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Day 10 - Farewell Belize!
 Our final day here in Belize! After breakfast, we loaded up our luggage and headed back to Maya Center to kill some time before our flight. Later, we returned to Dangriga and said our final farwells to Kimo and his family. We'll miss you guys! All aboard! ...

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Day 09 - Cockscomb
The next day we traveled to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. After settling in at our dorms, we headed out to hike up to Ben's Bluff. Along the 4 kilometer long trail, we crossed a small stream and observed leafcutter ants, stingless bees and a giant dam...

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Day 08 - Maya Center
 The following morning we headed to Cabbage Haul Creek to sample, which required a little bit of hiking through the denser part of the jungle to reach. Quite a few of us collected mosquito and no-see-um bites as we sampled for insects here. Aquatic nets wer...

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Foods of Belize Part II
Here's our meals during our 3 day stay at Tobacco Caye. A personal favorite, conch soup! Chicken, beans, steamed rice and zucchini stir-fry Eggs, toast, cheese, sausage and beans Salad, coleslaw, mashed potatoes with gravy, meat and mac Eggs, beans, ham, an...

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Day 07 - Maya Center
After breakfast, we bid farewell to Mel and Tobacco Caye and hitched a boat ride back to Dangriga. Next, we played an expert-level of suitcase Tetris to fit all our luggage into Julio's van. Our next destination: Maya Center Village! Mel and the crew (we mi...

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Day 06 - Our last day at Tobacco Caye...
Our final day at Tobacco Caye was very eventful! For the first half of the day we took some time to sort out and label all the insects we've collected from the Trek Stop and Mopan River areas. We cataloged a total of 17 orders and 79 families collected and ...

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Day 05 - Snorkeling and other activities!
Today we spent a full day snorkeling at Whale Shoal and along the outskirts of the Barrier Reef, guided by Mel. Both sites were definitely a more challenging environment to navigate around than the shallows, but teemed with a larger variety of sea life. We ...

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Foods of Belize Part
We've enjoyed some amazing meals prepared for us during our trip. Here are some meals we ate during our 3 day stay at the Trek Stop. Escabeche Fry jacks with papaya, watermelon, eggs and beans Seasoned chicken with rice, plantain and salsa Bollo (similar to...

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Day 04 - Tobacco Caye and Snorkeling 101
We had our final breakfast at the trek stop before beginning our two-hour drive towards the coast. Our next destination is Tobacco Caye!   We took a quick pit stop at San Ignacio and checked out the local shops. Next, we hitched a boat ride to Tobacco Caye....

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Day 03 - ATM Cave
The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, near San Ignacio, is a significant Mayan archeological site containing artifacts and even Mayan remains within its depths. We swam, waded, squeezed past tight formations and climbed to reach various hidden chambers. Unf...
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