March 21 & 22, 2015: Day 1 & 2 in Belize by Tessa
Posted by Lauren Rochholz on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:03 PM PDT
We arrived at the airport in Belize City at approximately 10:30 am Belizean time. Due to a miscommunication in arrival time our ride had been at the airport since 9:00 am, we were so thankful she waited for us.
After settling in at Breadfruit Garden, we began our first adventure. We decided that we were going to head to Altun Ha, the Mayan archaeological site in Belize City. On the way to Altun Ha, we ran into a sign advertising the Snake Man. He had all different types of snakes native to Belize, including the Fer De Lance, green viper, and a coral snake.
Then, we arrived at Altun Ha, which consists of 13 Mayan temples and mounds. This is the site where the famous Jade Head—a priceless Mayan artifact—was found in the temple of the high priest.
- Kitchen update
- Daycare sponsorship (they currently are providing free care and education to more than 6 children, which they are losing money from)
- Replace bathroom doors
- Remove thatching and replace with aluminum
- Repair pipes to the green house
- Repair the sump pump that pumps the grey water to other areas in the home
- A 15-passenger van to transport the children
- Repairing the cabinets in the girls dormitory
This is not a typical zoo; it is more of an injured wild life refuge. All of the animals are indigenous to Belize and were either pets that people could not care for, or injured animals that were unable to be released into the wild. While there, several of us were able to have a jaguar encounter where we were locked in a small metal cage inside of the jaguar exhibit, were able to pet him and feed him. We also saw animals such as the tapir, which is Belize’s national animal, along with macaw parrots, howler monkeys, crocodiles, and more.