Archive for May, 2009

Barton Creek Outpost – our memorable jungle earthquake experience..

From Belize City we drove to Jim and Jacquelyn’s Barton Creek Outpost, near the Barton Creek cave, in the Cayo district of Western Belize, where we camped for a couple of nights. If the beautiful setting in the thick jungle, near a river and the Barton Creek cave with remains of Mayan human sacrifices were […]

How lucky are we, to have been on Caye Caulker and feel that we’re over-Caribbeaned…

We drove from Placencia back to Belize City, and got there just in time for the last ferry to Caye Caulker. It was the first time we had left Don Pedro, our truck, for so long (less than 24-hours, but still…). Caye Caulker is a very  nice island, with nice beaches and a lively village, […]

Placencia peninsula – where the little stilt houses of the locals meet the luxury 5-star apartments of tourists

We drove from Crooked Tree to Belize City, but only as a stop-over on our way to Placencia, where Itai had arranged for us to meet with Taka, who lives there. We got a brief look at Belize City, the biggest city in Belize (though not the capital anymore…). OK, it’s another over-grown village… A […]

Lost in Crooked Tree, where cashew nuts come from

After Lamanai we drove to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. There’s also a small village by the same name, and we arrived late in the afternoon, just before sunset. Since there are so few roads in Belize, getting from one place to another usually means going back to where you came from and taking ‘the other […]

Lamanai – small and beautiful, like the country it’s in

We woke up to our first morning in Belize and remembered it’s actually an hour earlier than we thought, since we forgot to re-set our watches an hour back. We drove from Orange Walk to Lamanai, one of the important and biggest Maya site in Belize. Well, big is a relative thing…

You better Belize it; we are in Belize!

We knew there was a strict process in crossing into Belize, we just didn’t expect it to be so exhausting… After clearing the Mexican side of the border, where we surrendered our vehicle permit, we got to the Belizean side. I’m pretty sure it’s much hotter and more humid there, although just a few meters […]

Mexico summery – some thoughts and our best moments

We are getting ready to leave Mexico, and we have some concluding thoughts about it. The first and most important thing to say it that Mexico is a beautiful country, and the people are kind and welcoming. We’ve had the privelege to meet some amazing people and to see truly magnificent places. There is much […]

Chetumal and back to Bacalar..

We got to Chetumal and after visiting a few garages for some minor car repairs, we met up with Irina, our host. When we only got to her place, she appologized and told us she had to teach a Salsa class soon, but invited us to join. It was sooo hot (Chetumal is hot and […]

Laguna Bacalar – the laguna of seven colors, and a seriously deep cenote. Oh, and a visit to a Mexican prison…

We drove from Mahahual to Laguna Bacalar, and immdeiately settled in at Casita Carolina. Most places here around the laguna are similar – a big house with a large lawn going all the way to the laguna, a small dock for entering the water and getting to little kayaks, a few cabanas, and owned by […]

Mahahual – could you get more rustic than Punta Allen? No, but it’s close..

Mahahual was our next stop heading south of the Mexican Caribbean coast. It’s much more touristy than Punta Allen, and in that sense it is more pampering, but after having enjoyed Punta Allen’s ruggedness so much, we though we wouldn’t like Mahahual and would probably move on shortly. As always, it is the people who […]