Our next port was Belize and we were tendered there so we had to take a small boat over to the shore. It was quite a long trip so the water must have been shallow there for a long ways. It was interesting to see all the little boats scurrying out to the cruise ships to get passengers and bring them in.
For some reason the photographer told Mendis to hunch down so we got an odd looking picture.
Going on this one 1000 feet long over the river was incredible.
Even Mendis, although hanging on for dear life, had a good time.
Then he told us how the Mayans use everything and they even eat the termites for the protein. He claimed they were very tasty so don't you know we all had to try it. Well everyone but Jolynn who told Jeff if he ate one she would never kiss him again. He ate it! lol
The cave itself was huge. Really high ceilings for the most part so it wasn't claustrophobic at all. There were bats over head but you really couldn't see them. Our guide told us floating down the river through the caves (there are 14 in all) was a Mayan ritual that young men would do as they became a warrior or like a baptism of sorts. It symbolized a rebirth by leaving your life and going through the darkness like hell and being reborn into the light. Very interesting.
When we got out of the cave it was raining as we went down the river. It was so fun to have rain on us in the rain forest. It made it quite peaceful and relaxing. I could have floated for hours. There were monkeys up in the trees but we could never see any.
Sometimes the water level was low so out guide would yell "Butts up" and he would drag us across so we didn't get stuck. Most of the time he paddled backwards and told us about the traditions and what we were seeing along the way. He worked his heart out.
Back to another fabulous dinner. We couldn't decide which desserts we wanted because they all sounded good so that night we got about three each. Crazy.
Our towel friend that night was pretty cute!