After months in Mexico, I’m finally in another country. Belize is an ex British colony and was known as British Honduras until it gained independence in 1981. The spoken language is English but they also speak Criole which is a derivative of English with some African influence. The African influence comes from the slave trade where up to four fifths of the population were enslaved. The British gained possession of Belize from the Spanish after a short war. Four years later slavery was abolished.
I’ll only be here for a couple of days as it is a small geographical country and I need to make up some time. I headed west towards the Guatemala border.
The roads are in good condition, not up to the US or Mexican standards but still pretty good.
Heading west I went through the plains and the wetlands. The wetlands had many varieties of birdlife.
I passed through a few towns and noticed most of the homes were small wooden buildings on stilts. The people I met were all friendly and a couple waved as I rode by. The forecast again was for rain so I managed to find a camp an hour before the rain came.
Day 461 Tuesday 8th December 2015
I headed for the border to Guatemala. Getting through the Belize border was straight forward.