Jasper's Guatemala and Belize Adventure travel blog

Crimson-Collared Tanager

Collared Aracari

Scorpion spotted on jungle walk

Green iguana along river

Canoeing along the Macal River

Vine snake


Now we are in the Belizian jungle. Here at the Mystic River Lodge, birds and wildlife are everywhere. We went river-tubing down the river twice, and canoeing down the river too. When we went tubing, we took a 4-wheel drive Polaris up the river about 20 minutes, and then floated down the river for about 1 1/2 hours back to the hotel. Along the river we saw iguanas in the treetops, a vine snake in a tree, great egrets, and other birds.

From the restaurant of the Mystic River Lodge, some of the birds we saw were the collared aracaris, the red-throated ant tanager, and the blue-crowned motmot. One night at dinner, I was sitting there eating and I looked down to see a huge tarantula crawl by our table. It was almost the size of my hand and it was about 3 feet away. Man was that a huge spider! My dad,my brother and I went for a jungle walk. When we reached the top of the hill my dad lifted up a rock and said, "Scorpion!". We all knew what was coming. It was a fun jungle experience.

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