Five Days in Cayo, Part One: The Lodge at Chaa Creek to San Ignacio Town to The Deep Jungle
I’ve been back on Ambergris Caye now for two days. After 5 amazing AMAZING nights spent in Belize’s Cayo District…the largest district in Belize, smack in the middle and bordering Guatemala.
Here’s a slightly odd looking map. Cayo is in green.
Jungle, mountains, rivers and lush greenery…basically many of the things that Ambergris Caye is not. But that’s the beauty of Belize – it’s all in this tiny country.
I reported back on my visit to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Eco-Camp for 24 Belizean kids. And about my AMAZING overnight camping in the heart of Belize’s jungle – the great Chiquibul – and the heroes that are protecting our few baby macaws from poachers. And even some of the restaurants in San Ignacio.
But I took lots more pictures. I mean LOTS. And here is a wrap up on Cayo (well half of it) before we get back to the sun and the sand of San Pedro.
And here is a more detailed map of the area with some of the other places and areas I visited.
First let me show you where I was staying at gorgeous Chaa Creek.
Cottage no. 4. Sigh…
And my lovely porch with a view of the Macal River.
The beautiful outside bar and lounge area just up this path…
Early morning was for birding…and I went on a short trip my last day in paradise.
And the pool area. Camping is rough 🙂
Cuties nesting RIGHT in a pool umbrella.
On to my next stop. I had one night in San Ignacio town to stock up on food and water for my 24 hours in the Chiquibul and do some re-packing. For $39US a night ($30US w/o air conditioning) – the Western Guest House was excellent. Right at the quiet end of Burns Avenue (the “main drag”), with a HUGE common area, coffee in the morning and a spotless room…what more could I want?
Another delicious meal at Guava Limb Cafe was in order…and it is two blocks further down the street from the guesthouse.
I passed some infusing rums…
I love LOVE the artwork…
My iced tea with sugar syrup.
Just behind the cafe is a huge beautiful park…and someone was grazing their horse and her pony.
I decided to stop by Artemis Glass…and followed the sign off the main road.
I ended up going in the totally wrong direction and straight up hill…passing an old hospital. A property that could house the most amazing haunted house of all time. I would have gone in for a closer look but the shutters started creaking in the wind…seriously scary place.
And a thick piece of coconut cake. Energy, really, to go find Artemis Glass.