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Nov 18, 2006 - Lamanai maya ruins, Belize

After spending an unexpected day with diving we were running short on time, so we signed up as an organized trip to Lamanai. There are many maya sites in the country and I am not quite sure (michelle would know better) why did we want to see Lamanai (name means submerged crocodile), but we were not disappointed. First the boat ride to Belize city, than we were driven to the New River near Orange Walk -yes, this is a real city name-, where a small motorboat picked us up. The tour was only a gentleman who was the boat driver/ guide, who...

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Jun 25, 2006 - Bumpin and Grindin - San Ignacio, Belize

After our horrible experience in Belize City we decided that we should skip it all together and head towards Tikal, Guatemala and spend one nite in San Ignacio. Well we didn't just spend 1 nite here we spent 4. Everyone was more than willing to help us out. We pitched our tent again but this time on a Belizean resort. We made friends with the guy that ran the place. He took us to his house to watch the world cup and the same nite we went to a nite club with him. My god!!! Belizean women are crazy dancers. They actually got down on all four...

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Mar 20, 2006 - In Search of the Big Cat!

In search of the elusive Belizean big cat, the jaguar, we upped tent pegs and ventured into the remote and tranquil Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. The 40 resident jaguars now enjoy a tropical forest within this 98,000 acre sanctuary, which needless to say, made spotting any animal like finding a needle in a haystack! The jaguars remained elusive, although we saw some evidence of where they had been. We heard a symphony of birds, spotted a Brocket deer, steered clear of a peccary (an angry looking hog) and got another dose of creepy crawlies...

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Loges' Go Global

Jan 15, 2006 - San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio is known in Belize as El Cayo ("the island" in Spanish) due to its remote, "island-like" isolatioin deep in the Macal River Valley. The Macal and the Mopan Rivers merge together at San Ignacio to form the Belize River. Long before roads, San Ignacio's location at the confluence of these rivers made it a watery hub for boats carrying mahogany and chicle crops down the river to the coast. With the decline of these industries, the area shifted to agriculture and cattle ranching, and, more recently, to tourism. While there is not...

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Jun 3, 2005 - Sunrise at Tikal, and on to San Ignacio

I left the flap to my tent open last night with the netting closed, so I fell asleep watching fireflies outside my door and listening to howler monkeys and jaguars. Very cool. I signed up to do a sunrise tour this morning, which is the only way to get into the park before 6am. My guide woke me up at 4:15am, and by 4:45, we were on our way. There are three nice things about seeing Tikal at sunset and sunrise: there are hardly any tourists, it's not too hot, and those are the times when the wildlife is the most active. We climbed Temple IV to...

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Sarah Down South

May 8, 2005 - Jungle chaos

Dave: Five days in the jungle and we're hurting. Between six adventurous idiots hiking fifty-five kilometres through tropical jungle, we have cumulatively incurred two faints, two hand lacerations, two face-dives into the creek, four destroyed shoes, twelve chaffed butt cheeks and innumerable blisters, bites, and ticks. I'll take you through our last week in Belize: Jungle Calv first took us to Davis Falls for our warm-up. We all piled into an old Land Rover and bounced across arid dirt roads for four hours, stopping periodically to rotate...

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May 4, 2005 - Belize

The idea was to go to Chetumal from Cancun, and from there organise to go to the Mayan ruins of Calakmul, to the west of Chetumal. We knew there might be some difficulty in actually getting public transport to the site, and the use of hire/private taxis probably prohibitive, so it a case of sorting it out when we got there. The bus trip to Chetumal was quite OK, arriving just after lunch (though we really enjoyed burritos at a street cafe when we went exploring). Try as we might, we couldn't find anybody interested in giving us info, let...

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Feb 4, 2005 - San Ignacio

Belize is so tiny it only takes 6 hours on three buses to get from Placencia in the south to San Ignacio way out west, including the slow section from Placencia to Hopkins which is only half tarmac. Which is lucky cos all the buses here are old US school buses and they{re not very comfy. Anyway, I arrived on Friday, meaning to go to Tikal with Duke on Saturday, but whaddya know the plans changed! Duke had got to know some locals so instead we went and had a local guru show us around his medicinal garden (fascinating old bloke and who knows...

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Ruth on the road

Nov 30, 2004 - Bermudian Landing

About 60klms from Belize City this little town is home to a sanctuary for the endangered black howler monkey which is found only in Belize. I had a day to kill before my flight out of Cancun so I decided to pay it a visit. An early morning ferry from Caye Caulker got me to Belize city from where I bused it to the highway junction for the road to Bermudian Landing. The last 10 miles I hitched a couple of lifts from the friendly locals and by 1pm I was in the tiny little town of Bermudian Landing. The sanctuary itself is a preserve of forest...

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Nov 3, 2004 - San Ignacio en Caracol

Afscheid van de Belize City area. Na een paar interviews door plaatselijke schoolkinderen (Where is Belgium? Is that a country? De juf notabene!), met de rammelbus, een afgedankte US schoolbus, door naar San Ignacio. Een boeregat, maar de waarde van geld kennen ze duidelijk wel. Een klein fortuin kwijt voor de rit naar Francis Ford Coppola´s Blancaneaux. Dit jungle resort ligt middenin het Mountain Pine Ridge natuurreservaat. Een regenwoud, letterlijk te nemen. Van hieruit een tocht naar Caracol, een van de grootste Maya ruïnes met 34.000...

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Oct 29, 2004 - San Ignacio

What to say about San Ignacio... The coast is what everyone comes to see, but San Ignacio provides some the best sites anyone would want to see. The town is quite welcoming other than the endless harrassement from Cab drivers yelling ¨TAXI!!¨ as if you didn´t know what the hell they were already. Around the area (known as the Cayo district) there´s everything from caves, to cliffs, to rivers and waterfalls. The trio indulged themselves with some fantastic Sri Lanken and Cuban food at night while venturing to some of the beautiful sites...

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Jul 22, 2004 - San Ignacio, Belize

After a very bumpy ride, we made it to yet another border, and once again, we struck gold, and got a very lovely, quick entrance into Belize. After getting stamped in by the same guy who stamped me in at the airport 3 years ago, we headed for the town of San Ignacio. From here, I wanted us to take a tour of the local caves that were supposed to be amazing. Just after booking our little adventure, we were greeted by my wonderful tennis student and friend, Jacob Nelson. It was a great reunion, being unexpected and all. Jacob and I had emailed...

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