely made of stone. There was so much stone, for so many miles, that they changed their local climate and ended up with a drought that killed the city.

Big tree

They grow some big trees in the jungle. This is a ceiba tree; our guide -- the super-fabulous Luis Godoy - said that he and his father used to camp between the buttress roots of trees like this.


Wild impatiens, growing next to one of the reservoirs at Caracol.

kiskadee bird

A kiskadee, which was the only bird I managed to get a photo of. We also saw parrots, toucans, a pygmy owl, a great curassow...

Farm in Belize

A picturesque farm with picturesque grey cattle, next to our friends' plot of land.

Men at hand crank

We took a hand-crank car ferry across the river. Talk about good exercise! This young man is going to end up with Popeye arms.

Rooster and tomatoes

A rooster and tomatoes, both for sale (I assume), at the Saturday market in San Ignacio.

lady at market

I bought a couple things from this woman at the market. She, and most other people, speak fluent English. Belize used to be British Honduras.

Lisa, drawing

Drawing some of the flowers at our jungle lodge.

If you have any interest in seeing Maya ruins, exploring caves, or viewing wildlife in Belize or even Guatemala, I can’t recommend Luis Godoy highly enough. He’ll tell you stories that will make you sorry the van ride is over and you’ve arrived at the pyramids! And while he’s talking and driving he’ll suddenly hit the brakes to point out tapir tracks, pygmy owls, and the spot where he helped tranquilize a wild jaguar.

While in the San Ignacio area, we stayed at the truly delightful Table Rock Jungle Lodge.  We drank gin & tonics on a deck overlooking the Macal River, with howler monkeys roaring in the jungle, and toucans eating berries overhead.

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A few highly recommended friends...

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