From Caye Caulker we continued our travels through the small country of Belize, heading west towards the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. We had heard good things about the Belize Zoo and, even though zoos are really not our thing and even though it was expensive ($15 USD/person), we decided to stop. The zoo is filled with over 100 rescue animals native to the area, including jaguars, ocelots, howler monkeys, tapirs, and various species of birds, including the largest in central America, the Jabiru. While the jury’s still out on whether it was worth the entrance fee, it was cool to see many animals we may not get a chance to see during our travels.
I was forced to use that as a title, but I won’t say by whom.
We said our goodbyes to Mexico and moved on to our first new country in over three months. Crossing over the invisible line that separates Belize from Mexico was unlike any other border I’ve ever experienced. It was like stepping into a completely different world. Not only is the national language English but the people and food have more in common with the Caribbean islands than with the surrounding Central American countries. It was a bit of a culture shock, but after spending 3 months in a foreign culture we welcomed the respite and enjoyed our days in the comforts of our native language.