We left San Ignacio early Tuesday morning via a private shuttle. It rained hard at times but at each of our stops, the rain went momentarily away. I’m not complaining.
We got to the Caves Branch Outpost where our guide from the shuttle company got us discounted tickets with Ziprider/DEB. I really could have done without zip-lining on this vacation, not that the experience in Barbados was bad or anything, I just wasn’t feeling it again. But M’sa wanted to be able to cross it off her Bucket List so I joined her.
Unlike my first experience, this one involved “hiking” so it was more strenuous but it varied things up. They started off with a “chicken run” of 150 feet in length and two stories high so that one could decide whether or not to complete the remaining six runs of longer lengths (600 feet) and higher altitudes. The rainforest canopy here too was different and included scenic limestone cliffs.
We left Caves Branch just as the tour buses were coming in. Great luck there, not having to share our platforms with others.
Next stop, the Belize Zoo. What’s special about this zoo founded in 1983 is that the animals here have been rescued, orphaned, abandoned, in need of rehabilitation, donated, or born here. All animals (and plants/trees) are species native to Belize and it is hoped that by introducing these species to the people of Belize, there will be pride in them and a desire to protect them. After all, we do not inherit this earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. It is an interactive zoo and you can pay extra for certain privileges however we just opted for the free option of carrying a boa constrictor on our shoulders.
|Crocodile in turtle pond|
All over the zoo are smart-Alec signs such as these.