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Ontario Village Restaurants

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    by ymike2000 Updated Jul 10, 2003

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    At Iguana Creek Resort, Sunny prepared delicious meals for us in her open-air kitchen.

    Favorite Dish: It's all good :-)

    A frequent guest at Sunny's kitchen
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Ontario Village Nightlife

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    by ymike2000 Written Feb 17, 2003

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    Bring a book if you want something to do after dinner. We just went to bed when it got dark so we would have the strength to be active during the day.

    Rest up for daytime activities!
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Ontario Village Transportation

  • Canoe on the Belize River

    We had a guide take us on a 2-1/2 hour, 18 mile trip down the Belize River in a canoe. This was a great way to really get into the dense jungle. Also, since a canoe is relatively quiet, you won't scare the animals away. So a canoe trip is a good oppotunity to see some local wildlife.Please see my travelogues for more photos of our canoe trip!

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  • Ride horseback into the jungle

    We rode horses up into the jungle. Never leaving the Iguana Creek Resort property, we rode and hiked for 3 hours.

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Ontario Village Local Customs

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    by ymike2000 Written Feb 16, 2003

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    This photo illustrates how TIME is treated in the jungle. This bus is crossing the Belize River on a ferry. On the other side are 2 vehicles. When the ferry reaches the other side (it took about 10 minutes to cross), the first vehicle (the tractor) will get a ride back (another 10 minutes). After the tractor drives off the ferry, the ferry will wait until another vehicle arrives at the river. It will not go back to the other side just to pick up the truck. I guess the moral of the story is not to plan your day around your watch. Being in any sort of hurry would be infuriating. In a way, this makes Belize an ideal vacation spot!

    Ferry across the Belize River
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Ontario Village Warnings and Dangers

  • Man's best friend

    In the jungle, it's good to have a dog with you. Dogs chase away animals you really don't want to have to deal with, like snakes. Belize is home to a number of deadly snakes. The people who run the resort told us they've lost a number of dogs (and even a horse) to snakebites. But when a snake sees a dog, and feels the vibrations in the ground from...

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  • Watch out for falling iguanas!

    When they feel they are in danger, iguanas jump right out of the trees into the water. We were told by our guide that they have been known to land in the canoe, which is unfortunate for both the iguana and the occupants of the boat. If a frightened 3-4 foot lizard lands in your canoe, it will surely capsize. If you manage to escape without any...

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  • Guides

    Don't go into the jungle without someone who knows where he's going. We had 2 guides, Juan and his son Jose, leading our horses. Juan talked, Jose translated. They carried machetes to keep the trails clear, ward off animals and slice fresh coconuts :-)Juan and his family live in a house at the resort. They are immigrants from Guatemala.

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Ontario Village Off The Beaten Path

  • Last stop

    At the end of our horseback ride, we came to another terrific view. We waited here for our ride back to the resort. No hurry, I thought.

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  • Mayan Ruins

    This is an entrance to one of many un-excavated Mayan sites we saw on in the jungle. Centuries of jungle foliage all but cover up the sites, leaving just a mound of dirt with some exposed rock. When the archeologists come to work on them they dig to reveal the structure. Of course, the Belize government is far more interested in the big sites for...

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  • Jungle trail

    The trails through the jungle need constant attention or else they disappear.We hiked this part of the trail, as the horses would have had trouble with it.

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Ontario Village Favorites

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    by ymike2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Ontario Village is just an hour from Belize City. And from here, many of Belize's top jungle attractions are within an hour drive. It's good to be in the middle of things.

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