BC: Guatemala and Belize | Life Changing | Inspiring | Family
FC: Belize and Guatemala March 22-April 2 2013
1: The Journey Begins
2: After a day of flying we finally touched down at Phillip Goldson International Airport in Belize City. After procuring our LARGE rental car--we were off! The car was promptly spit on by some boys in a crosswalk as we made our way through Belize City. Get me out of here! | One of the first sights outside the city was a large cemetery | There was a funeral going on and it seemed the whole town had gathered | People were dancing on the graves, standing on the graves, a gospel choir, people in the street--a real send-off!
3: Once past the funeral festivities, we quickly learned that people, and buses, drive FAST and without general regard for the safety of anyone or anything! | Tom skipped two police checkpoints--we had a schedule to keep--Lower Dover, here we come! | This almost rolled off on to our car... | Mayan Mountains
4: Lower Dover is a 100-acre property owned by ex-Pats Madeline and Bill. There is a medicine trail, animals, bushman, cottages and.... | ...an entire Myan City hidden within the jungle of this incredible piece of property.
5: Tarantulas, Horseball trees, | Dogs, puppies, bathing pools, medicinal plants | Abby Road, Pineapples, Milking dogs | and a lost Mayan City!
7: Our first full day finds us heading out for a day trip to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. No cameras allowed as in 2012 a tourist dropped a camera on an ancient Mayan skull and cracked it--Nice. We hiked to the mouth of the cave, then dove-in.......we proceeded to swim and wade while looking at incredible cave formations. | Then, 700 meters in, we climbed the Maya-vator to reach the dry chamber where the bodies of tortured souls were left with clay pottery--offerings to the rain and fertility gods. Amazing what is still there and intact. Squeezing ourselves through stalactites and stalagmites, we inched our way back out...
8: The trip was off to a great start! Yummy family-style meals, fun and educational hikes and caving....Next we packed up , leaving behind two bags of clothes and shoes for local children, and stared to make our way to the Border and into to Guatemala!!!!!
9: Wow....Extorted with a smile at the border.....and safely on our way to El Remate. We are noting that people in both Belize and Guatemala like to burn things--like hillsides--without much thought. And we thought we lived with Fire-Boy! Will take a little getting used to the armed guards with large guns...
10: Our first night in El Remate, we took at trip to Flores which Tom remembers as a dirty little town. It was very lovely and bustling with locals celebrating the start of Easter Week! We now remember it for the Hyper-Marche.... | Flores | Rocked
12: Secret Vehicle
13: In El Remate we stayed at the lovely Posada del Cerro on Lago Penten Itza. Wonderful owners, staff, food, rooms and scorpions! | Great place to stay before our day trip to Tikal! | Jeep loaded with armed guards
14: Epic Dad does Tikal | TIKAL
15: The Grand Plaza
16: TIKAL--Simply Unbelieveable | Temple IV | Howler Monkeys | Spider Monkeys
17: Sacrifice!!!! | 7 Temples
18: Lord Chocolate | Local wildlife
19: From Temple IV | Temple V
21: The Ball Court
23: Tom's friend from Jone's Farm!
24: The jungle adventures were coming to an end. Time to pack it in. | One last spin around El Remate before heading for the border and the Beach! | It's a wonder anyone gets pregnant! | Full Service!
25: Back to Belize where we were granted entry without a customs declaration | We also made our way across amidst a Guatemalan Gate-Rush | We didn't want to take this ferry, but we did want to go to his birthday party--he looks thrilled. | This dog in San Ignacio is lucky to be alive | Hawksworth Bridge, San Ignacio
26: Detour to Belize Zoo--not on our way | But it is wonderful that they rescue the animals--none are wild-captured. Who keeps Ocelots as pets? | and not cheap. | Harpey Eagle
27: We also stopped at the Blue Hole. Tom got the guard to let us in after hours. | The Hummingbird Highway was beautiful. Lots of people travel at fast speeds to and from the orange plantations in the backs of flatbeds!
28: We arrived in Hopkins in the dark and in the rain--little sketchy. But Jungle Jeanie's By the Sea was beautiful, safe, guarded by German Shepherds and a little nightman | Too choppy to dive our fist day-but nobody got chopped by a dive boat prop! | Manatee Hunt! | Hopkins Police commissioner bailing his boat on his 10 mile row back to port
29: Sittee River Cruise on John and Jeanie's Pontoon boat--we rode on the roof, standard practice for sure.... | Mom spilled the run punch! | And in the true fashion of Herbruck Travels, Joby got food poisoning. Thank goodness for Travel Amoxicillin! | Ralph was cleaning fish! Beer anyone?
30: Hopkins Underwater Adventures Kids completed their open water referrals | A total of 5 dives over two days on | Glover's Reef ---Amazing
32: People like to burn things in Hopkins, too | A hard day of diving brought us to Iris' for dinner----we forgot our glass cases, though! | Joby recovering from food poisoning
33: Second day of diving with Lucie, Declan, Ralph and Tony | The dynamic duo-Ralph and Tony | The kids got certified by Dive #2 and then we had one last dive all together
34: Black Tip Reef Shark
35: Certified Sarah | Certified Joby | Certified Emily | Certified Megan
36: Epic Dad on the tiny lunch sandbar | Mask-face--lookin' good
37: Epic Dad tried a cave--ask him how that worked out | Free-flow tank--Sarah puts her skills to use like a pro. Declan was a good buddy
38: Tobacco Caye--water taxi by Happy Go Luckie | Forced Relaxation | Literally a 5-acre island with nothing going on except snorkeling, reading in hammocks and getting stung by stingrays
42: Yellow Stingray got Megan | Lion Fish are everywhere-and quite aggressive | Starfish are friendly | Coagulation | Sting | First Aid | Nurse | Tropical Delight Man | Just a slice of Heaven on the Reef
43: And the fish are friendly | Night time Glo-worm parade was out of this world!
44: Time to pack it in and head back to one more night in Hopkins | Belizian Family we met and snorkeled with | We will miss this slice of paradise | Brendan
45: Bird Cqye | Iguana | MAngroves | Pizza | Shady Mon | David and the Garfuna drum
46: Thank you, Daddy! What a wonderful vacation! We love you! | Kent-our one and only hitchhiker--Airport Security Officer, late for work. One interestng fellow! Played Dish with us--and beat us all!!!