|One the overnight bus from Playa del Carmen to Belize City|
The bus then sprinted on
time in the direction of .
As soon as we got to the final bus station, we hopped into a taxi headed to the
water taxi terminal to get the first crossing to Caye Caulker. Belize City
|The Caye Caulker hotel private jetty behind us|
|Gaffa relaxing in our private hammock|
Benedict was actually very friendly and offered to take the 4 of us out the next day on a private fishing trip where we could catch our own fish using a line, go snorkelling and attempt spear fishing, then for dinner we would eat the fish we’d caught that day. Sounds good for 100 bucks per couple!
|our local Belizian friend|
|woo hoo! first catch of the day!|
|Gaffa trying out the spear gun|
Next the fisherman drove us to another secluded location where we had a brief go at lobster spear fishing. The spoils were pitiful, so we moved on.
When we drove back to Caye Caulker island – the locals side of the island (which is largely undesirable) where Maverick and Gaffa were shown how to scale and gutt the fish. This was a smelly and messy endeavour! Quiche and I decided not to partake in this messy task, but watched instead.
|Men hard at work, preparing our dinner|
For dinner that night we discovered these local tacos that were only 1 BZD each. We ordered 5 small tacos each, one of the cheapest dinners ever, only 2.50 USD each! They were good too, with some local Belizian hot sauce on top.
Since diving was out we booked ourselves onto a cave tubing excursion and a visit to some Mayan ruins. On the postcards, cave tubing looked exciting and fun. But when we got there, we were a bit disappointed. After a walk through the jungle, where there was thick mud, and my thongs broke which Gaffa fixed (yet again!); we finally got to a river. We were tied together, each lying in our own tube, and pulled down the river, going through caves. We were expecting extreme rapids and a bit faster floating down stream. But it was still nice and relaxing floating down the river, being pulled by our tour guide. We had lunch at a local restaurant in San Ignacio.
Afterwards we went to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. These were located close to the border of
When we reached the top of the ruins, we could see across into Guatemala .
These ruins was also built on a particular location such that, when
you slowly bring your palms together across your body, you can feel a magnetic
force between your palms. Pretty cool! It is thought that the Mayans were descendents of the Chinese. Makes sense, because all the rooms in the ruins were small (for short people), and there is a large population of Chinese living in Belize. And Mexicans look like Latin Chinese....That night we were dropped off in Guatemala and stayed in a
Chinese hotel with large beds, a bit of a luxury for us. Belmopan
The next day we headed south to Dangriga, and took another water taxi to Tobacco Caye. We were told by some fellow tourists that this Caye was a small quiet island to visit and relax for a couple of days. When we got there we found a cabana to stay in. They did not have any air conditioning or fans, but we were promised strong winds from the ocean to cool us off at night. There were however, lots of mosquitos. The mosquito net with holes in it did not help. 3 meals a day was included in the price of the room of 35USD each. So we had tacos for lunch then wandered off to explore the rest of the island. About 15 minutes later, we had walked all around the island – that’s how small it was. We spent some time swimming in the water and sun baking on the deck. But we were soon bored... So we decided to cut our stay short and head back to the mainland the next morning.
|our private cabana|
We then headed further south to Placencia. We were told about the lovely white sandy beaches. We are spoilt in
|beach in Placencia|
|Hot sauces galore!|
After Maverick and Quiche headed for their respective airports, Gaffa and I took a water taxi to Caye Caulker again. We were really determined to dive the Belize Blue Hole. We booked our day trip with Frenchies Dive Centre. It was an early 5.30am start and took about 2 hrs to get to the Blue Hole. The first dive was on the Blue Hole itself. We were used to the Egypt Blue Hole, with lots of colour and marine life. But this Blue Hole was different. It was dark and murky with little marine life. Except there were staligmites and staligmites at 40m, and also loads of sharks swimming around.
The second dive was at Half Moon Caye And we also did a third dive at The Aquarium. The diving in
was good, but it’s not somewhere I would come back to. There was some marine
life but not an abundance of it. Belize
Back at Caye Caulker, we spent the rest of the time swimming at the
and lounging around
at the Lazy Lizard. We were ready to head back to Split and continue on with our
Central American travels. This time instead of taking the bus from Mexico Belize City, we decided to try the ferry from Caye
Caulker, via San Pedro to Chetumal in , and then take a bus up to
This process was a little bit more expensive, but a lot easier to get back into
Quiche took the bus from Mexico Belize City back to Cancun, and we were told that it was also an easier
process than the reverse route. We had to pay an exit tax as we left and a
tax for the national park. The ferry ride was alright, and on the dock at
Chetumal we were met by sniffer dogs going through our luggage. We decided to
pay a bit extra also to get a direct shuttle from Chetumal ferry wharf to our
hostel in Tulum. It saved us getting a taxi to the bus station, then the bus to
Tulum, then another taxi to our hostel. We booked a week’s stay in Mama’s Home,
and were going to explore more of the Cenotes in Belize Mexico
Until next time, Adios Amigos!