Waterfalls of Little Barton Creek @ Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

Little Barton Creek Waterfall - Photo by Caroline Dixey

Waterfall seen from the medicinal plant trial along Little Barton Creek in Belize

Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge is blessed with water on 3 sides. Big Barton Creek and Little Barton Creek form two boundaries and the Belize River marks the back of Lower Dover’s 100 acre jungle property. The constant water supply likely had a huge impact when the Maya built a large, recently identified ceremonial settlement on our property.

Lower Dover Belize Hotel - Creek Swimming in the Jungle - Photo by Caroline Dixey

Little Barton Creek has a series of 7 tufa dam waterfalls located from where the lodge sits until the Belize River in the back. Bathing in the creek is an extremely refreshing break from hot Belizean days.  The creek is also a perfect spot for a wake up dip, when the water temperature is actually warmer than the air. It is also the preferred location to recover from a sever hangover, otherwise known locally as a “Gomer”.

Tufa Dam Waterfall on Little Barton Creek in Belize

On top of Little Barton Creek Swimming Hole at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

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Maya or Mayan? An Explanation

After seeing a Maya hotel sign while visiting Palenque, and after hearing friends refer to their MAYA ancestors that we began to think…something does not sound right.

Maya vs. Mayan sign at Best Western Palenque Hotel

Was it a single versus plural thing?  One is Maya and 2+ are Mayans?  Or was the Creole dialect that chops off letters in words creeping into my speech patterns after living in Belize for several years?

As it turns out, Maya refers to everything Maya, except when referring to a Mayan language. For example, it’s Maya culture. Not Mayan culture.  It’s Maya archaeology, not Mayan archaeology.

Conversely, people speak Mayan, not Maya. So unless you are talking about a Mayan language, ALWAYS say Maya.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/12/08/278950/-Maya-vs-Mayan

Friday Flower Photos: “Spring” in Belize

The dry season is officially on at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize. It is a little strange to see all of the flowers in Belize blooming as the leaves are dropping due to lack of rain. Lower Dover has a deciduous rainforest on the property, not the evergreen version found near the equator. This means most of the leaves fall in the spring when the there is no rain so the trees have enough energy to seed.

Growing up in the States, spring time meant green and growth, where as Belize has a lengthy dry season during the same months. It’s just hot and dry in Belize until the hurricane season starts in June. So if you visit Lower Dover in the next 2 months don’t be shocked to see lots of brown leaves on the ground. Luckily there are many bright flowers blooming to offset the lack of forest.

Flower in bloom from a Zericote Tree

Cashew blossom with ant pollinators

Papaya flower blossom

Orange Blossom at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

Nopal Cactus Blossom

Noni Fruit Blossom with bee pollinators

Purple jungle flower with bee pollinator

This tree gives off yellow flowers to signal the dry season

Pink tropical flower from the bunkhouse garden

Blooming flowers from the bunkhouse garden at Lower Dover

Tropical pink roses with morning dew at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

Lower Dover dormitory flower garden white blossoms

We grow Marigold's everywhere as a organic pesticide

Pink flowers found at the Lower Dover bunkhouse flower garden

Sunday Snapshots: Best Bird Photos From Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

During the short period of writing the Lower Dover Jungle Lodge blog, we have been lucky to photograph many different tropical birds that call our 100 jungle acre hotel property home. These are some of our favorite bird shots from all of the bird stories we have done to this point. All of these bird photos were taken at Lower Dover.

Click here to read past bird watching stories.

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