After a few days rest I was on my way to San Ignacio and a new country in Belize. Unfortunately for me, the weather forecast was for rain for the next 3-4 days, and there was really only a few things I wanted to do with my time in Belize. One was to do some diving in Ambergris Caye on an island off Belize City. Which was now out of the question due to the weather and the other was to visit the Altun Ha ruins.
Once I entered Belize and drive a few miles past the border crossing on my motorcycle it was just bucketing down with rain, and the radar and weather forecast indicated no respite in sight for at least a few days, so I decided that I would see plenty of ruins ion this trip and the best thing to do for me was to head West our of the weather. So, as with any adventure, you need to be able to adapt, so I decided to head to San Ignacio on the far west of Belize near the border with Guatemala and stay a night or two near San Ignacio as there were more ruins in this area.
The border crossing which you can read here was relatively easy, although on the Belize side it was a matter of going slow as the fumigation building (tiny house) and insurance (bigger house) were pretty nondescript and therefore easy to miss. The whole border crossing took only around 90 minutes which it turns out was pretty fantastic, compared to what lay ahead.
So, as with any adventure, you need to be able to adapt, so I decided to head to San Ignacio on the far west of Belize near the border with Guatemala and stay a night or two near San Ignacio as there were more ruins in this area. Yes, I would miss some cool diving and adventure, but I didn’t have time to wait four or five days in the hope the weather would clear.
I took a small turn, so I could have breakfast in Little Belize and take a little route through San Joaquin then on through San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Carmelita, San Estevan, San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Sand Hill, Burrell Boom, La Democracia before heading to a hostel outside of San Ignacio called the Lower Dover Field Station & Jungle Lodge, Belize.
Even though it was only around 150 miles (238 kilometers) journey, it amazingly took me over 8 hours! This was because for a few hours it was just unrideable and I was not in any rush anyway.
I did have to stop a few times as the weather was just getting ridiculous, I had an extended breakfast and an extended lunch, both under cover as it was just crazy out there. After a few hours of heading west, the rain cleared but left all the dirt roads a slush.
The place I stayed was at Lower Dover Field Station & Jungle Lodge, Belize. This had some bungalows and was in a really beautiful setting with some ruins within walking distance. The bungalows were great, although WIFI was pretty poor and only really serviceable close to the office. Dinner is included and delicious as was breakfast (around $100 USD per night for a twin bungalow) and it has a gorgeous outdoor shower.
The bungalows were great, although WIFI was pretty poor and only really serviceable close to the office. If they got the Wifi sorted (Google Wifi ) in each of the bungalows would do the trick nicely, it would be a sensational place as it has lots of room, very well appointed units and really friendly hosts, even if the lady (Madeline) who runs the joint is a bit of a hippy and has some interesting theories, but I like kinda nutty people, always interesting!
We went on a walking tour early in the morning to some ruins which were not far by. These were only recently discovered and are being carefully excavated by archeologists as we were there. Something tells me there are a lot more ruins nearby as it is situated in a very dense forest area.
Her son also dabbles in making red wine from the hibiscus trees planted throughout the acreage, and this hibiscus red wine is quite delicious, very sweet, but nice.