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Belize Part 3- Rivers and pine forests

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Caves Branch
Before our jungle adventures (and the resulting heat exhaustion) we had planned to do the ATM caves, where you hiked through the jungle and then walked and swam through caves for hours to finally get to a cave full of Mayan skeletons and pottery. The Mayan believed caves are the entrance to the watery underworld, and would leave…

Belize Part 2- “I think I hate the jungle!”

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About an hour into our three hour hot, humid, jungle hike in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Sam was telling me a story about how when he was a kid he dreamed about exploring the jungle. Who doesn’t want to be Indiana Jones when they are young? Movies like Swiss Family Robinson make the jungle seem so adventurous and…

Belize Part 1- Me talk Spanish one day

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I don’t know if you have ever read any David Sedaris books. His book Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his time living in France and struggling with French, reminded me of my on going struggle with Spanish (I took French as a second language). In Mexico, I am a dumb four year old trying to put three words together.…

Goodbye Belize, Hola Guatemala: Tikal Ruins

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After our adventures in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve we made our way down the mountain into the town of San Ignacio and the Clarissa Falls Resort and Campground.  We used the raft on the river as a launchpad to cool down and clean off the sweat and dust from the mountain roads before our border crossing the next…

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

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What do Canadians do after spending some good quality time at the beach?  Head into the mountains, of course!  From Hopkins Village we took the gorgeous Hummingbird Highway across Belize with a slight detour through the fascinating area called Spanish Lookout, otherwise known as “Little America.”  All of a sudden we came through the jungle and into what looked like…

The Road to Hopkins Village

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We (Richard, Ashley, Wilson, Sarah) were sitting down to dinner at Backpacker’s Paradise when Wilson proposed the unpaved Coastal Highway as a route to get to Hopkins Village the following day.  After a teeny bit of hesitation, and some Google imaging, we decided to go for it.  Boy are we glad we did.  Apparently words like “worst road ever,” “lots…

Caye Caulker

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We honestly didn’t know if we were going to head to Caye Caulker or not.  The island is a fantastic tourist destination and was bound to be expensive.  We went anyways and it was worth every penny.
After saying a quick goodbye to the truck we left Backpacker’s Paradise and headed towards the water taxi dock.  An hour ride on…

I Can’t Belize We Left Mexico

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Yes, we did it.  Funny blog post name about Belize:  Check!  We spent 4 months in Mexico and, although we loved it, were ready to explore some new territory.
As soon as Ash’s parents were on a flight back home we blasted out of the Yucatan ASAP.  It was time to get on with our regularly scheduled adventure.  Our last…

Belize It Or Not: Rainy Days and Changing Plans

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I can’t really see out the front window but I like watching the trees fly by.

Hey everybody! Sorry it’s taken me a while to update my blog. This has been a decidedly strange time for the Big Adventure. After spending what felt like forever in Mexico, my favorite new place in the world, we were on a whirlwind through…

Belize – Guatemala bordercrossing with dog and foreign car

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The bordercrossing between Belize and Guatemala was our first crossing that we did not do on a Sunday. It just happened that we were not ready to cross yet on Sunday, but did not want to wait almost a week either. We had always heard that crossing borders on Sundays is somehow easier, quieter, more relaxed. We were curious to…

Belize!

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As soon as we cross the Mexican-belizean border, the atmosphere changes. At the customs building and the car insurance office, they played reggae Christmas music. Relaxed rasta people everywhere. We get thumbs up from people on the street. Smiles everywhere. We felt comfortable immediately. We are in the Caribbean! Rum is cheaper than soft drinks and the food finally gets…

Mexico – Belize bordercrossing with a dog

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We crossed the border between Mexico and Belize on a Sunday. Before being able to cross the Belizean border with a dog, there are quite a few hoops to jump through though.
The first thing you need to do is contact the BAHA – the Belize Agricultural Health Authority for an import permit for your dog. If you forget to…

It’s official ! Belize is Happy.

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You read it here first, and we’re happy to tell you.

The Travel Channel has just officially acknowledged something that we’ve always known – Belize is one of the Top Ten Happiest countries in the world.
A new Travel Channel article,” World’s Top 10 Happiest Countries”, uses the 2013 global Happy Planet Index to compile this year’s list of the top cheerful…

Southern Highway (Mile 14)- Belize/Guatemala Border Road Project.

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More great news here in Belize.
The Government announced today that a contract valued at BZ$47,995,867.50, to be financed mostly with foreign debt, has been awarded to Cisco Construction for the upgrading of 23 miles of road in the Toledo District, from The Dump in Big Falls Village, located at Mile 14 on the Southern Highway, to the Belize-Guatemala border,…

Belize Lobsterfest 2013! You should’ve been there !

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Lobsterfest 2013
by Guest contributor James Kelley

It’s just after dark, there’s a slight breeze coming in from the Caribbean ocean, I’m on the beach listening to live music while thousands of people devour tasty lobsters cooked in large variety of ways. Where in the world am I? If you haven’t guessed by now you probably haven’t attended Placencia’s Lobsterfest.Lobsterfest as…

Out and about

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I made a last-minute trip to Illinois this past week. I flew (obviously), which was a very strange experience after so much driving. A year ago, we were also in Illinois, and to think that one is able to cover a distance in either one year or six hours is a fun little comparison. International airports basically feel like shopping…

Move that Bus, and the chickens on it !

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I was taken aback immediately to my school days when I saw the first old Blue Bird school bus rolling through the Belizean countryside. With their bright colors, roof racks, ladders and souped up engines and transmissions these old buses will get you just about anywhere you need to go in the county. It’s funny after carting thousands of US…

“A three hour tour”

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“Five passengers set sail that day for a three-hour tour. A three-hour tour. The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the” …
I was trying to shake the theme song from Gilligan’s Island from my head, but it was not working. You see normally I’d like to kind of have a…

“It’s my money and I want it now!”

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The Belize dollar (BZD) is Belize’s national currency and is pegged at the U.S. dollar at 2 BZ$ to 1 US$ since the 1980s. U.S. dollars are generally accepted throughout Belize because of this peg. It is considered a waste of time to exchange USD to BZD. Belize dollars are also easily accepted in towns outside but close to the…

How’s that Howling working for you ?

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“Oh my, what the heck is that ?” The hair on the back of our necks stood up as we sat there in amazement trying to figure out was it a Howler Monkey or a Jaguar. I mean they (Howler Monkey’s) really sound pretty menacing. But, here we were, we had finally made it down this bumpy, rutted six mile…

Bowled over on the Peninsula !

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Lets see, there is diving, fishing, snorkeling, jungle river excursions, caving, bowling……..” Bowling” I said in disbelief ? ” Pardon me ” I said to Scott. ” But did you just say bowling, you want to go bowling?” Yes he said affirmatively. For some reason it never dawned on me that in the entire country of Belize there could be…

All cranked up in Xunantunich Belize

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Well kinda sorta almost! You see there are not many roads in Guatemala to start with and if you’re heading east out of the country there is only one road you can take, CA13 which becomes the western highway once you enter Belize. So, being very familiar with Belize and enjoying ourselves a lot while we were there, we took…

Déboires au Bélize

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D’après notre plan, le passage au Bélize devait se faire rapidement, juste un transit pour aller au Guatemala. Mais bien qu’Hannibal dise « J’aime quand un plan se déroule sans accroc », il arrive parfois qu’il y ait des imprévus…
 
Le Bélize est un tout petit pays, grosso modo 300km de long sur 100km de large, et il fait…

Guatemala

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December 22, 2011 – December 30, 2011Our paperwork was organized and we were ready to cross the border. I wasn’t sure what to expect because entering Mexico had been so easy but entering the motorcycle was a bit more complicated. We were given some documents and a receipt when we had crossed into Mexico, the documents were to allow…

Tikal Guatamala, Here we come!

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After we loaded into the Landrover, we had one more stop to make. Natalie, Mckinley’s wife was flying in to Belize City from work to join us on the expedition. We will be traveling for three weeks through Guatamala and then back into Belize for another week. The airport is small,so finding her was a breeze. We loaded her luggage…

Central America Overland Expeditions 2013-04-06 03:50:50

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We decided to have Easter dinner in Cancun Mexico. the weather was beautiful, the temperature was right, and we were feeling especially thankful for the true meaning of Easter.
The plan was to purchase ADO bus tickets for a straight through drive from Cancun to Belize city, where we would meet up with Mckinley Pritchard, a new found friend who…

The Belize Zoo

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We hadn’t planned on going to Belize but it made sense to head through Belize to get to Guatemala. The border crossing between Mexico and Belize went pretty well. Thanks to LifeRemotely for step-by-step instructions. Belize is an English-speaking country but many people speak Kriol (33%) or Spanish (46%) as their first language. We didn’t have to exchange money because the Belize…

“Unbelizable ! ” Yes we are still saying that.

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Hatchet Caye

Until now I though places like this only existed in my dreams. Nope, but here we are on the private island of Hatchet Caye, Belize ! http://hatchetcaye.com/ Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Reef fishing we did it all. Interested in joining us on our next expedition? Call or email us now for a tour.…