My home island of Ambergris Caye isn’t known for agriculture. Years ago, there were coconut plantations but now tourism is a way of life in San Pedro. On much of mainland Belize though, that is not the case. Head up north and you will see papaya and sugar cane fields, to west, you’ll pass miles of cattle and farmland and when you head over the Maya Mountains towards Dangriga, the hills roll with citrus trees.
I was warned to watch out for the latex…the sap that drips from the banana plant. It’s a permanent stain to anything it touches.
We head out to the field…a beautiful manicured path was waiting. And I was worried about wearing flip flops. The banana plants (NOT TREES) are huge and really, really pretty.
That process goes on indefinitely. Mother plant gives bananas…chop her down for the next generation to grow.
The plant is basically water…but has a special structure to keep it strong. Apparently cardboard boxes were designed after banana plants.
Banana Jeopardy…I await your call!
This guy trims the banana flower and the baby bananas that will never make it to full saleable size. Apparently he did NOT heed the banana latex warning.
Sorry guys, you’ll never have a chance to become bananas. You’ll just never be good enough.
Information about the tour:
Even though it has rained the night before HARD, I did not get any mud on me. There were no bugs that I encountered (and Evin has bug spray AND sun screen – Banana Boat! – for you if you need it). It’s not hot…you are under the shade of the plants or in an Air Conditioned room.
This tour is SUPER FUN and you can be back to Placencia or Hopkins by lunch-time. If you are in any way interested in learning new things, finding out how every day items are produced or just seeing something different, you will definitely go bananas.
For information, check them out on Facebook – Bunches of Fun Tours. Right now they are running tours on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturday. The price is $15US for adults and $10US for kids. A pick-up from town is $20US (round trip) and free if you can gather a bunch of 6 or more.
Plus, look at these cool free stickers I got.
Oh yes…and one more thing! Thanks so much to Sagitun Farms for donating 20lbs on banana to last month’s Placencia Half Marathon and Marathon. The perfect exercising food.
Get 10% off the regular rate for any Tropic Air flight except those that fly internationally (to and/or from Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras). When choosing your flight times, please allow 45 minutes upon landing to clear customs and to check in and pay at Tropic Air. For your return flight time, you are asked to be at the International Airport 2 hours ahead of your scheduled flight.
See you soon... you can thank me when you get here!