Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Belize!

Welcome to Belize!
Here are a few pictures from our trip. The (almost) full cast of characters.
Pepe, the number two hermit crab on the island. Give that winner a kiss.






Good form, papa. That looks like neutral buoyancy for sure.


Ralph. Divemaster.




The remora (aka the sharksucker). I have a video of this that I'll try to post later.

How great is this sign?! So creative.
The wharf at Placencia.



Lots of divers...no whale sharks.

Night Hiking at Cockscomb Nature Preserve.

Caves Branch, Ian Anderson's Lodge
GIANT spider, so big in fact, that it eats fish.


Fertility goddess, caves branch.







On the way to Black Rock Lodge, Cayo District.
Fuzzy. :(






Life is pretty good right now.

Mom's tube decided to deflate halfway down the river.
Going over the falls at Black Rock Lodge.






Bats!! (Of the fruit eating variety). We also saw one vampire bat. Very Cool.



Mercedes, the sneaky horse. She kept turning around to give me the hairy eyeball stare.
So, I seem to attract animals. I shared my bed the first night at Black Rock Lodge with a cute little mouse named Phillip. The second night I went to put on a pair of shorts that I had hung up to dry outside and discovered this guy. Of course, I only found him after I had put my shorts on. It was a surprising discovery, to say the least.
Mama.
This is how dad spent most of the trip.
This is me! Look at those buff arms! That girl must have been on the crew team for eight years.
Papa, hanging out on a log.


Oh, how I wish this picture was in focus! It's a rail, right mom?

Black vulture.

The butterfly house at Chaa Creek Lodge. They raised blue morphos, morpho pleides.

At the Pacific Science Center, we used pins to attach the pupae to the boards. They use tape, which doesn't look as good.

Yep, I like bugs.


Cicada pics. Slightly overexposed but cool nonetheless.

This was called an aquatic toad. Giant.
This, my friends, is the snake that I almost stepped on right outside our cabana. It was at least four feet long!


Karin at Vaca Falls

white hawk (slightly fuzzy. It's hard balancing both the binos and the camera at the same time)


cicada.

I wonder what type of butterfly this will be...




2 comments:

  1. Fab pictures, your really look like your enjoying yourselves. When were you there? We are wanting to go to the southern part of belize. i found your blog while simming pictures of Ian's lodge. We will be there about 8 or 9 days with limited budget. We were thinking 4 days at ians and a couple of days at placencia.Got any tips or other recommenations. You must travel alot. So much fun. Adventures are wonderful!!

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  2. Hi Cathy,
    Our trip was really lovely and we were fortunate to have some nice pictures to show for it. This was our second trip to both Belize and Ian Anderson's lodge. We went in December 2001 and our most recent trip was in April 2008. You'll have a lovely time no matter where you go. As for recommendations, Ian's is good for a couple of days: you'll want to for sure do the float trip through the caves. They also offer a couple other day trips (and a fantastic bird walk) but 4-5 days seems like a lot. Ian's can be pretty crowded (especially the day trippers) and I think that you might run out of things to do while there. That's my two cents. We stayed in their new tree houses which were really neat but also quite close together. We had a noisy family next door and it made for a rather loud experience. As for Placencia, it depends on where you stay and what time you go. It's not a pristine beach and we concluded that we would have been disappointed to have stayed there if that was the 'beach' portion of our trip. The beaches aren't great, it's constantly windy and the snorkeling isn't great. If you can afford it, I'd head offshore to one of the islands for that portion of your trip. We stayed at the Green Parrot in Placencia which is fairly inexpensive and has ok (but not great) food. We were there to go whale shark diving and after two days we were ready to head out. If you can swing it, I'd recommend heading north instead of south. Black Rock lodge in the northern part of the country is INCREDIBLE. We were there for four days and we weren't bored for a minute. There are so many caves and ruins in the area, it's located across from a national park, there are incredible animal and bird watching opportunities, and the river provides canoeing, swimming, and tubing activities. I highly recommend this place. Ask for Nadia. The food is also great. If you're looking for dirt cheap accommodations in the south, I'd recommend staying with one of the Mayan families in Maya Center near the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve. The accommodations are very very very bare bones but the people are lovely and welcoming, the food is excellent, and the nearby jaguar preserve is an excellent spot to go hiking and view nature. Also, if you can swing going to the Belize Zoo, its fun and a good way to see a lot of the native animals that you probably won't manager to see in the wild. Anyway, hope that helps. Good luck with your planning and feel free to pepper us with more questions. All of the places we stayed have email addresses and they're really good about getting back to requests for information regarding specific details.Good Luck!
    Sonja

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