Interim Expeditions

Belize: Culture, Art and Ecology

Explore both the lush jungle and marine ecosystems of Belize. Tobacco Caye, a remote sandbar in the marine reserve, has the second largest reef in the world where you will spend days in or on the water, snorkeling and kayaking. Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics and stoneware. Learn about the Mola style of art and create your own.
This will be a very active interim; we will be outside all day every day exploring both the jungle and marine ecosystems of Belize! For the first half of our trip, we will base out of Pooks Hill Lodge. While here we will explore the intricacies of the ATM cave, canoe the Rio Macal and visit the Xunantunich Mayan ruins. There is also spectacular birding and we will walk into jungle to experience the Mayan foothills ecosystem of this lush and diverse habitat. Ms. Green will work with us to learn about the Mola style of art and we will use our surroundings as inspiration to create our own Molas. From there we transfer to Tobacco Caye, a small and remote 5-acre sandbar island in the middle of the South Water Cayes Marine Reserve, which hosts the second-largest barrier reef in the world. We will spend almost all day in or on the water for our three days there snorkeling and kayaking to experience the diversity of the marine life. Tobacco Caye is simple and remote: no electricity, internet or phone so we will truly bond with one another and the gorgeous sea that surrounds us. Belize is a magical land and this interim will be an immersive adventure into exploring the culture, art and ecology of this Central American gem.
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