Languid Rivers, Spooky Caves
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Now then, Belize. Many of those I met on the road were not going to Belize because it is viewed as expensive. Well, that depends on where you go. I understand that the world class destinations Belize has to offer are quite expensive - some of the Cayes on and around the Barrier Reef are such places, but San Ignacio isn't and there are some great things to do around there. Indeed, I wish I had more time there.
San Ignacio itself isn't spectacular and I spent my first day there in bed utterly exhausted after the ridiculous temperatures in Tikal the day before. That turned out to be the best sleep I got in that bed as it was totally uncomfortable. For some freakish reason, half of the mattress was supported by wires and the other a hard, flat board.
Thank You Ray Mears and Ray Goodwin
So, I get up the next day still feeling drained and groggy. I get some breakfast and begin to be warmed by a relatively cool 35 degree celcius day. What can I do when I am recovering from too much sun in a hot climate? I know, let's go for a 4 hour open canoe trip up the river. Idiot.
I blame Ray Mears. I went on the Ardeche trip on this site (underneath the expedition courses) in May of 2005. Whilst it was a fabulous journey, and an experience I will remember until I get old and forgetful, it did ruin my knees for months.
Touring an ATM? Xurely that is dull?
English speakers are stupid and can't say Actun Tunichil Muknal, so we get to go to a cash machine instead.
But for me, the natural beauty of the place far outweighed the experience of walking in the footsteps of long dead humans. It was very much like Semuc Champey in that respect, but with less wandering in rivers where you can't see sharp rocks. And we got to eat termites on the way in which taste strangely like carrots. And got to see flocks of indigo birds sweeping out of the fields as we passed. Belize really is a lovely place.