Back from Belize

I am back home after a week away in the tropics of Belize, where I explored the Cayo District, an area with mountains, caves, rushing rivers, Mayan ruins and jungle stretching deep and untouched for miles to all compass points. Each day was literally a new adventure, as I joined groups and went solo to hike, mountain bike, cave, swim, and track animals and birds.

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Bird watching with local guides

The trip was based for the most part from Black Rock Lodge, an eco-lodge on the Macal River in the Mayan Mountains. We drove or hiked from the lodge to reach sites around San Ignacio and into Chiquibul National Park, a remote preserve that’s part of the largest remaining contiguous block of tropical forest north of the Amazon.

I am working on two stories from this trip. For now, here are a few images from the adventure.

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A hike along the Macal River

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Carlos dines on a termite for lunch

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Downtown San Ignacio

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Looking into the Mayan Mountains at the Macal River

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Dry bag sealed and ready for a watery caving adventure

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Belize Zoo

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Preparing to snorkel off Caye Caulker

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View from the prop plane on my way out of the country