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Holiday photography from Belize and Guatemala!

Last week I had a rather momentous birthday, and it was really important to me that I celebrate it in the place I love most in the world, Belize. Although I have spent quite a bit of my traveling life venturing far off the beaten path, sometimes it’s nice to just RELAX in a place that’s beautiful, comfortable, and easy to travel.

I had been thinking it would be nice to have a small camera and a waterproof case so I can join couples on hikes and dives at destination weddings and capture some shots for which my usual equipment wouldn’t allow. So, rather than dragging my usual photo gear along, I chose to try out a Canon G12 compact camera, with which I was pretty impressed. (And the underwater case was really fun.)

The holiday began by spending five nights on Caye Caulker, which is a tiny little tropical paradise, where time never seems to move.
Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Santa visited on Christmas Day.
Caye Caulker dog

Sea kayaking on Christmas.
Sea kayak Caye Caulker

Belize Photography

Mangroves on the uninhabited side of the island.
Mangroves Caye Caulker

Belize Destination Photography

Lazy Lizard Caye Caulker

The Split Belize

This is an area of the island called “The Split”. There’s a bar at the end where you can sip drinks while fish swim around your feet, or you can do some decent snorkeling along this wall.

The Split Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

After Caye Caulker, it was time to head inland for a few days to visit the San Ignatio area.

San Ignatio Photography

The Parrot’s Nest Lodge-one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed.
The Parrot

Belize plant

An afternoon in a hammock in the jungle.
Cayo Belize

Belize Jungle

Parrot’s Nest Cabin
Parrot

From San Ignatio, it’s easy to set up a day trip into Guatemala to visit Tikal, and the wonderful owner at the Parrot’s Nest arranged the whole trip for several of the guests, who were all just really genuinely nice people.

Guatemala photo

Morning glory Guatemala

If I remember correctly, this crocodile’s name was Paola.
Tikal crocodile

Tikal.
Tikal Photography

Tikal Photography

Tikal Photography

Tikal

Tikal pyramid

Tikal pyramid

Tikal photography

Hey, look! It’s me, climbing a ruin in the pouring rain without falling off the side! It was raining so hard I couldn’t keep my eyes open for the picture.

Mushrooms Tikal

Leafcutter ants
Leafcutter ants Tikal

Tikal carving

These wild turkeys are reportedly seen almost nowhere other than Tikal.
Wild turkeys Tikal

This is the part where I climbed a pyramid and held onto the side for dear life while trying to take a photo.
Tikal pyramid

Tikal photography

Back to the Parrot’s Nest to relax for a day before heading back to the island.
Belize jungle

Parrot

Butterfly Belize

Belize butterfly

Trees Belize

Bullet Tree Falls

Back to Caye Caulker for New Year’s Eve.
Caye Caulker

Rasta boat Caye Caulker

Snorkling in Ho Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Sting Ray Alley near the island.

Moray Eel Belize

Snorkling Belize

Sharks!

Sharks Belize

Sting rays Belize

Sting Ray Belize

Yellowtail Belize Snorkling

Sharks Belize

Snorkling Belize

Lobster Belize

New Year’s Day on Caye Caullker
Lazy Lizard New Years

Caye Caulker Destination

The Split Caye Caulker

Now someone needs to get married in Belize so I can go shoot it. Or maybe I should move there and start my own destination wedding company. Hmmmm…

Cheryll - 01/19/2012 - 11:03 am

Wow, beautiful pics!

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