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Belize and Guatemala Tour
Sarah and I at Garcia Sisters Lodge
I had been exposed to the idea of traveling to Belize several years earlier when a friend told me about living there when her father was a missionary. I tucked this idea into the back of my mind and made four other trips before I decided to look into a trip to Belize. My husband had succumbed to esophageal cancer seven months earlier. He had give …
The next morning we got up at 6:15 to bird watch with Ben (our guide). He had worked in a national forest and was very knowledgeable about the animal life there and was an excellent birder. I had never bird watched before so it took me a while to be able to sight the birds. I had brought a pair of digital binoculars with a camera with me. We …
After another hearty breakfast, we started on a three hour drive to Guatemala. When we reached the Guatemalan border, we got our passports and walked across the border. Ben left our car and we walked across the border. The surroundings were in stark contrast to that of Belize. Poverty was very evident and reminded me of Mexico. A lot of children …
The next morning we joined our guide to the ruins. His father was one of the original archaeologists there. He was very knowledgeable, but difficult for me to understand. Before starting on our tour of the ruins, he showed us a small model of Tikal. Tikal was discovered in 1848 by Ambrosio Tut. There are still many uncovered ruins there.
Most of …
On our return trip to Pook's Hill the next morning, we stopped at Clarissa Falls and ate lunch. Very good! Due to the recent heavy rains the week before our arrival, we were not able to walk to the falls. By the time we arrived at Pook's Hill, we were tired from the drive and got out and stretched our legs and had a delicious cup of hot tea. We …
This morning, Ray asked who would like to take a trail ride and I have always loved horses and used to own a couple so I was ready for this adventure. Six of us went horseback riding through the jungle. My horse was named Frank and he was very nice. We got to lope our horses on an open field and not do the slow walk which people usually do on …
After another hearty breakfast, we left at 7:30 AM and stopped by the Belize Zoo on our way to Belize City to catch our flight to Ambergris Caye. This was a great experience. We got there when they opened so we got there ahead of all the tour buses. The animals were in their natural habitat and I almost felt like I was seeing the animals in the …
This morning the sky was overcast as we went out in the boat. Our guide, Chobo, was a young native who grew up there and he could dive and swim like the fish. He was quite the cut up and he took us out to Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Chobo would dive and bring up a manta ray for us to touch. There were nurse sharks all around …
After breakfast , we packed our clothes and souvenirs (I had bought a Christmas ornament and a watercolor) and we were driven to the small airport where we boarded the puddle jumper to Belize City. The airport in Belize City was decorated for Christmas this time and we were told that Christmas was very popular in Belize.
There was a very long …
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