We had such a wonderful time, it is difficult to pick out the most enjoyable. Belize was so much more than we were expecting. The three places we stayed were so different and all wonderful in their own way. We were trying to decide which was our favorite spot, but in the end it was impossible. We loved each and every location!
The resort at Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve felt like we were being welcomed into the staff’s home. They were so warm and welcoming. Our guides were knowledgeable and proud of their country and region. It was fun to hear all they had to tell us. My favorite expedition was the visit to the Women’s cooperative in San Antonio. I loved learning about the pottery and how to make tortillas. But I think my husband’s favorite was Caracol. Not only did we get to learn about the Mayan people, we saw both howler monkeys and spider monkeys. We missed out on the natural caves, because there was a big storm and the river was too high, but we didn’t mind a bit. It meant that we weren’t too tired to enjoy the garden tour and dinner, which we both really enjoyed. And an assistant helped us pick wonderful wine with each delicious dinner.
The Inn in Placencia was also amazing. Again, our guides really made the visit special. In the end we substituted the Monkey River tour for the Banana plantation, and I am happy about that. We had a wonderful day and a delicious lunch at the little village. And the hike at the Jaguar Reserve was muddy, but really wonderful. We saw fresh jaguar and tapir prints. One of the things I really liked about all the tours is that the guides mainly seemed as if they were local and really cared about what they were showing us. And the snorkeling was super special!
The lodge in Punta Gorda was different yet again. At first we were questioning moving to a third spot, but we were so glad we did. What a special environment! And we really enjoyed both the rum distillery and bean to bar chocolate tours. We decided on our last night to do the sunset river cruise. It was really a great way to say goodbye to Belize.
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