Nature Quest Sweepstakes – Essay#20

Move over, Indiana Jones! I’m going to the Lodge at Chaa Creek for the most exciting vacation of my life. Located on a private 365 acre nature reserve on the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the on-site experiences alone sound fantastic!.

Where to start?  Probably the Natural History Centre to understand Belize’s history, civilizations,  culture, animals and plants. Important to appreciate this unique, unspoiled country. Then an early morning bird walk, followed by visiting the Butterfly farm.  I can’t resist the Sunset Canoe Tour. Accommodations are in charming, thatched roof cottages, or perhaps a treetop suite with Jacuzzi! Day 2 – The guided rainforest tour to learn about the  medicinal plants and herbs  used by Mayan healers and now utilized and appreciated by modern medicine. (Remember the movie “Medicine Man” with Sean Connery?)

Perhaps some guided horseback riding along the miles of nature trails, or to the abandoned city of Xunantunich. Swimming in the gorgeous freshwater pool after  all that activity, then, the “Creatures of the Night” guided tour. Snores in the sumptious mahogany bed .  Day 3 –  Mountain biking  to  more Mayan ruins and rural villages, followed by lolling around the pool, and canoeing on the Macal River. Relaxing my aching muscles with a soothing massage  at the Spa…mmmmmmm . With unlimited access to all the on-site activities, I will repeat’ them at will.

Day 4 –  There are some fascinating tours, such as the Cave of the Stone Sepulchre ,or Caracol,  which contains the temple Caana, still the largest manmade structure in Belize. The meals sound delicious, served in a candelit dining room. Imagine all  this, a lovely Spa, Jacuzzis, mahogany beds and candlelit dinners,  in the rainforest! Roughing it in luxury – I can handle that!

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