Easier Said Than Done

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* Large Male “Green Iguana”

Bermudian Landing Village – Belize

* Note:  Even though this Iguana is orange in color, he is still of the species:  Green Iguana. The more sun they absorb, the more orange they get—and, of course, the males of all species want to be as flashy as possible to better attract the ladies.  On a Belizean restaurant menu if you see Bamboo Chicken advertised it is actually cooked Iguana (just a warning if you plan to visit Belize).  Crossing over a river  bridge we spied this brute from the car, and I quickly got out and snapped a few quick shots with my 400mm super telephoto lens.  I would estimate this gentleman to be approximately 1-meter in length (head to tail). He was sunning himself on a tree branch overhanging the river, so if threatened he could jump headfirst into the river itself (they are known to be excellent swimmers).

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 Vermilion Flycatcher

Bermudian Landing Village – Belize

Getting into Belize was a lot easier than getting back out.  Our next stop will be the interior of Honduras, and to get there we will have to backtrack to Guatemala before heading south into Honduras.  So on Sunday, 04 January, we will board a 10:00 a.m. bus from Belize City for the 5-1/2 hour trip back to Flores, Guatemala (where we came from originally).  Not a bad thing actually, because we were lamenting the fact that we really didn’t have a chance to tour Flores the first time around—now we can.

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Large Male Howler Monkey

* Community Baboon Sanctuary – Belize

We will spend two nights in Flores, and then board a 5:30 a.m. bus for the 9 hour trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  This trip from Belize to Honduras will entail two border crossings, first crossing from Belize into Guatemala, and then from Guatemala into Honduras.

Note:  For you non-travelers out there border crossings suck—the travelers amongst you already know what I’m talking about.  First, your bus stops on one side of the border and unloads all of your luggage; you then hump your luggage to the customs shack of the country you’re in (on the way you exchange all of your “Old” money for “New” money).  You then pay any exit fees, and get your passport stamped.  Then you carry all of your luggage across the border to the customs shack of the country you’re entering—you may, or may not, have to pay an entry fee—then you get your passport stamped again along with your new visa.  Then you hump your luggage to your bus (which has crossed the border without you), or more than likely board a new bus in the country you’re entering.  All of this usually takes an hour or so, but we got held up crossing the border from Chiapas, Mexico into Guatemala for almost 3 hours. As stated before, border crossings can suck—but it’s the cost of traveling by bus (and it’s so much cheaper than going by air that it’s well worth it).

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Large Male Howler Monkey

* Community Baboon Sanctuary – Belize

Note:  As mentioned in previous posts, these are in fact Howler Monkey’s and not Baboons.  They’ve been known “locally” as Baboons since slaves first arrived here from Africa in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and saw a resemblance to the Baboons of Africa.

We will spend two nights in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and then depart for our one month stay at an Eco-lodge in the interior of Honduras—located about 100 Km’s south of San Pedro Sula.  Most visitors go to the offshore islands for their stay in Honduras, many to get their diver’s certification.  Few travelers explore the interior of Honduras, so this one month stay in the wilderness should be an unique experience.  Plenty of hiking, jungle exploration, both lake and river trips and wildlife photography is in store for us—and we love settling into places for weeks at a time.  This Eco-lodge also boasts a world class micro-brewery, producing some of the best specialty beer in all of Honduras You can view their website at: DD Brewery (Eco-Lodge).

Tilley & Steve San Cristobal WEB

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Reporting from Belize City, Belize, but soon departing for Honduras . . .

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