If you are heading to Belize in early March, your trip coincides with Baron Bliss Day which has developed into a national festival. So if you are going to be in the neighborhood, why not plan to spend an extra day or two taking in BBD!

In recent years the festivities have included a multi-day canoe race, the La Ruta Maya Belize River ChallengeThe route runs west to east along the Macal and Belize Rivers, once the only link between beautiful San Ignacio, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and the bustling port of Belize City. This is a race for everyone (not just professional racers)!


The canoes will leave San Ignacio on March 8 and arrive in Belize City on March 11. The teams, which race for station prizes along the way, battle for the major cash prizes awarded at the end of the race.

Parrot-Nest grounds
Parrot-Nest grounds

Occasionally I exchange emails with Marcus, the owner of The Parrot Nest in Bullet Tree Falls, Belize. The Parrot Nest is a great, low-cost alternative to the more expensive lodges in Western Belize (called Cayo). Recently Marcus notified me that he has a new aggregated Belize blog; he collects other blog posts about Western Belize and posts them on this collection page. If you are thinking of traveling to San Ignacio, this is a great resource.

Recent articles posted on his blog included a photo tour of San Ignacio via public bus, a plea for financial assistance form the Cayo Outdoor Theatre, a San Ignacio restaurant review, and an article about 36 weddings that are planned for December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar) at Cahal Pech Mayan ruin!

His aggregated blog is called the Cayo Scoop! Best of Cayo’s Online Magazine.