Monday, Feb. 23
Arrived at Punta Gorda, Belize in the early hours and after breakfast boarded a tender for a very bumpy ride to shore. It was quite thrilling actually, although some on board were not impressed! We saw an iguana in the trees by the shore but no time to capture it on film.
|A stella at Nimi-Li-Punit|
This is a quaint, rustic boarding house in Placencia. All the houses were painted pastel colours and had multi-coloured signs outside.
|The Ball Court - most sites had one.|
Back to the ship for lunch, buffet style, while the ship sailed up the coast to a small seaside resort called Placencia. Another tender ride to the dock and an hour or two browsing the shops - didn't buy anything - and wandering the beach. The sand was beautiful and the sea a light greeny-blue. Gorgeous, the most Caribbean of the places we had so far visited. Belize used to be a British colony so the official language is English. The toucan is its national bird, although we didn't see any.
Overnight we once again sailed north to spend another day in Belize at the Cockscomb Nature Preserve. The rainforest was very impressive but little in the way of wildlife to see except for some parakeets and a few paw prints in the mud. We had a long hike to a waterfall where we had a dip before heading back.
Yes, that's me in the pool, cooling off after the hike!
Another lecture that evening on the Mayan to prepare us for the next day's site.