Monkey and Maya Mania

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The quickest way to get to our final Central American destination of Cancun in Mexico was to go through Belize so decided we would stop it off and check it out for 2 days.

Arrived in Belize City and being a capital city in Central America we decided to get the hell out of there asap. First thing you notice in Belize is all the black people as there was a huge slave trade her as it used to be a British Colony, second thing is it Queen Lizzie, yes her face is still plastered all over their currency.. ah we missed her...thirdly the accent, Carribean English is a language in itself... tougher than Spanish.

Most people come to Belize to go snorkeling in the coral reefs but Belize is not a cheap country especially in the real touristy places so we decided to just head to Orange Walk to check out the Maya ruins at Lamanai, trying to avoid all the tourists again.... managed to stumble into a lovely hotel with the nicest owner ever, she brought us down cake she just made, then showed us to our heavenly room, air conditioned, clean and all fancy soaps, comfort yes, budget out the window but hey... p.s name of it Orchard Palm Inn if any of you happen to stumble that way...

Following money we set of for our tour of the ruins at Lamanai, not cheap at $45,this involves a 2 hour boat trip down the New River, it was named the New River because of all the new people locals used to meet on the river. The highlight of this trip and of Belize was when we stopped to feed the spider monkeys... but these monkeys were not shy, they came into the boat to get their lunch, amazing sight, they just sat down, ate and tried to rob one or two cameras and then just left.

The Lamanai Maya ruins are relatively under developed as only a few of the temples have been properly excavated, our enthusiastic guide to the point of scary, he asked questions every few minutes just to make sure you were listening explained all about the site that goes back to 16 BC, we got to climb the tallest temple and at the summit there was an impressive view across the jungle to the nearby lagoon. Also the mask temple which contained a huge masked structure taller than me, lunch and then back up the river back to Lamanai.

Met a lovely English couple on the tour and the owner of our hotel drove us to a restaurant, nice food but the only problem was we were the only customers and it was karaoke night, this was Costa del Sol gone wrong... the Karaoke man never offered anyone to sing, he just keep singing all the cheesiest songs in a really bad Carribean accent, we just had to get up and leave and try and find Guinness somewhere else, yes they drink so much Guinness here but only problem is it is the old style stout bottles that are nowadays only used for the Christmas cake...

Then disaster struck again, a trip to the bank machine and our card gets swallowed... no we have no card or money between us... this time Stephens Dad has to bail us out through Western Union... God Bless family.... time to leave our bad luck behind in Belize and get to Mexico...
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