United Airlines on board Hemispheres magazine presents Belize



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Posted: Friday April 2, 2021. 8:25 PM CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The latest edition of Hemispheres, United Airlines’ in-car magazine, showcases Belize’s tourist attraction through an article titled Three perfect days Belize written by Ali Wunderman.

Wunderman describes Belize as “a place that escapes stereotypes. It is neither completely Central American (the national language is English) nor entirely Caribbean (it seems there is no all-inclusive in sight). On the contrary, this small country of 400,000 inhabitants finds its place in its diversity, mixing the customs, cuisines and communities of people of Mayan, Kriol, Garifuna and mestizo origin, to name a few. In her introduction, she writes about the landscape, seas, dense tropical forest, stone ruins and cave systems. She says that because of Belize’s “unwavering commitment to conservation, wildlife is everywhere, which is why Belize is home to the largest concentration of jaguars in the world.”

Its perfect three days include features from San Pedro to Cayo to Placencia while enjoying the food, animals, and beauty of the country.

During the first day, Wunderman is in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, where the sun “begins to rise over the Caribbean Sea when I wake up, a daily coincidence that only occurs when I’m in Belize, as if the heavenly bodies conspired to make sure that I didn’t miss the magnificent view while sleeping, as I would at home. She says she’s spent a lot of time in Belize but hasn’t been here since 2020, so she is “more than happy to be back. Looking at the waves, I almost feel like to dream.

In San Pedro, Wunderman visits the Belizean Melody Art North Gallery, after which Felipe Paz, Belize Foods Tour guide, takes him on a food sampling tour that included a number of famous companies selling food, snacks and desserts.

After the food tour, she joins Captain Charlie “for a snorkeling session at Mexico Rocks, a shallow area of ​​protected reef” where she mingles with green turtles, nurse shark, dragon-tooth barracudas, remoras and massive spotted eagle rays in the middle of rock like corals.

Day 2 takes him inland to Cayo. On the way, Zhawn Poot, a guide with tour and shuttle provider Belizing, stops her at the Belize Zoo, where she is “entered by Da Queen and Panama, a pair of massive harpy eagles that look like recalcitrant. from the Jurassic period. “

Wunderman notes that Poot is dropping her off “at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, an upscale boutique property with vintage charm perched on a hill overlooking San Ignacio.”

Since it’s Saturday, Wunderman observed that “the stalls in San Ignacio’s market are lively, the open-air stalls chilled by a breeze from the Macal River. The diversity of the produce amazes me: the locals casually pick up various fruits that I couldn’t even begin to name.

The afternoon takes him to the Mayan ruin, Cahal Pech. “It’s like walking through a portal to a thousand years in the past.”

Her busy day then takes her to Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve, where she and her friend Steph from the Hotel San Ignacio “walked down the rickety handmade staircase to a beach. gigantic boulders at the base of the 150 foot waterfall. ” There she receives a “back massage from the waterfall, leaving me soothed and invigorated at the same time.”

Her third perfect day begins before sunrise and sets out in search of the black and white hawk eagle. Bird watching guide Roni Martinez takes him to Black Rock Lodge. On the way, when it is still foggy, they see two keel-billed toucans – the national bird of Belize. As they enjoy fries and coffee, they spot the black and white hawk eagle. “As we focus our lens on the awe-inspiring bird, the jungle comes to life,” Wunderman writes. “A red-headed manakin dances on a bush below us, while a herd of aracaris bounces in a tree to our left.”

On his return to San Ignacio, the guide Poot takes him south to the Placencia peninsula “on the southern coast fringed with white sandy beaches, dotted with elegant hotels and crowned by a discreet fishing village”.

On their way through the jungle on the Hummingbird Highway, they stop for homemade ice cream at The Country Barn. A little later, Ali feasts on the “sweetest pineapples in the country” on the valley road before tasting the best Tamales of Belize “Fyah Haat” by Miss Bertha.

When they arrive in Placencia, she dumps her things at Francis Ford Coppola’s Placencia resort and joins Melvin Arevalo, the hotel’s ornithologist, in search of Belize’s scarlet macaws. They find “at least 30 cheerful parrots screaming and playing just above us, flashes of rubies in the emerald canopy. From the lookout, I watch them soar in pairs of majestic allies across the valley.

On her return the sun sets and she goes for a tour of the lagoon after which she enjoys the last rays of the sun at the bar of the Placencia Yacht Club.

Ali Wunderman says Belize “brought out the best in me”.

She ends her perfect three days with “clink our Belikin beer bottles together, toasting another great day”.

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