BY: Peter Wolf
Licensed Tour Operator in Belize
The average Belizean still believes
that his country is listed as the
number 1 ranking Ecotourism
countries in the world.
There is a flaw in his mind because
he does not decide the ranking but
the visitors do. And the average
Belizean does not want to see reality
but he wants to believe.
He wants to believe in the
superiority of his country, in God and
in everything what makes him happy.
So it is not easy to speak about
another view of realities. Give me a
chance to try it.
Ecotourism means something like
living in line with nature. People all
over the world pay extraordinary fees
to experience this kind of holidays.
They are riding to Equator, exploring
Brazil or Botswana and some of them
are coming to Belize. You are reading
right. Some of them, Belize is not the
middle point of earth.
Belize – advertised by the Belize
Tourism Board (BTB) – As Mother
Nature’s Best Kept Secret -
compared to the world tourism – only
a very few guests. They are coming
with high expectations and are willing
to spend for an average two week
vacation approximately 10,000 BZD
a head. This number is not an
estimate from the government or
myself, it is a result of a yearly poll,
asked in the USA, Canada and
The question was and is – how
much are you willing to spend for a
nice eco friendly vacation in Belize?
Let us see what the tourist gets - They
are going to swim in the Blue Hole on
the Hummingbird Highway. After a
few minutes, the so advertised eco
friendly spot is disturbed through a
truck, using jack brakes on the
nearby highway. All the birds are
getting quite to give space to this
dominating noise from this reckless
eco unfriendly entertaining driver.
“Let us go to a quieter place in
our eco friendly country. A jungle
walk through the Guanacaste
National Park nearby gives you
a nice impression about our
variety of plants and a good
opportunity to swim in th river at
the junction of Roaring Creek and
Belize River. It is a beautiful spot.
To hell with the Blue Hole.” The
tour guides guiding.
Going up the Hummingbird
Highway, dodging potholes and
hoping the unsigned bumps are not
destroying the axle of the car, Guide
and Eco tourists approaching the
Guanecaste National Park.
A well motivated girl at the
reception is greeting the newcomers,
but she has either to interrupt her
speech or to raise her voice because
right in front of the Ecopark a truck
with an ill muffler is passing the place.
The tourists are becoming pisst. “Do
you have another location without
noise pollution?” they ask.
“Sure, in Mountain Pine Ridge is
it very quiet. But I cannot go there straight; I have to change my car.
The road is too bad. It is not too
expensive to go there but you need
to grip a little money out of your
Tired of all this exiting but
unexpected experiences the guests
agree to pay up front. Car change at
the Georgeville junction and off you
go in a Land Rover at about 15 miles
per hour in a temperature of 102
degrees Fahrenheit in the air in the
middle of dust in an eco unfriendly 12
miles per gallon car on a bumpy path
you cannot call a road anymore.
Its 70 miles to Caracol, on the way
are most of the inland highlights of
Belize. (Big Rock, Rio Frio, Rio
on, Five Sisters, Calico Jacks,
Bartoon Creek, 1000 ft Falls ….)
but the price is more then one grip in
The visitor’s disks are complaining
… Eco friendly paperbags are served
to get the tourists vomit off the road.
No littering in Belize! We are caring
about our pristine environment! Vomit
in the paperbag and take it home!
(There are no garbage cans on the
road! Why – we are Eco friendly
we pull it down, only foreigners
And then, the noise again Ratta Ta
Tat Ratta Ta Tat. A log truck comes
down the terrible road out of the
Mountain Pine Ridge with Jack
Brakes or no muffler, it does not
matter anymore. Ecotourism PLUS
logs and Plus without muffler.
Belize is THE Ecotourism country
in the world.
This is only one reason why the
tourism in Belize is flowering.
Ratte tat a, better ha ha ha.
In the morning – the tourists flees the
country – everything is fine. Ever
single morning show starts his rhythm
with Welcome to the beautiful Belize,
the most blessed country of the world.
And so it goes down on and on and
on …. And the tourists keep staying
away and the people are loosing jobs
but the average Belizean believes,
Belize is still the most beautiful place
in the world and the number one in