Belize

Overnight bus to Belize City did the job as it was a 9 hour journey. Left at 1am, hit the Mexican border at 4am and the Belize boarder at 4.30am. It was an experience to say the least! And they are certainly not short of guns in this part of the world.

Upon arrival into Belize City we got absolutely mobbed by taxi drivers, tour guides and salesmen. To the point I was using my handbag as a weapon!

Luckily we befriended a chap from Chile who is a Rastafarian and whilst walking with him we didn’t get harassed at all! Bonus!

Wondering through Belize City, it was nothing like I imagined.

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There is a huge Caribbean influence on the country and a lot of American retirement homes. The contrast from house to house was unbelievable. There would be a huge mansion next to a shanty town.
There is also still a huge British influence as Belize only gained full independence in 1981! So there was no need for our spanish as everyone spoke English!

Anyway enough with the history and on with the planning…

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As we sat in the dock and read up on where we wanted to go, Caye caulker kept popping up so on the boat we went.

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As we arrived it was pretty glum but perfect when your loaded with bags and looking for accommodation.

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Our new rasta friend took us across the island to this hostel… It was a little more up his street than ours!

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But it was perfect for a few days, we had our own little hut complete with geckos!

We spent the first 2 days mooching around, eating and drinking.

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And a spot of sunbathing and sunsetting

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Even took a canoe out and watched the sunset. Joe, myself and our Dutch friend.

We took a boat out to the reef on the third day and went to 4 snorkelling spots.
First was shark and ray alley which was where there were sting rays up to 4 foot (scary as hell) and brown nurse sharks that were 5 foot long (petrifying!!!)
The second was where a 100 year old turtle lived and some more giant rays. The turtle was old and blind and bit one of the ladies on our tour!
Third was very shallow reef with alsorts of fish. Rainbow parrot fish, butterfly fish, puffa fish, damsel fish etc. We also saw a moray eel which was HUGE! And was hiding from 4 sharks.
Forth was a ship that sunk in the war and had fish living in the wreck.

Unfortunately no photos as we forgot both cameras….

Anyway, some more arty farty from Joe.

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All in all, Belize was incredible and was a little taster to the Caribbean Coast. We learned a lot about Rastafarian culture from Rodary Rasta and then watched him get arrested for smoking pot.

On to the next!

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Tulum, Mexico

Good morning/afternoon/evening depending on where you are in the world!

Upon arrival into Tulum there was finally some sun!!! However our arrival was probably the most chaotic so far.
We had been recommended to stay in Big Moma’s Home in Tulum which sounded fun and we booked it online a few days before aririval. Turned up around 6 with our rucksacks and decided to walk from bus to hostel.
Big Mama had no clue we were coming and I’m pretty sure she didn’t know how to use the internet! She called us a taxi and bundled us off to another hostel that she owned…. Turned out to be horrendous!
Seeing as it was late and we were tired we just went with it. When we woke up to glorious sunshine the horrendous hostel seemed to get better. We got given breakfast (which obviously made me very happy!) and free bikes to go riding around. We shortly discovered Tulum was STUNNING!

What more could we ask for?

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2 for 1 Capariñhas and books on the sand.

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In the evening watched a local band and turned some street food… Delicious!

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The next day we met some people from holland and went cave snorkelling in the Cenotés . The Cenoté was full of stalactites and stalagmites, which are the rock formation in the caves like long fingers poking up from the bottom and pointing down from the top.
This cave was crazy as it was very low and you had to swim with your hand on top of your head the whole time to make sure you didn’t bang the rock formations.
We dove in 3 different caves including one called bat cave… Pretty scary!

(Joe has filmed it all on his GoPro)

Back to the beach for a few cocktails and Joe played football with the locals.

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Then watch the sun set with our new Dutch friends

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Had a few drinks at the hostel with Marcell who we met in Isla Mujeres.

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All packed up and onto Belize! Wish us Luck!

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

From cancun we took a ferry over to Isla Mujeres which is known as the best beach in Mexico. It is a tiny island that took us 10 minutes to walk from one side to the other!
I’m not one to complain about the weather but it absolutely sheeted down with rain from the minute we got there to the time we left… No beach for us!
However, Joe did some arty farty pictures…

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And we used the time to catch up on our food and drinking habits.

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First day we sipped on sol and munched on BBQ king prawns and lots of guacamole

Luckily on the second day of being on the island we found ourself in a little reggae bar sipping on sol watching the rain pour down

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And our friend CJ walked past….

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This led to us drinking excessive amounts of tequila and partying on the beach…

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Oh how I love Mexico!

Next we are on to Tulum (said tulooooom which I discovered after some embarrassing incidents), let’s hope for better weather!

Ca-ca-ca-cancun, Mexico

Hello girls and boys!

We arrived in Mexico! After a ridiculously hungover flight and an awful lot of yanks at the airport we managed to make our way to our first hostel. It was an amazing little place in downtown cancun with a huge rooms and karaoke… Needless to say neither me or joe braved singing.

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After crashing out and sleeping the first night we decided to getup as early as possible and catch an organised trip to Chechen itza which is in the centre of the Yutícan province (If you have seen idiot abroad you will recognise it).

We travelled 2 hours on a coach to see a Cenoté which is a naturally formed cave with a lagoon underground.

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After we visited the Mayan ruins, our tour guide Manuel just DID NOT STOP TALKING!!! But we had a very detailed tour of the ruins which was interesting.

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Also saw the original meteor hole which caused all the underwater Cenotés thousands and thousands of years ago.

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After all that information and walking of course we needed a tequila…

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For the evening our hostel tour guide took us out to a club called “daddios” and you can kind of guess what happened there… This may give you an idea.

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So now we have found ourselves off to Isla mujeres in the rain… Until next time ¡hasta luego!

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