Our trip began flying into Belize city where we were met by Adventure Life ground crew and transported by car to Orange Walk. From here we were picked up by a boat and taken to Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Lamanai translates to ''submerged crocodile''. Our boat journey was 22 miles up river and filled with sunshine and fantastic animal sightings such as crocodiles, exotic birds and a tree lined with camouflaged resting bats.
After arriving we settled into our cabin and my son who is 10, began taking videos of the local monkeys. He was especially taken by the very boisterous alpha monkey and his 3 little babies. They lived in the tree right outside our cabin. My husband and I found our way up to the restaurant where they greeted us with home made potato soup and fresh rolls. Perfect after a long journey originating in Newark, NJ.
Later that evening we met with our guide, Mauricio, and journeyed on a night hike complete with headlamps and plenty of bug spray. This hike was quite exciting as we saw a tarantella and spiders with eye shine. I never knew that what looked like a silver carpet of ground covering were actually, spider eyes glaring at us. We were amazed!