BC: Hell | Hello to the rest of our lives as husband and wife!
FC: Belize Honeymoon 2011
1: On July 18, 2011 we flew into Belize and took a small plan to Dangriga. | Matt quickly discovered the Beliken. The Belizian beer of choice.
2: Then we took a 40 minute boat ride through the Caribbean Sea from Dangriga to the Cocoa Plum Cayes.
3: Thatch Caye Resort was paradise! A much needed retreat for newly weds.
4: During our seven day stay on the island, we rested in hammocks, read books in hammocks, and star gazed in...hammocks.
5: Island wildlife! The acouti was a rabbit-like animal that loved cheerios and opening beers. | You had to watch where you were walking so you wouldn't step on a hermit crab!
6: We snorkeled along the Great Western Barrier Reef and observed amazing marine life such as giant Caribbean Rays, a Nurse Shark and Lion Fish!
7: We passed the time by strolling along the docks... | playing scrabble and chess... | and posing for pictures.
8: The resort prepared a beautiful, private honeymoon dinner just for us. | The table was decorated with flowers found on the island.
9: Conch Shell ceviche with plantain chips | Jess, the bartender | Juanita, a lone traveler we befriended. | Thatch Caye Central.
10: We decided to take the challenging hike in the Jaguar Preserve as our first mainland tour.
11: There's nothing like fresh cacao from a cacao tree post-hike. Thanks Big D!
12: We followed the Antelope Falls Trail. A 2 mile vertical hike through the jungle. | Giant Termite nest! Matt ate termites for the second time in his life.
13: We used rope and tree roots to hoist ourselves up. Our other guide Cruz, hiked the trail for the first time in flip flops.
14: The dip in Antelope falls made the hike through the jungle worth it.
15: We collected fresh spring water to drink on our way back. It was delicious.
16: We stopped to rest and enjoy the breathtaking view!
17: On our way to San Ignacio we stopped at a Menonite ice cream place (The Country Barn), Marie Sharps Hot Sauce Factory and and the San Ignacio market. | Our second inland tour was to the Mayan ruins, Xunantunich.
18: Xunantunich (Stone Woman) | Xunantunich is said to be haunted by a ghost that is dressed in completely white with fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of El Castillo and disappears into the stone.
19: Our guide used to fly kites off the top of the ruins when he was a child.
20: Wild monkeys and black orchids! So exciting.
21: Good bye Thatch Caye! We are on our way for our adventure in San Ignacio! | Good Bye Thatch Caye! | Owner Steve Hewitt with the island managers | Children playing off the coast of Dangriga
22: Hello San Ignacio! Hello Adventure! After a grueling bus ride to San Ignacio we were ready for another hike through the jungle to explore a cave.
24: Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave | We had to swim into the mouth of the cave.
25: This cave is where the Mayan ruins made offerings and sacrifices to the rain gods during the great drought.
26: Lots of climbing, crawling and swimming during this tour!
27: The Mayan's offerings are still preserved inside the cave. | The cave was named after this skeleton.
28: The Iguana Project is a refuge for the green Iguana. Their mission is to raise and release the endangered Green Iguana. | The Green Iguana Project | Apparently they taste like Chicken.
30: Baby Iguanas!
32: Pictures of our hotel, favorite restaurants and a shoe repair shop.
33: Good bye San Ignacio! | Good bye Marie Sharpe's Hot Sauce! | Good bye Belize!