We arrived in Belize city at 5.20, just in time to dash across and catch the 5.30 sea taxi to Caye Caulker.
It’s a gorgeous Carribean island about an hour from the coast, we have a room 10m away from the sea,surrounded by white sand and coconut trees! Its about 31 degrees (bit too hot really!!) but there is a nice Caribbean breeze in the evening.
Last night we went out and ate Barbecued lobster and Snapper (Fish) which was freshly caught that day. On the way home we found a coconut and managed to get into it with a penknife. We mixed the coconut milk with some Mexican rum and coke and sat on the front porch looking at the moon light.
This afternoon we are off swimming and looking for more coconuts !
Hopefully we will stay here for a few days before heading inland to Guatemala.
We arrived in Chetumal last night after a 7 hour bus journey. We were helped out by a very kind Mexican man in the Bus queue who managed to get us a ticket on the bus after we were told it was full. As the weather here is great (30 and sunny) we are going to stay on the coast and go to belize for a couple of days in Caye Caulker, a tiny island off the coast. Here is a pic of the main street
We are now off to get the midday bus to Chetumal, which is back on the Carribean coast. Its a 8 hr journey so we should be there this evening and from there we can either travel to Belieze for a few days or go on to Guatemala if the weather by the coast is still bad.
We have come to the town of Campeche http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campeche%2C_Campeche for Christmas.
It is a quiet town on the Gulf of Mexico coast but was one of the first places conquored by the Spanish.
It was a port used by Carribean Pirates and is where the name “cocktail” comes from ( a cock tail is a type of long grass used to stir a drinks)
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We have travelled west to Merida, the capital state of Yucatan, and the weather is getting hotter, we have been for walk around this morning and it absolutely sizzling. Got a lovely hostel with hammocks in the garden, and kitchen where we have just made ourselves some tortillas with refried beans for Dinner.
There are lots of christmas decorations in all the streets, including snowmen and very large christmas trees, and I think we will know all the words to rudolf the red nose reindeer in spanish by christmas; as it is playing it all the shops. So even though it is so sunny we are feeling quite christmasy. It sounds very cold back home, it is hard to believe that this is the coldest time here.
We are looking forward to the weekend here as the centre becomes blocked to traffic, and there should be dancing and music in the streets. ThenI think we are going to head to Campeche for christmas, which is a really pretty village by the sea on the gulf of mexico.
El Castillo the main complex in Chichén Itzá