Happy Birthday Robin!
(Photos coming soon.)
On our morning walk in the Jaguar Preserve, we saw tracks for a Baird’s Tapir and either an ocelot or Margay Cat. Some other sights were a Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird (which is very rare), a Banana Owl Butterfly and an agouti.
After a breakfast of johnny cakes (biscuit made from same ingredients as tortillas) and fresh fruits from the market, we went to the Monkey River Village and School. We interacted with Belizean children from ages 1 to 20 and taught lessons focusing on flight, light, animal behavior and perception. Seeing the smiles on these children’s faces was an amazing experience for all of us! We then had a delicious lunch of rice and beans with chicken or fish.
After leaving Monkey River, we traveled back to the Jaguar Preserve where we relished in an amazing dip in South Stann Creek River. We enjoyed the spa-like effect of water rushing over the rocks against our backs. We got an invertebrate lesson in the river from Wendy.
In the evening, we traveled to Mayan Center for a cultural lesson on the Mayan history. We learned a traditional dance and got to make corn tortillas! Afterwards, we enjoyed a traditional Mayan meal with fresh tortillas and decadent Mayan chocolate with fruit and crunchy tortillas. The chocolate was served in a fondue fountain and doubled as Robin’s birthday “cake.”* After some fun, fellowship and dancing, we headed back to get ready for the Southwater Caye tomorrow.
* This morning Robin realized her birthday was actually the day before! :-)