FLORES TO BELIZE CITY – Saturday 10th March
This morning a group left at 8am for Monkey Island to see the Spider Monkey’s – Roger commented “You can see why they are called Spider Monkeys!”
We were all on the road by 9.30am and headed for the Belize border about 85km away and found the process very straight forward and were soon on our way to Belize City. Belize is an enchanting country and we passed rows of small colourfully painted clapboard houses, usually on stilts, with deep verandas. It was a welcome reprieve from speaking halting Spanish to suddenly be speaking English and reading English signs – ‘Tumulus’ became ‘Bumps’ and we passed a sign for a ‘Caribbean Car Wash’, drove through a village called Teakettle and over bridges called Beaver Dam Bridge and Colonel English Bridge!
Some of the group visited the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins just over the Belize border – this was reached via a little hand-cranked river ferry which only took 4-6 cars. Once back en route, we passed citrus plantations, Menanite carts, huge mangrove swamps and makeshift restaurants along the road side. The country had a very Caribbean feel about it.
On arrival at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City, Adrian spoke to Toby about some concerns he had regarding the Model A Ford and sadly they both decided the car could go no further. Documents had to be notarised and arrangements made to have the car shipped home.