Welcome to Belize – Part 2

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The tropical Belize in Central America is considered a delicacy for all travel enthusiasts who are looking for off the beaten trails of mass tourism, tranquility, relaxation and exceptional nature experiences. The Caribbean feeling of life is experienced in its most beautiful and original form.

Every year, about 200,000 tourists this green oasis in a class . Divers and snorkelers will be fascinated by the reefs and coral islands , with Belize has to offer something very unique with his riff : It is the longest and overall second largest reef of its kind in the world.

The calls also avid anglers on the scene, which can adjust its floating loot to their heart’s desire , which is certainly not likely to be suitable for consumption each of the locally very close to 400 species of fish. Hapless Petri disciples still do not despair , because , of course, always provide the numerous fish restaurants their hungry guests the freshest tidbits on .

Belize as a state consists of the mainland and from about 1000 islands, of which Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are likely to be known .

The fantastic wealth of Belize’s flora – there are thousands of different varieties at home – is breathtaking. Far more than 200 orchids and 500 species of trees are located here and grow predominantly in their full glory in the natural and intact tropical rain and jungle. These unique and literally primeval forest areas hint at incomprehensible dimensions of the former Central American rain forest must have been . Even today, Belize’s most impressive “green lungs ” very easy to spot in satellite images from space.

In the vast Savannas are found as a genuine alternative program spacious pine forests. Where the soil is wet and boggy – essentially in coastal areas – to mangroves have conquered the ground unchallenged.

All these valuable and sometimes unique green oasis require special care . That is why more than half of Belize under protection.

The wildlife of this Caribbean paradise is , however, at least as spectacular as its flora. The jaguar is the third largest cat in the world and the largest cat in America, yet nature reserve has lived here since the times of Maja and can also start with a bit of luck in the wild in the Cockscomb Basin are observed . The brightly colored toucans create colorful and vocal accents that dot the coastline of countless delicate butterflies. The river crocodiles and snakes in the visitor should , however, if at all, only approach in professional supervision and a safe distance .

Numerous nature reserves invite thrill-seeking guests to pure enjoyment of nature and to special encounters. The most famous national parks called Blue Hole, Five blues Lake , Guanacaste, Laughing Bird Caye, Community Baboon Sanctuary and Rio Bravo .

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Jaguar , in the rainforest of Belize

Who loves anyway the unfathomable sea in general, the Caribbean in particular and the unspoilt nature , which will be tied up completely of Belize. There are five worldwide unique attractions that deserves everyone who can inspire for blue and other miracles. Talking about the marine Blue Hole and Shark Ray Alley , from the islands of Half Moon Caye and Laughing Bird Caye and the Hol Chan Reserve.

The Blue Hole

The ” blue hole” ( Blue Hole ) is the stunning visual and geographical center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll , as if the “eye ” of the Caribbean . The name is here literally program, because in the spectacular top view does in front of the astonished observer a deep blue circular abyss in the sea on . This abyss is once been a cave that collapsed in front of several years tens of thousands and has formed with the sinking in the forces of nature that country bizarre structure that even the Blessed Jacques Cousteau impressed deeply in modern times. The blue hole is 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep. There’s plenty of room for astonishment – and for divers who understandably like to romp around .

The second underwater shine light on Belize’s Caribbean coast is the Shark Ray Alley with its wild animals. Adventurers divers here have a sensational opportunity to meet countless stingrays in the wild -water ride . Right next door dancing nurse sharks to the tune of the Dive Masters who always rewarded their animal ballet performance generously with a decent portion treat. For sports funding goes to Caribbean. Who goes there after the dive of a different kind goes without meaningful underwater photos back on land – must just down again .

Half Moon Caye is a strictly protected refuge for schnäbelnde red-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds in love , which can provide in heavenly peaceful neighborhood for the undisturbed preservation of its kind here . Much luxury has spread in the bird world – nearly 80 species of migratory birds make on Half Moon Caye regular stopover .

Other animals also enjoy here the benevolent protection of a sheltered natural parks. These include various iguanas , lizards and pregnant with many turtles eggs , both the real and the unreal . Here there is just literally a weather to lay eggs .

Careful snorkelers and divers on Half Moon Caye to discover lots of quick alive.

The small island of Laughing Bird Caye owes its name to the countless black-headed gulls that were once here at home , but presumably due to the increasing presence of humans gradually have permitted to sell . Whether they ever return, is not certain , even if it is desired and supported. Fortunately, the most beautiful thing this island has to offer , a very low-noise pleasure – magnificent dive sites and snorkeling waters.

The Hol Chan Reserve is located on Ambergris Caye, Madonna’s legendary ” Isla Bonita ” . Here are 13 square kilometer area under protection and offer the visitors wonderful gentle impressions. Of course you can also be dipped – but the takeaway of marine souvenirs and fishing is of course strictly prohibited. And people stick to it – in gratitude for they are richly rewarded with a lush and again intact underwater world.

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