Belize: Garifuna lessons at the beach, swimming at jungle cascades and tropical education…

At Hopkins, also a little fisher town which was recommended to us, we found a nice place to camp at the Kismet Inn. It was a little colorful hotel with Cabanas and rooms located at to the Caribbean coast in the center of the town. The owner Tricia from California and her Belizean Garifuna husband Elvis asked us, if we like to have dinner with them and other three guests. We enjoyed the familiar atmosphere and the delicious fish.

We liked that place and decided to stay one another day for a bit swimming and relaxing in hammocks at the beach. Garifuna locals were sometimes around and it was very interesting, listening to their English-African language mixture and their speaking with so much enthusiasm. Next morning we went to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, where they save a place for wild Jaguars living in the jungle.

The chance to see one Jaguar at daylight is like playing lottery and is less than one percent. But there are many great hiking trails and we decided to do the Tiger Fern Trail, which is a seven kilometers round-trip. You “climb” up to the second highest point of Belize, the Victoria Peak, with an elevation of 3675 feet (1250 m) and then the trail ends at two gorgeous waterfalls. We were glad to have our bathing shorts with us, because we sweated extremely in cause of the humidity and elevation. Also the natural pools at the cascades invited for a swim. Amazing!

Back at our van we went south to the peninsula of Placencia. The area was beautiful, but it remembered us to a cloth summer sale, how they act with selling the premises all around. We heard this town shall be basic Garifuna land, but we only mentioned one hotel next to each other and tourists getting around with golf cars. Juck! Not what we expected!

The owner of a hotel allowed us to stay at their parking lot including use of all facilities, pool and beach for free. We only had to eat one meal a day in the restaurant. They had big portions, it was delicious and the price was OK! Good choice! One day we spent suffering nearly the whole day with rain, but the second day we enjoyed the beach with brightest weather. Only at sunsets we nearly got crazy with the nasty sand flies.

Next morning we headed north again on the Hummingbird Highway, passing jungle and huge orange fields. We stopped for a visit to the St. Hermans’s Cave in the Blue Hole National Park. For us it wasn’t very special walking in a dark cave, but the entrance fee of 4 USD was worth it. In Belize they offer cave tubing at several places and also there. But they are crazy what they charge for that shit! 150 USD for sitting two hours on a tube down a river? In Mexico you get four dives at a great reef for that money!

Close to the capital Belmopan we found a nice campground at the Rock Farm. It is huge area with a bird rescue center, where they try to prepare seven different kinds of parrots for the wilderness again. Some birds were injured or held like pets (speaking “Hello!” or “Hola!” and so on) before, so there is no chance for them to survive alone in the wilderness. We were very impressed of these smart and colorful creatures.

Sophie, a nice tropical veterinarian from Canada who helps them a few days in a week, introduced us to this interesting sphere. She joined us at night and we spent a long time at the campfire talking and listening to interesting stories. Probably too much rum and wine consumption that night let us decide to stay one another day at this place. But it could be worse! The area was great and invited for relaxing.


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