A little soggy
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The last few days have been in Belize. Its got a very strong Jamaican influence particularly in Caye Caulker where we stayed first. Its one of the bigger islands and boasts one of the longest reefs second to Australia. It didn't seem as established though, being only 23 years old, or at least the bit we went to. The pace of life is practically stationary! You can't get annoyed, thats just how it is but it doesn't take long to chill out and join them. Some of us took a day trip to the reef and did some snorkelling. We were able to swim with nurse sharks and rays. also saw a moray eel and loads of fish. one of the guides was a canadian lady who had come over for a holiday and hadn't left the island 8 years later. that seemed to be a common occurence! i can see how addictive it can be.
sinc then we had a 4 hour journey to south belize to san ignacio. we arrived yesterday and went straight out onto the river to go tubing. there were 4 rapids (small ones, not like rafting). we were told to stay right on the 3rd rapid or risk getting stuck into a whirlpool. i stayed right the whole ride just in case. unfortunately there was a kayak that had got caught in one of the trees near the end and some of us got caught in that and there was a bit of panic as 2 of the group got tangled and pulled under. All was well in the end but it shook us up a bit. Today some of the group went caving in a significant mayan cave which was discovered about 15 years ago. It has great archeological significance and was amazing. The caving itself was an brilliant but the mayan artifacts and skeletons still there were mindblowing baring in mind they dated to 500-800AD. there were ceramic artifacts literally scattered everywhere to see and we were able to see several skeletons of adults and an infant which were sacrifices to the Rain gods. Our guide was great but we were lucky also to bump into one of the archeologists who catalogued alot of the cave who was taking some students there. he gave us some extra history which was a bonus. The caving involved some swimming and climbing and a few tight spots. it seems as if i haven't been dry for 3 days. thankfully tomorrow is a dry day travelling to Flores in Guatemala. The food has been really good. From here we start eating alot of rice and beans apparently. Great! The local transport has been interesting and a little uncomfortable. Once we get into Guatemala the chicken buses become more of a frequent thing!
the group has gelled well and is a real mixture of nationalities and ages.
I hope everyone is well. i am going to try and add some photos. if it works first time they should be with this entry if not i'll do it tomorrow so you can see what i've been up to.