A little bit of paradise
Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
60Trip End Ongoing
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Victor had approached us right after we checked into the hotel the night before, and did a great job of selling us on taking his boat to Placencia the next morning. He had fliers and business cards - really had his speech down. I mean, we were already planning on taking the boat, and it's the only boat even going to where we were going, so not sure why he thought we needed such convincing, but he did a great job. He did an even better job convincing the other 4 white people staying at our hotel to go too, since they were actually planning on taking another boat, I believe.
We all pile into the back of a pickup truck with our belongings, and we head down to the Immigration Office downtown. We get our passports stamped, jump back in the pickup and head to the docks. We have a few hours to waste, so we grab a table with our new travel partners and share stories of our travels so far. It never fails that most people I meet in my travels put my little trip to shame. There's one couple from England - both in their early 20's - who has been traveling for about 6 months or so, and they will complete an entire year around the world when all is said in done. They've traveled through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Central America and headed to North America for the final leg of their trip. Gee, why didn't I think of that 10 years ago??
So, we're ready to board the ferry to Belize. We've had our passports stamped, given our passports to the lady at the ferry when we bought our ticket, and now we all line up as our names are called to once again be checked in to board. The Honduran style of inefficiency remains with us to the bitter end. Even after a 2.5 hour ferry ride, which was calm, beautiful and breezy, we arrive at Mango Creek, Belize to go through their immigration and still have to endure another 1.5 hours of sitting and waiting. I have no complaints, however, because I know that Honduras is behind us for a few months and we are moving on to a new leg of our journey.
We finally get through immigration, take the ferry another 15 minutes to Placencia, and walk to find a hotel. Our first stop is Omar's Guest House - shabby lodging with shared bathrooms, but affordable enough for us to agree to stay one evening so that we could get rid of our packs. They are way too heavy, and it's incredibly hot at this time of the day. We lock our things in the room and walk to find a new place for the next few nights.
We check out tomorrow morning, and we're moving on to San Ignacio for a little bit more of a jungle adventure.