Belize: I have to admit, until recently, I knew very little about Belize. Unfortunately, it would appear that my knowledge has been expanded to where I am much more aware of how little I know, but this has accompanied a great desire to learn more. Not only do I want to learn more, but I am now also filled with a desire to EXPERIENCE this exotic locale.
My girlfriend is the traveler. She loves it, and has been to many foreign places. Me, well, not so much. She is desperately trying to infect me with the traveling bug. I’m interested, but I definitely don’t want to do it in the standard, cliché manner. I really don’t want to stay in a hotel in Paris. I’m much more interested in travel that involves seeing and experiencing more of the natural world. My suggestions for destinations are usually centered around rainforests and clear blue oceans.
Although I was relatively unaware of the riches of Belize, it appears to be exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. A rainforest visit has been high on my list for some time. I have snorkeled once, but my interest in marine biology has even gone so far as me working in an aquarium for over seven years. Furthermore, one of my undergraduate majors was history, and, although I did not pursue it as a career, I have not lost my interest in history and cultures.
I am definitely interested in the Mayan culture of Belize, but my true interest lies in the natural environments it has to offer. My bookshelves are filled with animal books, including both local and foreign (to me). Many of these animals I have only seen in books and on television.
I was blown away when my girlfriend sent me the link to the Lodge at Chaa Creek. It appears to be the best of all possible worlds. The eco-lodge appears to be quite luxurious, and it provides opportunities to experience much of the natural world that Belize has to offer. It seems almost too much to have such a combination of beautiful accommodations while immersing visitors in the natural world. The thought of snorkeling in the nearby waters excites me, as do the opportunities for hiking, biking and other activities to enjoy Belize. The addition of Mayan ruins is simply the icing on the cake.
Belize is clearly a culturally and ecologically rich country. Although the “Rainforest & Reef Vacation Sweepstakes” caught my attention as a wonderful opportunity, I feel my interest in visiting this gorgeous area has been instilled far deeper into my conscious. Belize is definitely high on my list of places to visit, regardless of whether or not I win the prize. Hopefully, the approach The Lodge at Chaa Creek will set a standard for eco-tourism that will allow people to vacation in harmony with such beautiful ecological and historical surroundings for many generations to come.