Category - Field Trips

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Beautiful Blue Creek Cave
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Stay and Play in Southern Belize
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Nim Li Punit- Archaeological site in Southern Belize
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Exploring Southern Belize
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Macaw caw!
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Island hopping off the coast of Placencia
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Sleeping Giant’s colossal cave- an ancient Maya ceremonial site
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The indescribably beautiful Sleeping Giant Lodge
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Another batsh*t crazy rappel
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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 2

Beautiful Blue Creek Cave

On our Mothers and Sons winter break adventure down south, Julia and I took the boys to Blue Creek Cave.  Our guide, Marlon, from the Butterfly Eco Park showed us how to find this beautiful wet cave that a proper full tour of would take HOURS. Julia is scared of jungles and probably terrified of caves; Mitch has the stamina of a sloth and I wouldn’t want to carry him through wet caverns and over slippery stones for hours.  So we didn’t tour inside the cave but we…

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Stay and Play in Southern Belize

In the small village of San Pedro Columbia, deep in the southern district of Belize, there is a uniquely fascinating place. If you are planning to visit the Maya ruin site of Lubaantun, arrange to stop at the Butterfly Eco Park.

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Nim Li Punit- Archaeological site in Southern Belize

Southern Belize is a little-visited, wild, and beautiful district rich in the pristine nature that Belize is known for.  It’s also an area with strong modern and ancient Maya ties.  Toledo is said to have over 30 tiny and isolated, predominately Mayan settlements scattered throughout and several established archaeological sites to visit.  The region is riddled with dense jungle and caves- imagine how many unexcavated sites are still hidden within. While none of the Mayan ruins in Toledo district boast the impressive height or huge stelas that ruins…

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Exploring Southern Belize

Toledo, the southern most district of Belize, is the least developed, least populated, and sadly: the least visited by tourists.  But it’s also one of the most beautiful districts with abundant and unmolested nature and wildlife.  Huge areas of land in this region are pristine nature reserves: national parks, forest or marine reserves, wildlife sanctuaries.  Some of these you aren’t even supposed to access without written permission from the Forestry Department. Like so many people, I had not explored this “Forgotten Land” before and I was so excited…

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Macaw caw!

Okay I have to admit, when my friend suggested taking our preschoolers to Red Bank to see the Macaws, I had VERY little faith that we’d see ANYTHING.  I mean really… who takes two 4-year-olds birdwatching?!?  I was fairly certain that the serious birdwatchers and tourists that had paid big bucks to tour companies for the Macaw experience would wish death upon us and chase us out of the forest.  But I agreed to try.  Thinking, at least it’s a trip off the peninsula and we can have…

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Island hopping off the coast of Placencia

We have some spectacular islands close to Placencia that make for dazzling day trips.  Earlier this week we joined some friends on an island-hopping excursion and it was simply a perfect day. We started off with a visit to MY favorite caye- Moho.  It’s basically undeveloped but has an abundance of picnic tables, hammocks, BBQ areas, and a bathroom.  You can make arrangements to camp overnight but it’s almost exclusively a laid-back day tripper’s paradise.  Calm and clean turquoise waters surround white sand, palm trees, and not much…

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Sleeping Giant’s colossal cave- an ancient Maya ceremonial site

Okay wow!  First of all, Sleeping Giant will astonish you with their property- the views, the rooms, the restaurant, the incredible grounds.  But they also have exclusive access to a magnificent cave and I took the tour yesterday… it’s hard to describe such a place, one of those you have-to-see-it-to-believe sort of things.  Firstly, the cave is MASIVE!  It’s theorized it’s the largest dry cave system known in Belize at the moment.  The mouth of the cave is so impressive that when our ladies group hiked to it…

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The indescribably beautiful Sleeping Giant Lodge

Let me try to do they impossible: Sleeping Giant Lodge is incredibly beautiful, mythically beautiful, has beauty on a scale and magnitude that is difficult to fathom!  It’s a magical place and I am lucky enough to wake up here this morning. My friend’s husband is involved in the planning of a new project out here (more on that to come) and for the second year in a row I was lucky enough to get an invite for a small ladies’ retreat weekend and to feel like a…

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Another batsh*t crazy rappel

The Black Hole Drop is another of those “only in Belize” experiences that is a leap off the beaten tourist path and just a bit insane. It’s available through Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Resort and is just up the road from St. Herman’s Cave and Blue Hole. Begin by boarding your jungle limosuine for a ten minute ride from the resort to the back of an orange grove. An unassuming path in to the jungle is the start of your challenging one-hour hike. Luckily our guides provided snacks…

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Apocalypse Prepping in Placencia for Dummies- Part 2

Full on foraging!  As I write this, I’m ACTUALLY drinking a Chanca Piedra tea for a daily preventative liver detox… at least I hope its Chanca Piedra.  It tastes medicinal, herbally, so I think that’s good.  It tastes like hot water with weeds in it if I’m being completely honest.  I’m probably not doing it right but we’ll just continue on with what I learned during Kim Ringland’s natural remedies workshop; and this is just scratching the surface of the wonderful and wacky world of herbs.  If you’re…

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