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February 2010

Rio Dulce & Livingston

Guatemala

sunny 25 °C

From Punta Gorda (PG to the locals) I headed across the Caribbean Sea to Livingson Guatemala, which proved to be the easiest exit and entry from one country to the next! Livingston is atop a hill, and saying that it is picturesque is a bit of an understatement. There was a small storm on Wednesday night and it blew the power for several hours but it wasn´t any problem. From Livingston I traveled to Rio Dulce and the trip of the river was nothing short of amazing. The trip was about 2 1/2 hours through lush jungle canyons - I´ve never seen anything like it and as I said amazed!
Arrived in Rio Dulce yesterday afternoon and checked out the "city" which is set along side the main road running in and out of the city.
This morning I visited an orphanage just across the river called Casa Guatemala and runs the hostel I´m staying at. It is a warm loving place, the only bummer is they are also feeling the downturn of the economy and having troubles with farming and offering the children more than rice and beans for dinner - nonetheless the children are all very healthy and happy. I am seriously considering doing some volunteering there later on in my trip.
Tomorrow I´m heading either north to Flores or West to Antigua not sure will decide in the morning...Immigration Office

Immigration Office

Ria Dulce

Ria Dulce

orphanage Casa Guatemala

orphanage Casa Guatemala

Posted by Hansnally 11:20 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

night night sleep tight

...and don't let the bed bugs bite

sunny 36 °C

...but unfortunately they did :( and the might have loved me more than the skeeters usually do! In Dangriga I was eaten by bed bugs in a hostel which wasn't too bad...just goes to show you!

From Dangriga I headed to Hopkins for the weekend and then down to Plancencia, today I will go to Punta Gorda and then across to Livingston, Guatemala.. Both Hopkins and Plancencia have been pretty quite places but very nice beaches down here. I must say I've just stayed in the most terrible room of all time - quite the accomplishment beating out the whole of India! I've attached a picture but it doesn't do it justice because it was far worse. Then there was the giant cockroach in the shower - thankfully I met a nice Brit that let me have one at her place in stead because this guy made the one in the Terminator look small. Then I heard a terrible story of a guy waking up with one on his eye a few days before at the place I was staying :( I didn't sleep very well last night to say the least but thankfully I have a mosquito net that made me feel a bit better...

So onto the pictures and then the boat and then the bus to Punta Gorda and hopefully bug free rooms!

Dancing on the roof

Dancing on the roof

New friend Ruby

New friend Ruby

The only nice part of Belize city....

The only nice part of Belize city....

Not so straight road

Not so straight road

Marie Sharp's

Marie Sharp's

Sunset Planeceia

Sunset Planeceia

Worst Room Ever

Worst Room Ever

Posted by Hansnally 07:12 Archived in Belize Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Dangriga

Southern Belize

overcast 24 °C

Over the last week and a half I've travelled south from Corozal, out to the Cayes, over to Belize city, and down to Dangriga. The Cayes were amazing filled with loads of sunshine, swimming, and snorkeling! I really enjoyed Caye Caulker much more relaxed than San Pedro, finally leaving Tuesday. I didn't celebrate the opening of the Olympics, but I did go to quiz night at a Canadian bar that was showing it Friday if that counts for anything. Before I left I went snorkeling and swam with giant stingrays, sharks, and turtles - it was pretty amazing! Celebrated Valentine's day with a beautiful sunset and splurged on a bottle of wine - well worth it. Timing could not have been better as a cold front has moved in as I left for Belize city. It is a chilly 24 degrees and all the locals are bundled up like it is the arctic but I must admit that I've already gone soft and am finding the weather a bit chilly as well.
I escaped Belize city after one night - it is pretty unsafe even during the day so I got back on the bus the \wednesday and headed down to Dangriga a sleeply little town about 3 hours from Belize city. It wasn't just Belize city that wasn't my thing the guy that ran the guesthouse was a crack head - seriously crack is whack and the vibe was not a good one.
I arrived yesterday afternoon in Dangriga and took a little stroll around the small town. I met a nice women named Ruby that reminds me of my own Great Grandma. She invited me up for coffee and we spend the afternoon chatting, I'm going to take come cookies around this afternoon. Today I cycled out to Marie Sharp's http://www.mariesharps-bz.com/ and sampled some of their spicy sauces - delicious! Chino (names appropriately since he is 1/2 Chinese and 1/2 Mexican) gave me a short tour. The whole trip out was on a slight incline which was not so easy with the bicycle I have for the day but the good news is that it wasn't up hill both ways :) so 26ks later I think I will sleep well tonight! Dangriga is also plagued with safety issues, and the gambling and bars frequented by the local men are seriously dodgy. Having said that I enjoyed a small local band that played at the hostel last night - drumming on the roof while we "danced" as best we could to the rhythmic beating...might have looked like we were having a seizure but honestly my inner hippie was very happy! Then a quite dinner and back to the hostel - tonight will probably be very quite as well, and tomorrow I will figure out where to go next.

Posted by Hansnally 12:16 Archived in Belize Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Island hopping

From San Pedro to Caye Caulker

sunny 25 °C

Alright the last few days I have been in paradise...or something very close see below as evidence...

an orange of a different kind

an orange of a different kind

Paradise?!

Paradise?!

Look who I found!

Look who I found!

Just in case you were wondering

Just in case you were wondering

Bob Marley Boat

Bob Marley Boat

Valentine's Day Sunset

Valentine's Day Sunset

Another sunset...but no they don't get old!

Another sunset...but no they don't get old!

Ferry from Caye Caulker

Ferry from Caye Caulker

Story to follow but heading south to placencia...I think the next stop in paradise.

Oh I heard a great joke the other day "What is the closest place to paradise?"

..... Mexico! (if you don't get it - Mexico boarders Belize)

Posted by Hansnally 08:12 Archived in Belize Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Belize

a whole new world...full of Americans?

sunny 32 °C

There are few borders which I've crossed that were fastly different from one side to the other but coming down from Chetumal, Mexico into Corozal Belize I watched one world fade into something very different and I liked it! Though I absolutely loved Tulum the over touristy Cancun I could take or leave (take at 18 leave at 28 :) ) Belize is super laid back and since most locals speak English and Spanish it is a great place to chat them up. After enjoying a day wondering around the small city of Corozal and trying out the local beers; Belkin, Belking Stout, and Light house (that is it very commie if you ask me). I got the morning ferry across to San Pedro - very nice morning ride even managed to keep the contents of my tummy in the right place. Had to walk up and back for a hour and a half before finding a place to stay for the evening but everything sorted out alright. Yesterday I spent reading and enjoying the beach with a very early night - but waking up refreshed this morning I'm going to go snorkeling on the largest barrier reef in the norther hemisphere this after noon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belize_Barrier_Reef I'm so excite! Beyond that I'm not sure I think I will head in the direction of Belize city and then onto some trekking in the jungles but it is hard to rip myself away from the beach - it is like a long lost friend that is finally back in my life and I'm in looooove!

Jesus Light

Jesus Light


Morning Ferry ride Corozol to San Pedro
Corozal, Belize

Corozal, Belize


"downtown" Corozol
View across the bay Corozal, Belize

View across the bay Corozal, Belize

The only strange thing is there are SO many Americans of the baby boomer generation here. Very friendly very nice but it is like a little colony down here and Belize is scary expensive with the Belize doller worth .5 of the American this country is making a killing off the tourism. I'm just interested to check out how the rest (and most) of Belize lives since San Pedro is a totally different world... keep you posted

Posted by Hansnally 08:32 Archived in Belize Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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