A Belize Adventure

English: San Pedro Beach in Ambergris Caye, Be...

English: San Pedro Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Photographed by Adam Reeder in June 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next month, possibly, Ale and I will be heading to Belize for a week of shooting and an assignment.  I came across this piece today that described one adventure of some travel writers a few months ago.

In July of this year the Belize Tourism Board took journalists from the local press on a familiarization trip to Southern Belize in an effort to promote domestic tourism. From Thursday, December 5th, to Sunday, December 8th,

BTB hosted a second familiarization trip for the local press to visit destinations in Cayo, Belize City and Ambergris Caye. The expedition was launched at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday as journalists from Belize City and Ambergris Caye boarded a Belize Transit Services bus at the BTB headquarters on Regent Street.

The team, led by BTBs Media Relations Manager, Andrea Polanco, headed west to San Ignacio, Cayo.

The first stop on the tour was the Black Rock Lodge which is about four and a half miles west of San Ignacio Town. On the right hand side of the George Price Highway (heading towards Benque) there is a Block Rock River Lodge sign at the entrance to a dirt road.

The recent rains have put a pounding on the seven mile stretch of dirt road and the short drive is a scary one. The bus swerved cross and cross the muddy road and huge rocks crashed viciously between the wheels. As the driver battled to maneuver the bus through the treacherous terrain the ladies on the trip fought to hold in their screams.

There were a couple interruptions in the screaming competition when the bus passed a couple impromptu waterfalls cascading down the hills at the side of the road, no doubt formed as a result of the record breaking rainfall in the last two months.

The scary travel through the off road climaxed at the end where a steep fall led to the edge of a cliff. At this point even the men were screaming.

Everyone soon learnt however that the trip was worth it as the Lodge proved to be all it was hyped up to be. The Black Rock Lodge rests within the majestic Maya Mountains and overlooks the pristine Macal River. 

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