Category - Field Trips

excursions, adventures, activities

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Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir
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Copalli Rum Distillery Tour at Copal Tree Lodge
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Copal Tree Lodge in Southern Belize
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Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia
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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize
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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition
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A poorly planned daytrip to Punta Gorda
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Looking for Lynam Prison- another Megan misadventure
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Inland Adventure- Thieving flowers with friends
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Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids

Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir

Waaaaay out west in the Cayo District, and I’m talking waaaay out there… further west than you’ve ever been, there is a massive man-made lake.  Belize has 3 hydroelectric plants on the Macal River and the first dam, the Vaca Dam, has created a year-round reservoir that is pristine and placid and seldom visited.  The lake is massive and some local innovators have fashioned a few pontoon boats to tour the area on. We had one of those magical days; one of those days where I catch myself…

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Copalli Rum Distillery Tour at Copal Tree Lodge

We recently enjoyed an exceptional agritourism experience in Toledo District at the Copal Tree Lodge. The entire operation, from “field to flask” as they like to say, takes place on the property.

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Copal Tree Lodge in Southern Belize

Real Life Recess reviews Copal Tree Lodge in Toledo, Belize. Often referred to as the forgotten district, a stay in Toledo might have the exact recipe for an unforgettable vacation. Exploring Toledo is similar to an Easter Egg Hunt of hidden treasures—from lesser know ruins to exclusive jungle resorts to fantastic fishing spots. Toledo is a cultural potpourri of proud, long-established communities of Maya, Mennonite, and Garifuna among others. We had the pleasure of spending a night at the charming Copal Tree Lodge, an eco-luxury resort near the town of Punta Gorda.

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Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia

Road tripping to Placencia? Plan your drive with stops along the way. I wrote about must-see spots between Belmopan and Dangriga in this post: Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way. Now to continue south; where to stop on the Southern Highway between Dangriga and Placencia.

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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize

About halfway between Dangriga and Placencia, along the Southern Highway, there is a community named Maya Center.  This village is situated at the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve and Jaguar Sanctuary.  Clean and quaint and steeped in tradition, this living cultural center is a day-destination in its own right.  Shop arts and handmade crafts at the Women’s collective, speak with traditional healers and tour their medicinal gardens, learn how to process cacao the time-honored way on a chocolate tour, and sample classic Belizean and Mayan dishes….

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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition

Itz’ana Resort, luxury hotel and residences, has just begun offering wood-oven pizza prepared hot and fresh to be enjoyed on the beach or beside the pool. You needn’t be an overnight guest of the resort to relish this experience, Itz’ana invites you to participate in pizza by the pool every Saturday and Sunday

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A poorly planned daytrip to Punta Gorda

I decided we’d jam down to Punta Gorda and have an unstructured, no-itinerary, kick around town and enjoy a nice seaside lunch.I should have planned our adventure because it was wholly disappointing. It takes about 2 and a half hours EACH WAY to drive from Placencia to PG. Punta Gorda at least has a good public playground.

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Looking for Lynam Prison- another Megan misadventure

I don’t necessarily go looking for trouble… but sometimes expeditions turn in to incidents. My friend Cindy doesn’t fully trust me to lead adventures. When I told her about an old, abandoned prison somewhere between Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Pomona village… she wasn’t overly excited.

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Inland Adventure- Thieving flowers with friends

I went on a grand adventure off the peninsula yesterday with friends. She wanted to collect some of those wild orchids that grow on other trees: Epiphytes! Orchids love orange groves. We found LOADS of them growing on orange trees throughout the Stann Creek district, south-central Belize.

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Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids

Cockscomb Nature Reserve is located in the Stann Creek district of Belize, in the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountain range. About 150 square miles of protected area was established in 1986 as the world’s only Jaguar sanctuary. Extensive trails, river tubing, and a small but informative welcome center all add to the natural beauty that abounds in this robust rain forest reserve.

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