Posts Tagged ‘placencia’

How many times have you heard the phrase? Well if you’re planning a vacation to Belize, keep that in mind. “ We have Crocodiles, Manatees, and Dolphins in the Lagoon, Jaguars prowl in the night just a few short miles away, and it’s not unusual to spot many native animals, birds and insects right here at the Swan Villas” says owner Rodolfo Saenz de Ugarte.

Swan Villas, with its beautiful organic and permaculture design, was purposely built to blend in harmonious in this idyllic jungle setting on Maya Beach. “Visitors need to be aware of their surroundings here. It’s far from dangerous or anything like that!” says Rodolfo.” But just be mindful during your stay, that you’re experiencing living in a luxurious Villa in a jungle setting.”

For some visitors this is exactly what they want, to experience a true authentic Belizean adventure. Visiting the Caye’s just off the coast, or the Mayan and Garifuna villages nearby, as well as ruins and caves, are all but a few of the authentic experiences one can have right here from Swan Villas.

Looking for a sanitized, scrubbed and predictable vacation, you’ll probably want to consider another country altogether. Throughout Belize no matter where you go and the level of accommodations, you can expect some unpredictableness. Change of plans due to weather, a short spell with no wifi, impassable roads, power outages, it’s all a part of the makeup of Belize.

So be prepared and pre-warned it’s a jungle out there, and for some that’s just half the fun. So pack your bags, grab your passport and be ready for adventure. Have an open mind and a willing attitude and you’ll love it. “ There’s no Starbucks, McDonald’s or Walmart here.” says Rodolfo smilingly. “Expect and accept some challenges and changes and you’ll be just fine.” Hey, you can’t have a great vacation without an adventurous story can you, and Swan Villas is just the place to start.

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Camping glamorously= glamping. We make it easy for you. Go ahead, play in the sand, snorkel, dive, fish and more. When you’re done, dinner will be ready, a roaring fire going and your sheets turned down. Sleeping to the sound of the ocean waves, we’re sure you’ll have the best nights sleep ever. Make your vacation unforgettable.

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The Land Rovers are full of gas, the tents have been cleaned and the call of adventure is calling. What should we do? Cave tubing, hiking and bird watching or boating, fishing, and snorkeling ? You decide. Any of our dedicated followers that recommend the best plan of action (adventure) will have an honorary mention in our blog. We’ll post results after the weekend, and thanks for following us. Don’t forget you can like us and follow along on facebook:


Easter dinner in Cancun Mexico??

Posted: April 5, 2013 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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We decided to have Easter dinner in Cancun Mexico. the weather was beautiful, the temperature was right, and we were feeling especially thankful for the true meaning of Easter.

The plan was to purchase ADO bus tickets for a straight through drive from Cancun to Belize city, where we would meet up with Mckinley Pritchard, a new found friend who lives in Placencia Belize, a beautiful resort area located on a peninsula, bordered on one side by the Carribean sea, the other by a 18 mile long lagoon.

The problem with plans, is sometimes, they do not work out as “planned”. The man at the counter said, “the only bus to Belize is full”. This was not good, Mckinley was driving to meet us in Belize city. We were told we could catch a bus to Chetumal, Mexico and cross into Belize on another bus line. With this being the only option, we went with it. This bus left two hours earlier and there would be a layover, so we missed dinner and hopped onboard, happy to still be heading in the right direction.

ADO buses are nice, rivaling any chartered bus line available in the states. An action movie played most of the trip, and it was entertaining just trying to read the lips of American actors, while their voices were dubbed in Spanish. The air conditioning was outstandingly cold! Angela, having read this warning online, brought light blankets to combat the Arctic air. At one point, she wrapped one around her head to deflect the icy blasts. In order to remain happily married, I chose not to share this photo on the blog. Take my word it was a sight! 5 hours later we arrived in Chetamul, chilled through and through, lack of sleep, and a little hungry.

With the time change, we learned we had 4 hours until the smaller bus would arrive. At 2:30 am, nothing was open, so we had officially missed Easter dinner, save the half sandwich wrapped in clear wrap from the little deli at the terminal. The “chicken bus”, turned out to not actually be a chicken bus. This was a smaller bus holding about 15-20 people. The driver was eclectic and amusing to watch as he interacted with the passengers. He often “grunted” and made painful noises, when he encountered heavy luggage, one of them being mine.

The bus ride was broken up only by the occasional close encounter with an oncoming bus headed the opposite direction. At one point, the driver pulled over for no apparent reason, without saying a word. 10 minutes later he emerged from behind a large dirt mound carrying his half full roll of toilet paper. Apparently when nature calls…..

Finally, we arrived in Belize city, only to be dropped off at another location than the pre determined terminal. Without phone access, and it being Easter holiday, none of the internet cafe’s were open, we hopped in a cab to the other side of town.

Pulling up to the terminal, we could not help but see Mckinley’s Land rover. He recently had it outfitted with a roof rack, ladder, and butane conversion. Needless to say, it was the only one of its kind on the street. We went inside, found Mckinley and the adventure continued!