Friday, February 1, 2008

Belize - February 1, 2008

After our trip to Costa Rica last year, we were anxious to return to the rainforest. After a lot of research, we decided to go to Chan Chich in Belize. The primary attraction at Chan Chich is that it is one of the best places to see wild cats; Ocelot, Puma, Jagarundi, Margay, and Jaguar.

Chan Chich is only a quick 45 minute chartered flight from Belize International airport to the nearby airport at Gallon Jug. This trip is really pretty becuase the flight is over rainforest pretty much the entire way. Once you arrive at the airport, you are picked up and wisked away to you cabana at Chan Chich.

The cabanas are super nice. We had double sinks, a double headed shower and bathrobes. More luxury than we needed in the jungle:
Our Cabana

Our Cabana

We had taken the red-eye flight in from California through Houston so by the time we arrived, we had been up for a long time. We figured that we would have lunch and hit the sack. But we were too excited to sleep so we went out exploring.

Walking down the main road we encoutered spider monkeys, woodpeckers and an elusive Bat Falcon and many more birds. The sounds of the jungle are intoxicating and we let them roll over us. The monkeys were as curious about us as we were about them:
Spider Monkey

After dinner we decided to go on a night drive which is an activity that only happens a couple times a week. After agreeing that sleep was over-rated we headed out on the truck in search of nocturnal wildlife. We ended up seeing whitetail deer (they were everywhere in the daylight too but only in the grassy farm areas not in the jungle. That way they could see all those feline predators coming), Racoons, a few Pootoo, and a Kinkajou. But, no photo ops presented themselves until we returned to our cabana and found we had a guest:
Basilisk Lizard

Basilisk Lizard

This Basilisk lizard was a big boy. Much bigger than any we had seen in Costa Rica. A very cool way to end the day. We finally hit the pillows for our first sleep in 24 hours plus.

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