Belize

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary

Last Monday was a national holiday so two of my roommates and I caught a morning bus to Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. Though technically Cockscomb is a jaguar sanctuary, we were warned not to expect to actually see jaguars. Instead, we made the 5 hour round trip trek to enjoy the outdoor activities that the park offers. (more…)

Yes, that was a Decemberists reference.
Belize

O Placencia!

Oh, Placencia. It’s nothing short of pure, unadulterated paradise. Located on a long, skinny peninsula about an hour north of PG, Placencia is a quaint little town featuring flawless white sand beaches, crystal clear water, graceful palms, cheerfully colored beachfront guesthouses, and a collection of restaurants serving up excellent local seafood.

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Belize

Happy Birthday Belize!

On September 21, Belize celebrated the 35th anniversary of its independence. All month, the country has been decked out in red, white, and blue as part of the September Celebrations. The celebrations start on the 10th, the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, and stretch to the 21st. The biggest Independence Day celebration in the country is in the city of Orange Walk in northern Belize…so obviously, that’s where we went. (more…)

Belize

My First Patrol

Just a few days after my sandy beach excursion, I got to experience a different side of Belize’s natural landscape. Starting last Monday, I took three days to live at the Ya’axché Field Station. The field station is roughly an hour bus ride away from PG and serves as the home base for Ya’axché’s rangers and the Community Outreach and Livelihoods team. The field station also houses the nursery, where Ya’axché raises sustainable trees and crops to distribute to local farmers. (more…)

Belize

Punta Gorda’s Secret Beach

Last weekend I decided that I had been in Belize far too long without taking a dip in the Caribbean Sea. Though PG is a seaside town, it doesn’t really have any beaches; most of the locals go swimming off of wooden docks because the shore is rocky and unwelcoming. I had heard a rumor, however, that there was a hidden sandy beach behind the graveyard on the far southern edge of town. I had a Saturday free, so I decided to put my adventure hat on and see if I could find it. (more…)