Just Across the Border From Blue Creek, Belize A Different World – La Union, Mexico

When we in Belize think of Mexico, we think of cheap prices!  tacos and Mexican beer!  big city shopping at Walmart! crowds of people! CANCUN! but just across the Rio Hondo in Northwest Belize, the town of La Union is really none of those things.

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Well…except Mexican beers.

In this neck of the woods, La Union stands in stark contrast to that view of Mexico and equally stark contrast to her prosperous neighbor, separated only by a fairly narrow river, the Mennonite villages of Blue Creek.

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Where one side is gorgeous open pasture and farm land including Circle R, the largest producer of rice in Belize, the Mexican side rises up on a scrubby cliff side (an escarpment) and the town clings to the side of it.

View over Blue Creek, Belize in the evening

A bus does go to Chetumal (the capital of the state of Quintana Roo) and you could take the winding Rio Hondo that way as well, but it seems light years away from the city.

In fact, La Union is so far from the city the residents use Belize cell phone service – Digicel and Smart phone credits were on sale at the small local shops.

Let me just get to the photos.

The one road in and out of Blue Creek.

The one road in and out of Blue Creek

Just after the gate keeper’s booth is the Police Station and customs and immigration.

Police Station, Blue Creek, Belize

And then down a small hill…to the “ferry” to Mexico.  $1bzd per person to cross.

Ferry to La Union Mexico

Apparently the river is about neck deep…so even though it looks shallow you can’t walk across…here.

On the other side, a taxi.

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And an immigration station.  We gave our names…and a few dollars.  My name, for the record in La Union, is Rebecca Cutest.

We walked along the crumbly road passing small homes…and shops.  A school and some churches.  Honestly?  There wasn’t too much to see…or too many people about.  Even though the population is estimated around 2000 to 2500.  3-4 times that of Blue Creek.

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union3-4During our walk in the HEAT, we were passed by the Federal Police and the Mexican army (they have a base in town)…patrolling.

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We walked back down to the less legal crossing in the river.

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We are in Mexico, that bank?  Belize.

Apparently the US government has been here a few times in the last few weeks to examine this pretty weak link in the border.  And it is speculated that things will tighten up very soon.

We walked back passing my favorite market by far.

One…for the name.

Super Mercado Fat Boy

Two…because of the kitten.

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And three…because of the strange reminder that you are in Mexico.  WHITE EGGS!

White eggs in La Union Mexico

White eggs are illegal in Belize.

Dripping with sweat, we headed back to modern Belize.

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Super interesting to me.  A village in Mexico that basically exists because of Blue Creek, Belize.  Who knew?  I am getting more and more inspired to travel to the small towns of Belize – the farthest corners because, well again…who knew?  In this outpost of Belize, I found a village filled with friendly people, gorgeous farm landscapes and some major industry.

Fascinating.

And before I go, as you drive into Blue Creek, you can see a cut-away in the Mexican cliff side.  Apparently there is a large cenote called Cenote Encantado that is ice cold and “bottomless”.  It’s a kayak ride down the ride or a hike into the jungle.   I MUST GO BACK TO SEE THIS CENOTE!

 

 

 





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  • mysteryboy

    Hmmmmm…illegal white eggs? .I should know this but for the life of me, cannot recall why.

    • sanpedroscoop

      I’m still sticking with my theory – to just differentiate from the imports. I’m asking around but people are telling me “because that’s all you can buy here”. Hmmmm..

      • I bet you’re right. The only thing that accounts for shell color differences is different species (breeds?) of chickens. I suspect Belize is trying to keep out the illegal imports — kinda like Hass avocados and Mexican beer. One of the things I thought was crazy about the Belize – Mexico “war”. Such a shame that the two countries can’t share more of what is good in each!

  • jack

    Any Tacos Ese!!

    • sanpedroscoop

      We were there early in the morning…nothing at the time. A really small, low income kinda spot.

  • Margaret West

    I believe white eggs are produced from chickens that are not free range. Hormones and such. Belize is awesome for their no GMOs etc.

    • sanpedroscoop

      These guys are not free range…they grow up in feed lots. Roomier than I expected but no free-range. I just googled…and it’s simply the type of chicken. I hear that in Belize, you can also buy green and blue eggs in some of the villages…

      • jack

        perhaps blue and green are not fit for human consumption, although in the states our eggs are pasteurized to insure free from salmonella, taste and of course nutrition, Maybe, brown eggs not pasteurized??

  • Linda Young

    Thank you for travelling for me. I so enjoy your blogs, and I’m not sure when and if I will be able to come back and do my own exploring. Keep it up!!