Another day of flats fishing in Belize!
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Julia Kocubinski
Our guide Benji picked us up super early this morning, and we cruised out across the water before sunrise. Evan spent the day fishing, I spent the day relaxing, reading, sleeping and dipping in the …
The butterlies and moths are huge
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Diane Dusini
Back to Playa Hermosa where we surf and relax until sunset. At sunset, the turtle project housed there took buckets full of baby turtles to the water to release them. They are so little and move so …
Punta Arenas City from viewpoint
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Dileep Bhandarkar
After breakfast, many of us went on a 3 hour city tour visiting the buildings around Plaza de Armas, the Sara Braun City Cemetery, and Maggiorino Borgatello Museum. We returned to the hotel around …
Sunrise at Turneffe Flats
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Julia Kocubinski
We had an early morning departure today for Belize City. We took our time through the mangroves, saw a couple more manatee, and then cruised the 30 miles back across the ocean. A quick and beautiful …
Jaguar footprint
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Diane Dusini
Hope and I take a run and decide to use things in the town along the way to do strength training like push- ups and tricep dips on an old cannon. I am sure people think we are nuts. We venture to …
Punta Arenas Cathedral
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Dileep Bhandarkar
After more than 24 hours travel from Seattle and 3 flight changes in San Francisco, Lima, and Santiago we arrived in Punta Arenas around 2 pm. The Antarctica XXI staff was waiting for us in baggage …
Octopus on the flats at Turneffe
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Julia Kocubinski
We went out today to the same area we had been yesterday, south of the lodge. Dion took me out flats fishing, and I got my first shots at bonefish on the flats! I had a couple on, but couldn't …
Some of us take off our own boots
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Diane Dusini
The last time we were here, we fell in love with the town and Hope actually took the initiative to find out what projects and programs were going on for children here. She connected with Barrio …
Old Hotel in Punta Arenas
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Dileep Bhandarkar
It all started with the 4 am alarm and we were ready by 5 am for the taxi to show up for the half hour trip to SEATAC airport. The flight out seemed to be on time. What a relief! But after checking …
We spent days searching for this permit! Well worth the wait!
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Julia Kocubinski
We headed out early again this morning, and headed southeast in the atoll. We came across this rather large lodge that is being built. Apparently it has been in the works for years, and is …
Princess treatment
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Diane Dusini
Surf day! We love Playa Hermosa and the weather is perfect. They have warned us the water is cold. . . 84 degrees is not this surfer's idea of cold! There are stingrays in the water though so we …
Permit on! Fishing in the lagoon at Turneffe Flats
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Julia Kocubinski
Today we went out with Dion on his boat to do some fishing. The weather was not cooperating all that much, and we spent the first hour or so just avoiding the rain storms. Luckily, they are small and …
They weren't kidding about the mud
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Diane Dusini
We have a leisurely morning and enjoy walking on the nature trails at the Lodge and Hope and Andy practice doing their yoga poses on the wooden bridge over the creek---warrior and tree out there in …
The view from the deck at Turneffe Flats
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Julia Kocubinski
We decided to take a down-day today, and just hang out at the lodge. We read our books, swam in the pool, wandered along the beach and did a little flats fishing right in front of the lodge. I had …
Arriving at Bartola
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Diane Dusini
Ever since our first trip to Nicaragua, Hope has been dying to go to Solentiname. We figure we are never going to get closer to those islands than we are now, so we arrange a boat trip there for the …
Leaving Belize City at sunset
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Julia Kocubinski
Evan got to do an extra day of fishing today! Turneffe is training a guide and since there was the space, he got to go out with Willy, one of the oldest guides at Turneffe, and Kimbral, who was just …
Unlikely friends
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Diane Dusini
After our action packed day yesterday, we sleep a little later and then Hope and I head to the butterfly farm where the owner puts out large pieces of fresh papaya and other fruit. Huge (I mean the …
Handling an urchin while snorkeling at Turneffe Flats
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Julia Kocubinski
We had booked a split-tour at Turneffe Flats, so we were going to do the Atoll Adventure package for the first few days and then fish for the latter half of the week. Today we were heading out with …
Graduation day on El Castillo
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Diane Dusini
Amazing day!! We took the boat down the river even further to the Indio Maiz Reserve were bored looking young army guys meet our boat at the dock for what will be the first of many checkpoints with …
Noted!
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning we departed for Belize City after a leisurely breakfast. Along the way, we stopped at the Belize Zoo and saw all the animals we hadn't seen at Pooks, like crocodile, jaguar, tapir …
El Castillo from the water
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Diane Dusini
We're up early for a beautiful breakfast then off for our long van ride to San Carlos. We stop at a roadside fruit stand and have fresh coconut water right out of the coconut---not something I can …