So the last time I posted this map, I was in the Cayo District. Jungling and caving away my first two weeks in Belize.
Then came the unexpected – an assignment to photograph the First Lady of Belize, Mrs. Kim Barrow, and her family – so I returned to Belize City for a couple of days. After that, off to Maruba Spa, still in the Belize District and close to the Altun Ha Maya site and several villages such as Maskall Village.
After Maskall, I headed up north: “sugar country” as some call it because this is where most of the country’s sugar cane is produced. First to the town and District of Orange Walk, followed by Corozal.
Orange Walk is where I experienced my first Belizean fiesta or annual local fair. I missed the Benque Viejo Fiesta in the Cayo District a couple of weeks ago, remember? Well I wasn’t going to miss this one. Orange Walk calls theirs “Fiestarama.” Overall, the town isn’t very tourist-geared. It’s also more “Mestizo” on this side and most people speak Spanish first, English second and sometimes…not at all (I think they just sometimes prefer not to). But the Orange Walk District has one of the biggest Maya sites in the country – Lamanai – and in my opinion, one of the prettiest rivers, called the New River. You don’t have to stay in Orange Walk to visit Lamanai but it sure makes it a much shorter day trip.
The town and District of Corozal is even farther north. It’s super close to the Mexican border, and is a beautiful, clean, small and quiet seaside town with more guest homes and small resorts than Orange Walk. There are also a few Americans and other expats who come here to build their waterfront homes and retire.
My next destination after Corozal will be to one of Belize’s numerous islands or “Cayes”: Ambergris Caye (shown in purple on the map).
So all you island lovers, get ready to read about the water adventures as I head from jungle to beach life in a few days!