|Flying to Belize City|
Flying into Belize City, we arrived at the municipal airport rather than the Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport. The driver Diane had arranged to pick us up met us next to the airstrip. There is bus transportation to San Ignacio from Belize City but the buses are not air-conditioned and most are vintage Bluebird buses, so not the most comfortable. Bus transportation is cheap but there is a trade off, so you have to let your budget be your guide. Taxi rides from the airports to the bus terminal can be fairly pricey, so that has to be figured into the calculation. We thought the $75 for a round trip shuttle cab trip was very reasonable.
The last time we visited San Ignacio was 10 years ago. At the time Diane and David were living in a home they were renovating and we stayed in a little thatched roof hut they had built. As tour guides extraordinaire, we
were taken to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala, the Belize Zoo, Tobacco Caye for snorkeling, canoeing in Barton Creek Cave with a guide who pointed out the Mayan artifacts, tubing on the local river, a road trip to Seven Sister Falls, and an excursion through the local Mennonite community. In other words, they ran themselves ragged showing off Belize.
|Harry, their "pet" iguana|
|San Ignacio Produce Market|
Staying close to their new home in Bullet Tree Falls, we hung out on the back porch, watching the river flow by and five-foot iguanas and grey-necked wood-rails munching on handouts. Venturing into San Ignacio to visit the produce market and to a lovely Christmas dinner hosted by their friends, Robin and Betty (where we had an opportunity to meet several of their friends) was the extent of our excitement this trip (by our choice.) Our Belizean friend, Dilsea, prepared two dinners for us, Belizean Stew with Rice and Beans and Belizean Barbeque Chicken; those meals were a highlight.
|One of the local alarm clocks|
One of the things we have found we can count on when traveling in Mexico and Central America is being awakened by roosters and/or barking dogs throughout the night. This trip was no different. In most situations you can leave your alarm clock packed and count on the local animals to rouse you before dawn. But to be on the safe side, we nonetheless set our alarm for the morning we were scheduled to return to Florida. It was another great visit, and this time we brought back the best souvenir of all. Diane returned with us for a five-week visit back in the U.S.
|Dilsea at her store|