Travelers Corner in Belize

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This is our trip to Belize. Our adventures took us from the heart of the rain forest, to one of the world\'s most outstanding reefs, and finally to its sandy shores on the Caribbean Sea.

This is our trip to Belize. Our adventures took us from the heart of the rain forest, to one of the world\'s most outstanding reefs, and finally to its sandy shores on the Caribbean Sea.

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  • 1. EXPERIENCETHE WORLD
    TravelersCorner.net
  • 2. Our trip to Belize . . .
    Situated in Central America, Belize shares it borders with Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the north, Guatemala to the west, Honduras to the south, and . . . the world’s second largest barrier reef along its Caribbean coast.
  • 3. Though it is a small country, 8900 square miles (a bit larger than New Jersey), it is a land of diverse climates. The interior is mountainous and filled with dense jungle - a rainforest climate.Along the coast and the 450 plus islands or “cayes,” the climate is similar to that of the Florida Keys.
  • 4. English is the official language as Belize was a British colony that gained it’s independence in 1981.However, it is a melting pot of cultures from around the world.Primary languages spoken include English, Spanish, Creole, and thenative languages: Garifuna, Kekchi, Maya.
  • 5. We were picked up at Goldson International Airport in Belize City by Ruben from Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. He was standing at the exit holding
    a sign displaying our name.
    He drove us via Belmopan, the capital, to Caves Branch along the Butterfly Highway.
    Our trip was 1 ½ hours and we learned quite a bit about the country along the way.
  • 6. Caves branchJungle lodge
  • 7. The Lodge!!
  • 8. A warm welcome
  • 9. Our Jungle Cabana
  • 10. Origami Bath Towels!!
  • 11. The rooms were everything one could
    want . . .
    Even outdoor facilities!
  • 12. Fortunately they provided absolutely luxurious indoor facilities as well.
  • 13. Unbridled Excitement 
  • 14. The Cabanas were awesome!
    Open to the great outdoors.
    Fortunately there was a fine mosquito mesh covering the windows.
  • 15. The Cave Journey
  • 16. A leisurely trip to the caves
  • 17. Through acres and acres of orange trees
  • 18. Preparing for a more rigorous trek through
    the cave.
  • 19.
  • 20. Explaining we’d be crawling on our stomachs
  • 21.
  • 22. Part of this adventure is climbing underground waterfalls. Unfortunately I had to leave my camera behind to pick up on the return trip... as seen on the following slide
  • 23. Gearing up to climb the waterfalls
  • 24. And without benefits of a flash . . .
  • 25.
  • 26. LUNCH!!!
  • 27. The Black hole drop
  • 28. The start of an over an hour upward journey
  • 29. A 330 foot drop to the canopy below
  • 30.
  • 31.
  • 32.
  • 33. Waiting patiently - No lunch till we all get down
  • 34.
  • 35. We made it – Now for lunch
  • 36. Thatch CayeResort
  • 37. After a few days at Caves Branch, we were driven to Dangriga and dropped off at the Esso station.Travis, co-owner of the privately owned caye, picked us up, drove on over to a lagoon surrounded by mangroves, and took us off in his boat. The boat ride was about 30 minutes.
  • 38. A hand carved Welcome sign at the docks
  • 39.
  • 40. Balin, our caretaker extraordinaire.
  • 41. Thatch Caye’s central Palapa
  • 42. Travis & companion on the internet......that’s Travis taking it easy on the shoulder
  • 43.
  • 44. Our Casita
  • 45.
  • 46. Thatch Caye: completelypowered by the sun and the wind
    ...with a little help from gravity for the plumbing
  • 47. With lighted stairs and paths
  • 48.
  • 49. Cabanas
  • 50. A baby Coati Mundi checks us out
  • 51.
  • 52. . . . mama checks us out
  • 53. Another caye resident – an Agouti
  • 54. Who loved snacks
  • 55. ... especially Pita bread
  • 56. Off to snorkel the reef, Chico points the direction
  • 57. Thatch Caye’s resident Crocodile coming in for its nightly sleep on the beach
  • 58. A blue crab is startled as we walk along the path at night
  • 59. Off to catch dinner
  • 60.
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  • 62.
  • 63. Our Master Chefs!
  • 64. A tasty lunch in one of the dining palapas
  • 65. Jaguar reefresort
  • 66. Our last destination was a resort with air-conditioning!!We were again picked up at the Esso station in Dangriga to enjoy a leisurely car ride to Hopkins, over pothole after pothole on a mostly dirt highway!
  • 67. The road from Dangriga to Hopkins
  • 68. A little treacherous after the afternoon thunderstorms
  • 69. Jaguar Reef Resort
  • 70.
  • 71. A most beautiful beach
  • 72. Back to Dangriga for the flight to Belize City
  • 73. Tropic Air took us back to Goldson International Airport.Took about 15 minutes.
  • 74.
  • 75.
  • 76. 48$ at the airport. . . But a much needed book for the long return flight home.
  • 77. Many thanks to...
    Adventures in Belize for creating a journey full of fun & adventure!
    Our hosts at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge:Ian & Larryhttp://www.cavesbranch.comOur hosts at Thatch Caye Resort:Travis & Balinhttp://www.thatchcaye.com
  • 78. Contact Kelan at Travelers Corner
    to make travel arrangements
    202-590-0373 or 800-906-6907
    Orfeel free to contact Larry or Evita at Caves Branch866-357-2698Travis or Balin at Thatch Caye800-435-2414
    Please just mention I sent you there. Thanks!
  • 79. One last note...
    I want to mention one incredible thing we learned on
    this trip... Ian Andersen, the owner of Caves Branch,
    and his wife started teaching chess
    to the children of Belize a year ago.
    The game has spread like wildfire!
    The Belize National Foundation has been created and the game is taught in every school in the country.
    Students are going on to international tournaments.
  • 80. The end