Cycling The Globe

A Cycle Touring Expedition Around The World

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Day 1722, Flores – San Ignacio, Belize!

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jul - 07 - 2015

Distance: 110.1 km
Ride time: 6:04:37
Average: 18.1 km/h
Max speed: 64.4 km/h
Total: 37187 km

Guatemala had turned into one of my favourite countries. I could have stayed much longer, but it was time to head towards the border with Belize. Heavy clouds were hanging over Flores as I left in the morning, and so it would continue all day, the weather matching the state of my mind – sad to leave another place that I liked a whole lot. Oh well, that is bound to happen when you cycle around the world.

Belize is country number 35 on this trip, and out of all those places it might be the country I knew the least about while crossing the border. I had googled that they use the Belize Dolar, but that was pretty much all.

I would soon learn that quite a few things changed in Belize. First of all English is an official language – something I have not experienced since leaving Australia in 2013. They also seemed to use miles to indicate distances.

I had some idea that Belize would be a richer country compared to the rest of central America. The country surely has rich people, but there was not much wealth to be found out here on the country side. In fact, much the opposite. The state of the roads also took a turn for the worse, and they hadn’t been too good the last couple of days in Guatemala.

Based on my 6th sense I didn’t feel like wild camping so I stopped at a hotel to ask for the price of a room; 40$. Hmm, that was steep compared to Guatemala. The next hotel was 20$, but then a friendly guy came over to tell me that there was a camp site in town. Here a paid 5$ to put up my tent and the place even had WiFi.

In the whole south and central America, signs on every toilet have warned not to flush the toilet paper down the drain. Now that is suddenly allowed again. A pure culture shock 🙂

I’m looking forward to explore more of this fascinating place tomorrow.

Categories: Belize, Guatemala
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One Response so far.

  1. New Zealand has English as an official language. 🙂

    A shame it says you can’t wash your clothes in the sink!