Let me just get this part out of the way: there are bugs, really really big bugs, the kind of bugs you’ve never seen before! Having said that, we loved exploring the dense rain forest of Belize. It was such a contrast from the time we spent by the beach.
We stayed at The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge which is a luxury resort dedicated to sustainable tourism. The rooms have air conditioning which was amazing, but no TV and no Wifi so it was truly a chance to disconnect for my entire family. Which is really something when you’ve got twins about to turn 13!
Our rooms were at the top of the longest and steepest stairway we’d ever seen. It was kind of like staying in a tree-house, with beautiful views of the Sleeping Giant mountain range.
Elsie and I decided to explore St. Herman’s Ceremonial Cave. This is where Mayan Shamans came to enter the underworld and perform their sacrifices. It felt like we were stepping into a scene from an “Indiana Jones” movie. I highly recommend a guide for this excursion as it’s beyond dark, steep and slippery. Be careful!
As long as you don’t mind dark places, completely filled with bats, this truly is a magical expedition as you float amongst the stalagmites and stalactites.
Another magical part from this corner of the world: the people.
From those who worked at the resort, who are truly the friendliest people I’ve ever met, to the families living without electricity on the outskirts of the rain forest. This is one adventure we’ll never forget.