Absolute blog: April 2013

Tailored touches continued…. a spiritual journey to the land of the ancients Mayans

17 April 13
AB was tasked with creating the ultimate Mayan Jungle immersion – a nine-day exploration into the ancient Mayan and wildlife worlds in the heart of the Belizean jungle for 8 ladies and their guide, timed to coincide with the “impending apocalypse ” of December 2012. We would like to share their experiences…..
“It was December 2012 and the impending apocalypse – according some people’s interpretation of the Mayan calendar. Others believed the exact opposite – it was to be a time of renewal and of hope, and a new, more sustainable world order. Fortunately for me my world-traveling group of power women fell very definitely into the latter category. I was tasked by them of designing a spiritual journey to the land of the Mayan ancients, of witnessing their temples in the jungle – yet with all the creature comforts they had become accustomed to on their travels with me over the last twenty-five years.
What was I to do? Safari’s to the most remote areas of Africa, tiger viewing in India and leopards in Sri Lanka are second nature – but jaguar spotting in Belize I knew naught. Fortune smiled on me and I found Rachael Eteson and her tour operation, Absolute Belize. Rachael immediately grasped my nuanced request and provided an itinerary in short order. After a few tweaks I presented the final version to the group leader and we were good to go.
A minimum of movement, with the least discomfort, and three specific temples were the request. Accordingly Rachael teamed us up with Tropic Air. Their cheerful and professional pilots in Cessna Caravans flew us to and from each of the lodges on time and without a hitch. First stop was Hidden Valley Inn – a charming hotel high in the mountains, surrounded by miles of trails and stunning waterfalls. This was the jump off to Xunantunich, spectacularly sited high on a hill. In between times and the glorious dining, the girls were pampered at the spa and off on birding walks.
We were then whisked away on another flawless flight to the south of Belize to Punta Gorda and the exotic Belcampo Resort. Before being able to settle into their huge rooms with the largest showers we have ever seen we were descending the rail car to the river far below for a birding cruise. All the while with an eye on an expanding waistline with the bounty from the creative chefs, using the finest natural ingredients, we were off to another of the most famous Mayan ruins, Labaantun. We had another three days of bliss and spiritual introspection.
Final stop was Chan Chich – sitting in the middle of an ancient temple and not far from one of the most dramatic of all the Mayan temples in Belize – Lamanai, which we reached in dramatic fashion by river. We trekked up to the escarpment on the last December evening and under the light of the Full Moon we said goodbye to past and welcomed the new – in Mayan style.
 Rachael had done us proud – we did not get to see a jaguar (few do) but received everything else we had asked for, in comfort and in a luxurious manner we did not anticipate. She had a difficult task that was perfectly executed for which we thank her.”
Rory Johnston
Africa – Safari Style
“Discover the wilderness – discover your soul.”




Tailored touches

12 April 13
At AB we love to tailor specialist travel itineraries. We will be showcasing some of our favourite client moments that have put our planning precision and creative juices to the test…… sunrise meditations on Mayan temples? Weddings on deserted sand bars? Christmas day lobster spear fishing? Come on over and give us a challenge!
Here is a picture of our latest offering – private yoga tuition on a yacht.
Watch this space for more.
Yoga on a yacht

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