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Creatures of the Night at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge

Piroque
Piroque

One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque,  one of the many species of night jars.  This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they  seem to  wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.

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Toledo District

We Have been thinking about ways we could promote Belize’s Toledo District (aka the forgotten district) and so we decided to spend a few days having a look around.

Cotton Tree Lodge acted as our hosts and we also visited The Lodge At Big Falls and Tranquility Lodge, outside of town and Blue BelizeCoral House and Beya Suites in Punta Gorda.

Tide Tours, with an office in “downtown” Punta Gorda, was very helpful with information about the many attractions  to see and things to do in the area. Continue reading Toledo District

Looking Back – Episode 1

What it was like before Running Water & Electricity

Guests often ask what it was like at duPlooy’s in the days before electricity and running water… Well my favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.

One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies.  When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, as well as essential items , they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed … while on the other hand, for us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change  (each-way),  with more riding  around town in order to find the basics … and there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!

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Wildlife Report

Wildlife News for October 2013

Kinkajous are Regular Visitors to duPlooy’s

… joining us on the deck for cocktail hour.  While you are enjoying your half-price rum drinks, they are chowing down on complementary fruits and entertaining us all as they swing down from the trees to grab their complimentary snacks.

Here’s a little bit of Kinkajou information so that you will appear to be “in the know” when discussing Kinkajous with other guests.

Little Known factoid – Though many of its features and traits sound like those of a primate, the kinkajou is actually related to the raccoon.

Dont' bite my hand
Dont’ bite my hand

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