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Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Written on: Monday July 27th, 2009

A journal entry from: Cycle Mexico - Panama

July 21st - July 23rd

This was quite a hard days cycle, with many long steep hills. We were however rewarded with beautiful scenery and views of the mountains and jungle. It was a hot day and so we were thankful we had started early. We had a long lunch break during the worst of the heat, and had a snooze in the hammock before setting off again. We covered 42.4km and reached a max speed of 62.5km/h on the steep downhill.

Without knowing exactly where to stay in the National Park, we saw a sign for 'Ian Andersons Caves Branch Adventure Co and Jungle Lodge' and decided to stop and ask if they had a room available. We cycled a kilometre up a dirt track to be greeted by a very pleasant sight of a hotel in the jungle, with a pool! As it was Yasmin's birthday the next day we decided to splash out and stay here for two nights, in a jungle bungalow.

The bungalow was open on two sides to the jungle, protected by mosquito nets.  We felt that we were right in the jungle, but in great comfort this time.

Yasmin's birthday began with some presents in bed (plus some very nice party hats) followed by a champagne breakfast. Much of the day was spent relaxing in the pool and we also went to visit the nearby Blue Hole Cenote. This was great, and the thousands of mosquitoes that were there thought so too.

 The day that we left we saw howler monkeys in the trees (and heard the enormous racquet that they made). We also saw a Fer-de-Lance snake seemingly eating a toad. The toad was still alive and suddenly escaped, right out of the jaws of the snake, hopping frantically away. The warden told us that the snake was only extracting poison from the toad, which it would later use as its venom. 

After a dip in the pool we set off for the capital of Belize, Belmopan.

Total km = 512.2