For anyone interested in exploring the deep jungle of Belize, this article, A Spotted History of Belize, in The Independent, London’s edgy morning daily, is a great read. Travel writer Ben Reed travels to the Blancaneaux Lodge out of San Ignacio, Belize and looks for, among other things, big jungle cats.
During his stay he tags along with local naturalists from the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve who are conducting one of their periodic studies of the resident felines and he’s disappointed he doesn’t come face-to-face with a jaguar, but the naturalists’ night-time “photo traps” do “catch” pumas, margays and “several close-ups of tapirs’ bottoms.”
Reed’s review of the trip includes raves about the pizza at the resort’s wood-lined Montagna Restaurant, horse stables, local swimming holes, and staff. Clearly though, for him, the highlight of the trip seems to have been adding to his Life List the keel-billed toucan while birding.