And the 3rd day/ second stop was especially SPECIAL as it was Belize AND my mom’s birthday! The last time she cruised to Belize they couldn’t get off the ship due to bad weather so now she got her chance for adventure and You Better Belize it was an amazing time!
First we had to get up super early to ferry in from the ship. There’s our cruise ship floating way out at sea still!
And then we were in for an hour and a half bus ride each way through the city and then the jungle to reach the play ground of Chukka where we were going to Zipline and Cave Tube! We were sooo stoked!
The city of Belize was.. well a little scary. I was glad to be on a tour bus but our bus guides were super enthusiastic about teaching us the culture and history of Belize. Oh! And how to talk like we’re from the Caribbean. It helped make the bus ride not feel quite so long..
Once we got into the jungle, we got to take a school bus, may 1/2 mile over some sketchy roads to the Chukka playground! It was feeling like an adventure already!
On our bus ride there we passed this massive cemetery. I mean huge, it was on both sides of the street and went on forever! I can’t remember the numbers but I wouldn’t be surprised to find it’s the largest one in Belize.
And we enjoyed quite a few chuckles over the street signs, the one above in particular.
First up on our adventure was ziplining. We put our excess stuff in the lockers and got all geared up with harnesses and helmets. The guides were all so fun and had great energy!
The we all got lined up with our group to go learn the safety briefing… ooooooo
And of course you can see how excited we were (*cough and some maybe a little nervous.) I actually wasn’t despite maybe looking it since I’ve ziplined before. I don’t worry about heights but can sometimes worry about speed. Lucky for us they explained most people don’t even need to break as their lines are all gentle enough you slow down on your own but we had thick gloves to add a little more break if we needed.
All thoroughly involved in learning about how to come in for a landing… (the most important part)
I did get a video of the first couple lines!
After zip lining came my favorite part: Cave Tubing! The only downside here was that we had to carry our tubes a little ways to the entrance of the caves and while it was an easy enough walk… we weren’t all that prepared for it.
Getting ready to shove off. There’s all our tubes laced together. I got to sit in the front to lead the charge.
My face as we enter Hell…. a little too excited maybe?
Looking back at the cave entrance from whence we came. It was pretty neat seeing all the stalactites hanging from the ceiling and only imagining what kind of world was beneath us in the dark water….
It was prettyyyyy dark the whole time but we came upon little water falls and this amazing view where the top of the cave caved in a long time ago and the jungle along with sunlight… makes its way into the cave. Pretty sure I’ve seen many photos captured of this same spot in National Geographic. It was really cool. My picture does not even come close to doing it justice.
Sad that our journey would soon be over. Though we felt bad for our guide since there was very little current.. he was litterally swimming and pushing us the whole time and it seemed like quite the job pushing all of us dead weights in our tubes.
A clearer look of what the ceiling looked like throughout the caves.