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.

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.

A hike along the Macal River

Carlos dines on a termite for lunch

Downtown San Ignacio

Looking into the Mayan Mountains at the Macal River

Dry bag sealed and ready for a watery caving adventure

Belize Zoo

Preparing to snorkel off Caye Caulker

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

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.