geology trip was Belize. We arrived in Belize City in the morning, and took a boat to St. George's Caye. The Caye was gorgeous--peaceful, quiet (no cars, and hardly any people since it's small and away from the big tourist spots), clear skies and water. After dropping off our things at the Ecomar research station, and a delicious lunch, we got back on the boat and headed to a dive spot for scuba and snorkeling.
Belize Barrier Reef is the longest in the Western hemisphere, and one of the longest in the world. I hadn't been snorkeling or diving in a long time, so this was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
halimeda. After that most of us headed back to the station, but B and a colleague left again for a night dive.
rainforest. We stopped at Nohoch Che'en
Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve for a cave tubing tour. We walked through the forest, learning about the indigenous trees and plants on our way--everything from allspice to the great ceiba tree.
Belize Zoo for an after-hours tour. It's a small zoo, situated right in the forest environment, and contains only native Belizean animals that have been orphaned, rescued, or bred in captivity--we saw tapirs, howler monkeys, a jaguar, a harpy eagle, and more. Being right in the forest, we also unexpectedly crossed paths with a wild fer-de-lance, an extremely venomous snake, which was very exciting!