For our second week, we made our way into the heart of the Belizean jungle, with a stop on the way to ride inner tubes on an river through enormous caves. We stayed at the beautiful Black Rock Ecolodge, which was only accessible by a 45 minute drive from the highway, on one of the bumpiest roads we've ever experienced. Due to the remote nature of the lodge, meals were served communally in an amazing open air deck. The natural surroundings were conducive to lots of relaxing, reading, and hammock swinging in our riverside bungalow. We did partake in a few more energetic activities at the lodge, including, hiking, tubing down the river rapids, canoeing, horseback riding, and some close encounters with rabies!
There was beauty and culture beyond the lodge as well. The highlight and most difficult day trip was to Actun Tunichil Muknal(ATM). After a short mile hike you spend nearly three hours spelunking through water until you reach artifacts and actual human remains of the Mayan people. We also took a day trip to Tikal in Guatemala, one of the largest archaeological sites from pre-Columbian Maya civilization, which was informative and impressive but didn't hold a candle to ATM.
To close out the trip we drank too much wine on our last night, struggled through the bumpy car ride & Ziplined across the jungle before boarding our plane home.