El Cuco

El Cuco
Today I decided to bike along El Cuco‘s coastline, to see what was up.

There are very few people to be seen, and except for a couple of hundred meters next to the “town”, there are barely any buildings either. Just beach and trees.
Endless beach
The dark sand is really silky smooth, not a rock as far as the eyes can see.

Funny birds
I saw these cute little birds jumping out of my way. And the absolute highlight of the day (which I was unable to capture) was that a big flock of bigger birds suddenly glided along the beach in the same direction as I was biking, and it was awesome to be right among them at almost the same speed, as if I were part of their gang. It was like a movie!

River crossing
I had to cross a couple of river outlets. Luckily they were not deep and I could bike through without getting stuck or drown.

El Cuco Selfie 2
I stopped four kilometers from the town, where you can find the more famous La Tortuga Verde hostel. It’s where I had originally planned to stay last night, but it would have been too far to bike in the darkness.

Also, I’ve read many bad reviews about the place.

Either way, there was not much to do there, just a couple of people swimming and a restaurant that is famous for being slow and overpriced. I biked back to find more affordable food near my hostel.

Hostal Casa de Canela
The small town is quite clean and cozy, but I can’t help but think that there are so many other places in the world that are at least as nice, but more affordable. The cheapest meal I could find was 5 USD, at a restaurant right next to the beach. The chicken was frighteningly tasty though! What did they do with this?!
Food

I saw a lost Chinese girl walking on the beach, and I found it funny that even in a distant place like this, they can be found.

When I got back to the hostel, the same Chinese girl was there! And lo and behold, it turned out to be the same girl who had helped trying to fix my bike back in Flores, Guatemala! The world is so small!

Football
Then I watched Sweden lose an important World Cup qualifying game against Bulgaria.

We also went to the beach together as the sun was setting, to try to take some nice pictures. I’ll end this update with some of those, as I can’t choose only one:
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Belmopan – San Ignacio

l Belmopan to san ignacio
My new Belizean family (I think I’ll miss them!) gave me a ride to the closest bigger city Belmopan (the third largest in Belize, but still not even 20,000 inhabitants), we said farewell, and I could finally continue my journey.
farewell
Since I hadn’t biked in more than a week, today’s distance of 42 km was a comfortable one to get back into it again. It has more hills than ever before on my trip, and I’m still not sure what I think of it. During the longer uphill parts, I wish it would stay leveled at all times, but when it’s downhill, I go “woooo, this is totally worth it!”
up and down
Doooown. And then up again.

Other than that, I have absolutely nothing interesting to tell about the ride. It was pleasant and took less than two hours to reach San Ignacio.
bridge to san ignacio
To enter San Ignacio, you have to cross this bridge.
bridge crossing
It was a little tricky to bike on such a narrow path. But I refused to get off to walk!

I was now in the closest town to the Guatemalan border, and I checked in at a hostel named Acropolis Maya Hotel. I noticed I’m close to another country, because the prices are much lower here! In most of Belize, you basically have to pay 45-50 Belizean dollars (2 BZD = 1 USD) for one night, but here I got a dorm bed for 25.

The strange thing is that even though I asked if they had a dorm and he said yes, he took me to a private room with two beds! I’m still wondering if someone else will use the second bed, but I’m hoping not.
Either way, a good deal! (And I’ve already paid, so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises tomorrow!)
Acropolis Maya Hotel

I haven’t explored the town much, but it’s built on hills, and wherever you go, you’re walking (or biking) either uphill or downhill. I’ve heard that there are many adventurous things to do here, like kayaking, visiting more Mayan ruins, and more.

I’m continuing to Guatemala tomorrow though, so I just took a walk to buy some groceries, and that was it.
san ignacio sunset
At least I got to see this amazing sunset.