Belize City, the former capital of Central America’s youngest nation (1981), has been destroyed by too many hurricanes. The mountains now host the new capital, Belmopan. Today, Keep traveling!
“Step out slowly, step out slowly, step out slowly!” The voice of Pedro, one of our guides for the day gets louder to reach an almost screaming order that is quite unexpected from this strongly built and very jungle-confident Maya. While I was stepping cautiously on an anthill to observe the leaf carriers, I pointed out to him a small snake coiled on the hill, about half a meter from my foot. As I am backing off, apparently way too slowly for Pedro, he starts telling me with a slight panic in his voice that this baby snake is the deadliest of South and Central America: the fer-de-lance. After a very bumpy ride through the Belizean citrus fields in a former US school bus turned military-graded 4×4, this is how our caving waterfall adventure to the Footprint Cave starts.
The teeth-less Maya man stares at me and laughs. I must look a bit clumsy trying to open the top of the green coconut I have just found, with a huge blunt machete. I did it before so it should work. I keep smashing the metal into the sturdy green coconut shell. The man shakes his head and takes the machete. Keep traveling!
Belize is a funny country in Central America when it comes to languages. With English as its official, many others are spoken, such as Creole (some sort of English dialect which is really hard to understand!), Garifuna, Spanish, Maya, German…
Here are a few funny play of words from Caye Caulker. Enjoy! Keep traveling!
“There we go, this was it…” I don’t want to die yet and I start praying to avoid a panic attack but I cannot longer fight my tears. “I am scared!!”, I scream to Keep traveling!
“Everything’s gonna be alright,
Everything’s gonna be alright,
Everything’s gonna be alright”
I slowly open my eyes to the sound of Bob Marley. I feel the ocean breeze flowing through the shutters and the sunlight peeping through the cracks of the wooden shack we are sleeping in. Opening the crooked wooden door hardly held closed by an improvised hook, I see Keep traveling!