Awoke to singing birds outside our cottage on Pine Mountain Ridge. The Hidden Valley Inn is truly remote, quiet and peaceful!
Headed out on what can only be described as a primitive road for the 2 hour ride toward the Mayan Ruins of Caracol. Along the way we stopped and explored the Rio Frio Cave.
We were really excited to explore the ruins at Caracol. In the past we have visited Mayan ruins in Mexico (Tulum, Ek Balam and Chichen Itza), Guatemala (Tikal) and Honduras (Copan), so we knew we would enjoy it. It was hot out today, abotu 92 degrees so the ruins were nearly deserted. We were able to explore in relative peace - unless you count the howler monkeys of course!
After spending the midday in the heat - it was definitely time to cool off. We drove to the Rio On pools. Several small waterfalls and cascades perfect for splashing in!
Spent the rest of the day walking on the grounds at the inn, enjoying the flowers, reading and relaxing. Not sure what tomorrow has in store - perhaps a hike to a local waterfall.
Today was our last day on Ambergris Cay. Got up and did a brief nature walk this morning - love the little rustic bridge in the picture above. It is always interesting to see different foliage and vegetation in tropical climates.
After that we headed out down the San Pedro beach for one last ride. Really enjoyed pedaling in the morning light!
At 11:00am we boarded a Tropic Air flight back to Belize City - below is a view from the plane. Caribbean water is so calming...
Picked up a rental car (Jeep Liberty) and drove an hour West to the Belize Zoo - forgive all the pics - I am an animal person and this was undoubtedly one of my favorite things from the trip so far:
Tapir or "mountain cow" - national animal of Belize
Random lizaard on the path
Ocelot named "Oli"
Feeding the South American Jaguar (with zookeeper permission)
Margay chilling in a tree
Petting the Central American Jaguar "Junior"
There were more animals - but those are the highlights. Interesting sidenote: all of the animals at the Belize Zoo are rescue animals or were born there. After that, we caught lunch and then drove for a few hours on bouncy dirt roads to our new hotel the Hidden Valley Inn in Mountain Pine Reserve. Got a small dinner followed by tea.
So today's photoblog will be much shorter since I started the day off with something everyone should do on vacation - snoozing in, lol! Once I finally got up I hung out reading and answering a few emails on the couch of our apartment here. Love where we are staying (Xanadu resort). It is about a mile down the beach from San Pedro, so very quiet and it gives me an excuse to walk everywhere.
Next headed out to the pool to relax a bit more - I have spent most of this vacation in a bathing suit, so I am glad I brought three...
Decided to get moving a bit more so took the double kayak out for a long journey. Given how choppy the water was today I am surprised we went as far as we did (6-7 miles) -plenty tired by the time we got back...
Got dressed up again - probably the shortest skirt I have worn in about 15 years and headed down the beach to Wild Mangos for dinner -- it was scrumptious
Finally ended the night walking around San Pedro where the "Festival of Fatima" is going on - bands every few blocks in the back of trucks (moving party) with dancers and singers...Had a large mango drink (and Ron had a dirty banana) before headed back to the apartment.
Thanks for following along on this sun soaked trip. Tomorrow we are at the beach in the morning then flying back to the mainland to pick up a rental car and head out into the Cayo. Not sure how internet will be out there but will try to keep blogging if I can. MUCH appreciation for the kind comments, compliments and accolades about the pics. For those who asked, these are from 3 sources (my iPhone, my Nikon D7000- and from my underwater Nikon shockproof coolpix).
Today was our 3rd day in Belize and it was clearly time to spend some more time in the water! We got picked up at the end of our pier and headed out on a catamaran (the SEAduced) toward Caye Caulker.
First stop to snorkel was Hol Chan Marine Reserve where we snorkeled along the barrier reef seeing lots of turtle, sting rays, eagle rays, fish and even a moray eel!
Headed back onto the cat and continued on to Shark Ray Alley:
Next unto Caye Caulker where we shopped a little, enjoyed walking around and ate a lot of cerviche!
Headed back to Ambergris Cay, rum along the way! Headed back to our hotel, then dressed up to go out to dinner. Tried out my new sundress and actually felt good about how it looked.
Hope that wasn't too many pics and that you enjoyed a photo journey through my day. Lessons learned today: apply sunscreen more often in the Caribbean! You would think after 42 years of my light skin I would remember....
Have a great day - thanks for looking!
Today was our first full day in Belize on vacation, and I must say it is HEAVEN. It was about 85 degrees today, sunny skies with just a few clouds and a light breeze. We decided the first thing we wanted to do here on Ambergris Cay was get familiar with the island so we took a 2 hour walk, down the beach and through the town of San Pedro.
Headed back before lunch and rode up the beach on bikes. Stopped at the Blue Water Grill for wonderful cashew chicken salad and then continued on up the island onto the northern, relatively deserted and quiet end. Rode our bikes (free bike, kayak, snorkel gear where we are staying) for about 2 hours.
Upon getting back to our hotel we decided there was still daylight to be had and headed out in the sea kayaks for an hour. Loved it! That was probably my favorite part of the day...
Finally, we headed in and popped into the pool here at the hotel until sunset.
It was a wonderful and pretty active day! Hope you enjoyed the photos - tomorrow will be sailing to Caulker Cay on a catamaran and snorkeling. It is possible that rum will be enjoyed on the way home....