We were at the bus depot early and imagine our surprise when this bus rolled in. We took a second look when we noticed the destination of Bellingham. I checked, there is no Bellingham, Belize. This cushy bus was not going to Placencia, so we waited for the 'chicken bus'. When I mentioned to my sister that we took the chicken bus, she had a vision of crates of chickens tied to the roof. This is not the case, as most of them are just older style school bus types rather than the air conditioned beauty you see above.
This is what we call a 'chicken bus'. Please don't confuse us with Mexico.
To get to Placencia from Belize City by bus, you need to travel from Belize City to Belmopan on the Western Highway, Belmopan to Dangriga on the Hummingbird Highway, and Dangriga to Placencia on the Southern Highway. Total travel time is anywhere from four to five hours, depending on how many stops there are to pick up and drop off passengers along the highway and how long the stop in each city or town is. The highway from Belmopan to Dangriga is one of the most picturesque roads in Belize. Some typical scenes along the way are:
House along the roadside.
Another house on the roadside.
No need to walk on the highway here in the village of Armenia.
At any given time you will find a bus full of mothers and children. The children of Belize are beautiful as you can see by the pictures I took on this bus ride.
In this photo she was looking away, and I got her by surprise. You have to love those eyes.
The next morning, after breakfast, we borrowed a couple of bicycles from the hotel and pedalled into Placencia Village. Just a short ten miles. Don't try this at home kids. If you do decide to cycle from Maya Beach to Placencia Village, make sure you take lots and lots of water. It was a very hot day, but we did it. We walked along the boardwalk all the way to the end. We had lunch at Shak's and sat looking at the water.
This crocodile was just hanging.
The two crocodiles, sunning and hanging.