S: Learning in Guatemala and Belize 2012 By Ari Petrou
FC: Guatemala & Belize 2012
1: Learning in Guatemala and Belize By Ari Petrou
2: Tikal National Park - Guatemala Animals and Trees | We also saw other jungle animals: lizards, Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, bats, ants, moths, birds, and wild turkeys.
3: I saw a lot of nature in Tikal. I saw a Walking stick, but I like to call it a Bug Stick. I hiked in the jungle a long time. The "big tree of nature" is beautiful and nobody can chop it down! I saw a hairy caterpillar and picked it up. Also, Quashes are really cute. This Quash, Brownie, is sad because his mother and papa were killed by predators or guys that hunt. I also liked zip lining in the jungle. It cooled me off because it was really fast which made a lot of air on me. It was really hot in the jungle.
4: TIKAL NATIONAL PARK - GUATEMALA Temples
5: The temples are a long time ancient Mayan temples. And these are things that have treasures and bats in them. I was in a water holding hole where they kept their water safe. We found the lost land and I was stuck in the rain with my Mommy. We hid in a temple. The temples had a lot of stairs and we climbed to the top of some. We used the map to find all the temples, but not Temple VI.
6: Homeless animals in Belize, there are a lot of them. I felt sad. There was a dog that gets love from people even though he is homeless. | I made friends with that dog. There was a kitty who was really really really hungry. We went to the store and got some food to feed her. | HOME L E S S AN IMAL S
7: I have a butterfly in my hand. They are not easy to catch if you have insect repellent on! | Green Hills Butterfly Farm | Butterflies drink juice out of plants and fruit with their proboscis. | I thought it was cool to look closely at butterflies and see their eyes. | A Glasswing butterfly. They are the smallest butterflies in the area of Cayo, Belize.
8: The Iguana Project in San Ignacio. ~ It was my favorite! | I held a baby iguana that just hatched. I thought they were cute. | There was a big iguana named Gomez. | They did hurt when they were on my head.
9: The Iguana Project protects the iguanas so they can hatch safely. They collect the eggs. They bring them to the place and let them hatch. When they get bigger they put them back in the wild. Iguanas will climb to the highest point which is your head if they are on you. They have sharp claws to climb wood. I also learned that they shed their skin. That means they are growing. Yay!
10: Rio Frio Cave & Rio On Pools
11: The cave was really dark so I used a flashlight. In the cave we learned a lot of ancient stuff from our guide, Dennis. The cave had bats and a beach in it! At Rio On Pools we climbed mini waterfalls. When you climb a wave it is a little rough. There are also little worms that you have to wipe off of you. You have to wear water shoes because the rock is slippery. LOL!
12: We met Ezra and his Mommy, Ilana. Ezra is from where I live in California. He is both an American and Belizian citizen. He has what is called dual-citizenship. We went to his family's house. I played with Ezra and his cousins. They had a piñata. | Hanging with Ezra
13: We stayed in the jungle with Tanya, Andrew, and Aneta. Andrew built their house! | Friends in the Jungle
14: I helped Tanya with her organic farm by watering and picking Okra. I slept in a mosquito net. Mommy cooked in the small kitchen. I played with Aneta! Andrew took me to Altun Ha to see more ruins. It rained on us!
15: Tanya, Andrew, and Aneta moved from the country Russia. We met Bernard at their house too. He is from our country, but a different State. He is from Georgia. I can find both places on a map!
16: I AM A FISHERMAN! | I learned to fish on Caye Caulker. Earl took me in the ocean with his boat. He taught me and his son how to concentrate. When I was catching a fish I saw the fish pop out. I caught 7 fish on Caye Caulker. Holy Samolies!
17: Henry was the first to teach me to fish. I cut the fish with a shell for the bait. Sometimes my fish were fighters. I had to get help from Henry. | I tried to catch fish with my hands. I also saw someone catch a Puffer fish. I thought that was impossible!
18: The Split was created in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie blew a channel through the island. We swam there. Also there are tables and chairs in the water in one spot. I was scared because there were no waves in Belize like at home. I was scared of sharks.
19: Swimming "The Split" - Caye Caulker
20: I saw a manatee in real-life! I saw it put it's head up to breath because they are like whales. I swam with stingrays and Nurse sharks. Their mouth are different than other sharks. They are kinda like suckers. James swam with me because Mommy was scared. I also saw coral reef, a sea turtle, and big fish. | SNORKELING
22: I got around Belize in some new ways. Mommy and I were crazy because she rode me on the back of a bike. The buses were all school buses. I took a water taxi. I rode a golf cart taxi because there are no cars on Caye Caulker. I also had my first motorbike ride! | TRANSPORTATION
23: Some places on Caye Caulker were different than at home. They only have a Health Clinic instead of a hospital. The library was only one room. The video game place has TVs instead of arcade games. 7-11 actually closes in Caye Caulker. Th swing at the park was a lot higher! | Community Places
24: Homework sites: at the beach, rainy day with Aneta, in a Mayan temple during a rainstorm, at my hotel, in the jungle, on a bus, on a plane, at the water taxi station, and many more!
29: "Don't go in the wild by yourself. Don't go in the real wild. Bring your parents with you. If you're on a long walk and your legs are tired don't go back because it will just be longer." ~ Aristotle Petrou