Sunday, January 04, 2009

I don't Belize it!!!

No, i've not joined the horders of bloggers deciding to call it a day, i've jsut been too busy to update this lately.
Since the last post we've been racing around all over the place, seeing shitloads of birds and generally having a good time.
First stop was Palenque, after a hideous 24 hour bus journey across Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas states. It was definately worth it though. We spent 4 days camping in the jungle nearby to these amazing Mayan ruins. Brief summary of highlights: Being woken up by Howler Monkeys on Christmas Day, sitting on top of the highest temple and watching Lovely Cotingas and Keel-billed Toucans flying across the ruins site. Walking the cascades trail, just outside the site, and seeing Mexican Anththrush, Giant Antshrike, Red-capped Mankain, and thrillinglyl but frustatingly, a sublimanl glimpse of a big spotty cat that almost the trail in front of us!!!
After Palenque, it was up to the Yucatan Peninsula and the island of Cozumel, cycling around the island (70km) one very hot day, getting shockingly sunburnt but seeing the endemic Cozumel Emerald and Cozumel Vireo, plus other Yucatan specialties like Yucatan Vireo, Black Catbird etc.

New Years saw us just down the road at Tulum, joining a very international crowd from the hostel, mainly europeans in getting incredibly drunk on the beach before being moved on by the police becasue some poor soul had taken a badly judged swim and not made it back, very sobering indeed.

The last couple of days we've been travelling down to here at San Ignacio, in Belize, pretty much on the Guatemalan border. The plan is to cross into Guatemala tomorrow and spend a few days at the legendary site of Tikal, before moving swiflty on to South-east Guatemala and Honduras.

I[ll get my excuses in early this time, I probably wont have internet for quite some time, so there will just be a half-hearted rush job of an update next time I have the chance, just like this.

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