Cave Tubing and Pine Forests (including the Attack of the Ants); Belize City and Belize Zoo; Caye Caulker (for the snorkelling and the diving); and the Final Goodbye.
28.05.2012 - 04.06.2012 30 °C
After leaving Guatemala we stopped first in San Ignacio, a little Belizian town close to the boarder, whilst here we went on two tours. The first day we went on a caving tour via tube (the inflatable tire type). It was lots of fun, we floated through two large caves, and got off in the second one for a short hike, and then we floated for half an hour more through the jungle, a very relaxing and yet fun filled day.
For our second day tour we went with the same company to a different area of Belize, to the Pine Ridge Forest, and we stopped firstly at the Rio Frio Caves which were very pretty.
Following this we stopped at two different water falls, the second where we went for a lovely refreshing swim.
On the way back from our swim, we stopped to take a photo by the sign (as you do), and I got attacked by fire ants! I have about 40 bites on my arm and they stung like crazy and then itched like crazy for days, was really rubbish, they are only just starting to fade now!
After San Ignacio we stopped in Belize City, we’d been trying to avoid it because we heard it was not great, but Helen really wanted to visit the zoo, so we didn’t have a choice. The city did not disappoint, it was horrible in every way, from the taxi driver and the hotel man who tried to scam us, to the food and drink. It really was not the best place and to add insult to injury it was expensive; but the zoo made it worth it. We saw various big cats as promised in a lovely leafy setting whilst eating ice-lollies.
A Big Cat
The next morning (Thursday 30th May) we happily left Belize City on the first ferry across the water to Caye Caulker (another Caribbean Island) and I have been here since.
The streets of Caye Caulker and Me and Helen at the Split
The first day we wandered the streets, visited the shops and swam in “The Split”, the second day we went on a snorkelling trip and saw turtles, huge sting ray and sharks, the third say three was another lazy day and on the fourth Helen left early in the morning for her flight back to Costa Rica, was very sad to say goodbye we have had an amazing three months together and then next part of my trip with seem strange without her.
So I’m now on day three without Helen and I have for the most part been relaxing; catching up with people on the internet, writing my blog, enjoying the warm weather, watching films and eating Cadburys chocolate (which they have in Belize, and it is the real stuff!)
Yesterday, I dived the Blue Hole, which was one of the main reason I wanted to come back to Central America in the first place and it was awesome. The dives were great, the company I dived with was very professional and I had a really enjoyable day (apart from the sea sickness on the way out, and the inevitable putting on of the still damp wetsuit). But the food was great, the dive sights were brilliant and I saw two huge sharks (which were thankfully swimming in the other direction), we stopped at a beautiful little desert island for lunch, and we got rum punch to celebrate when we came up from the last dive. It was the perfect end to my three months of travel.
Tomorrow is my flight to Costa Rica where I start on my charity project with Raleigh. The first three months have been a lot of fun, but I am ready to put down my bags for a while now, and I am excited about doing Raleigh again! Wish me luck for my first day!