Day 4: Goodbye Duplooys, Hello Jungle!
From Jennifer R., Kathy, Deb, & Carlene:
With mixed emotions we said goodbye to DuPlooys and its wonderful staff. We were sad to leave this beautiful place but excited for the next adventure. We bumped down the road for the last time headed for The Belize Zoo. After reading about Sharon Matola, “the zoo lady” and her inspirational story, it was an honor to meet her in person. We were extremely lucky to take a tour with Sharon as our guide and see a few things behind the scenes. We were able to get up close and personal with some jaguars and a few people even had their heads licked! There are no words to describe the feeling when you look into the eyes of this majestic creature. We made some new friends including April the tapir, Junior Buddy the jaguar, Happy the barn owl, and Panama the harpy eagle. We even got to meet Lucky Boy, the black jaguar who is lucky to be alive and lucky to now be in the nurturing hands of Sharon. It was a truly amazing experience. After lunch we headed towards Belmopan to visit the open air market. Many of us tasted and purchased fruits and vegetables we had never seen before. Tonight we learned about the vegetables and fruits of Belize from our amazing Belizean teachers Carlene and Andre. Ending the day with a swim at the Blue Hole was awesome! We went down a flight of stairs and were greeted with a picturesque scene of aqua pool with a vegetation hill as backdrop. The coolest part of it was that this pool was fed by an underground river which flows into a cave! I can still picture Olympic-quality synchronized swimming moves. After a very quick swim we headed to the Jaguar Sanctuary in the Cockscomb Basin. We arrived in darkness and looked around our simple accommodations. After dinner we went out for a night hike to a pond where red-eyed tree frogs were found. We turned off our lights and stood in silence and darkness and listened to the orchestra of music performed by the tree frogs. Exhausted, we headed to our bunk beds using only head lamps and flashlights because there was no electricity.