Road Trip to Cayo - Belize Zoo and Lunch Break in the Capital

Belmopan Travel Blog

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going over the swing bridge in downtown belize city

I met my driver Dion in the lobby at about 9am, and we headed out of Belize City by way of the Swing Bridge (last of its kind in the world - it is swung open manually every morning by 4 or 5 guys to let boats and ships through!) and downtown.  The Belize Zoo was the first stop - they didn't so much create the zoo, but rather just "fenced it in"... it's pretty authentic and looks more like a wildlife reserve than a zoo, as the natural habitat of these animals is just that - their natural habitat, just fenced so we could see 'em better! 

I tagged along behind a group of people who a guide and kinda listened in a bit as we went through the different animal exhibits.  I've always loved the tapir, so it was cool to see them.

...then i saw this sign!! which should be at the beginning of the tapir exhibit not the end! =P
.. until Scotty peed on me!!!  It was like someone shot a watergun at me, I was like "what the hell??" and then I see the sign posted AT THE END of the exhibit... haha (see the picture).  Other than Scotty the tapir, we saw spider monkeys, pumas, tigers, ocelots, crocodiles, jaguars, macaws, toucans, a harpy eagle, and more..  cool zoo! 

After the zoo, we were on our way to Belmopan.  Everyone says there's really nothing to do in Belmopan, but being the capital city I was determined to see it, and hopefully find something of interest.  While it's true it wasn't the most exciting city, it was cool to see.  It was a very spread out and sparsely populated place, with the main market and government plaza in the center.

cool sculpture in belmopan's main plaza
  We drove around and saw the old government buildings, with the parliament built to look like a Mayan pyramid, but in a very 60's concrete style... it looked a little dated, but you could get the idea.  In the center was a cool red and blue sculpture that I liked.  Our main goal was to make a pit stop for lunch, so we parked in the main market plaza and went to a restaurant called Calladium.  Now that was some good chicken, rice & beans!  Best meal yet in Belize.  I also had a really good fresh papaya milkshake that totally hit the spot in the hot weather!

On the way out of the city, we passed a lot more of those stilt houses again that I mentioned in the Belize City blog... almost all the homes were built that way, no matter how far inland you go, it's very interesting to see.  Well, that was it for Belmopan, and it was time to continue on to the Cayo District and Xunantunich, which was definitely one of the major highlights of the trip!

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going over the swing bridge in dow…
going over the swing bridge in do…
...then i saw this sign!!  which s…
...then i saw this sign!! which …
cool sculpture in belmopans main …
cool sculpture in belmopan's main…
street scene in downtown belize ci…
street scene in downtown belize c…
entrance to the belize zoo
entrance to the belize zoo
the belize zoo
the belize zoo
these cool signs were all over the…
these cool signs were all over th…
spider monkey!
spider monkey!
spider monkey in action
spider monkey in action
pretty flower
pretty flower
we thought this guy was fake until…
we thought this guy was fake unti…
i waited so long for this guy to t…
i waited so long for this guy to …
cool pathway at the zoo
cool pathway at the zoo
tiger in the tree!
tiger in the tree!
ocelots lounging
ocelots lounging
scotty the tapir was cute til he p…
scotty the tapir was cute til he …
lovely 60s architecture of belmop…
lovely 60's architecture of belmo…
govt building in belmopan
gov't building in belmopan
belizes parliament in belmopan, b…
belize's parliament in belmopan, …
outside belizes parliament house …
outside belize's parliament house…
on the steps on belmopans parliam…
on the steps on belmopan's parlia…
my cool driver dion, in front of t…
my cool driver dion, in front of …
more government buildings
more government buildings
the spankin new US embassy
the spankin new US embassy
residential area in belmopan
residential area in belmopan
the GAR DEN city hotel, haha
the GAR DEN city hotel, haha
belmopan, garden city
belmopan, garden city
outrside the market in belmopan
outrside the market in belmopan
belmopans bus station
belmopan's bus station
stilt house
stilt house
stilt house
stilt house
stilt house
stilt house
Belmopan
photo by: bluemarbletreader