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Feb 10, 2015 - Crooked Tree river trip to Mayan ruins

The group got up at 5:30 for an early boat trip on the lagoon for bird spotting. Since I knew there would be a surfeit of these opportunities, I preferred my sleep and got up for breakfast at 8:15. Then we had an hour’s bus ride to the landing for the river trip to the Mayan site – a bus trip that probably took two hours. Our bus driver is a keen bird spotter so every few feet was a new opportunity – seeing also a turtle on the way. Pity he didn’t watch his oil levels with the same keen eyes as the next morning we set off late as he had no...

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Jan 7, 2012 - Crooked Tree

Today we got up early and took another ancient school bus from Orange Walk to Crooked Tree. We are staying at the Crooked Tree Lodge which is in the village of Crooked Tree which is in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Crooked Tree is an island. There is a causeway over to the island and it is surrounded by a huge lagoon. The owner of the lodge kindly picked us up at the highway junction and drove us the remaining four km or so to our cabin. The cabin is very basic but it is located in a beautiful setting right on the lagoon. There are...

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May 3, 2011 - Crooked Tree & Lamanai

After our excursion to the island paradise, we set straight for a known campsite (thanks again Rough Guides) in a place called Crooked Tree (completely forgot to ask why it's called that!!). The bus dropped us off at the end of the road to the village and we (Ric) decided to attempt the 8km walk. As it tuns out walking in the blistering Belizian savanna with little water and heavy rucksacks is a bad idea. What we got a was a very desolate village with a stunning view of a nature reserve lake which was nearly all dried up. Due t the water...

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Apr 6, 2009 - Crooked Tree and Lamanai

The first place we visited on our trip was Crooked Tree (this country is full of places with great names). On the way there we stopped at a wildlife sanctuary for a walk through the forest and got to see some howler monkeys, which was great. The next morning was a trip to Lamanai - a place we had really wanted to visit. It's a Mayan site - one of the longest occupied and not fully cleared, so jungle all around. You get there by going 30 miles down a river. This was a combination of going slow spotting all the birds along the way and a fast...

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