Feeling the need to sneak away after all that Family Holiday drama? Then let me just recommend a trip to Belize--and more importantly, a visit to the Bacab Eco Park while you're there. Believe me when I say this: There's something for everyone.
For travel goers who prefer a resort vibe, they have a huge pool complete with waterfall and water slide, in addition to showers and lockers for convenience.
The entrance to the park takes full advantage of the scenery and its resources: the walkway is constructed entirely from fallen trees found in the 400 acres of unspoiled tropical jungle.
In spite of the amenities, I think the biggest draw is, in fact, the jungle. The park offers a variety of different tours to visitors: kayak, horseback riding, and biking. I did the kayaking one and it was probably one of my favorite holiday excursions ever (at the very least, it ranks in the top three of ultimate travel activities). After everyone loads up in a kayak (about 10 kayaks in a group), a tour guide leads the way through two creeks: a narrow one that allows visitors to see smaller inhabitants of the jungle (birds, bats, even iguanas) up close and personal; and a wider creek that gives everyone an opportunity to see juvenile crocodiles that measure up to four feet long. The only downside to the kayaking experience was the threat of mosquitoes, so make sure to bring bug repellent.
I ran out of time before I could check out the Butterfly house; but the food was pretty amazing. Authentic Belizean cuisine of spiced chicken, beans and rice, along with fried plaintains, white pineapple, and fresh papaya. Also, I discovered that the most popular drink served at Bacab is their very own version of "The PantyRipper" which boasts about 3 different kinds of rum and pineapple juice.
The most popular resident of the park is Zeus the heron. Seems like he's quite used to all the attention and proximity to visitors, as I took this photograph of him during lunch sans zoom.
The park is located about 25 minutes away from Belize City, a road trip that gives ample opportunity to also see the neighborhoods of this city. The country may be poor, but it is beautiful: the greenery is lush, and the houses are painted in a hodge-podge of bright colors. Even the hurricane metal bars that cover the windows of "Million Dollar Road" homes (priced at a rough equivalent of $150,000 USD) add personality thanks to the variety of art deco designs.
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