Adventures in Belize

Belize was no short of a crazy, leisurely, bicycling, barracudas for lunch, snorkeling with sharks and sting rays, sunburn-intense, island-hopping, washboard dirt road, waterfall-filled, hiking-in-the-probably-too-dangerous jungle adventure. First we visited Caye Caulker, a small 8 x 1.6 km limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean, followed by what can only be described as a crazy, intensely rugged (especially with sunburns) dirt road excursion to the Mountain Pine Ridge in the Cayo District Belize where we ended up at a resort called Hidden Valley Inn and hiked to several of the waterfalls on the 7,200-acre property. Despite being completely obvious tourists in a not-nearly-rugged enough rental car for the terrain, we didn’t run into any trouble. But that wasn’t the case for some fellow travelers staying at the same lodge who were actually robbed at gunpoint by bandits during a sight-seeing trip and ended up being the source of a travel advisory against Belize!