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Ruta Maya 4 – Dead Man’s Island

Saturday 12th April 2014

Case and I drinkie too muchie the night before, but we just about managed to drag our carcasses out of bed and managed to make it to Lance’s gaff before noon.

Today we’d be visiting Lance’s island… Dead Man’s Island. And since the island might well be haunted, we bought a weally weally cute puppy called “Gringo” with us for protection.

On the way to the island, Lance took us into the town centre where we attended a charity barbecue with his family.

After which we headed along the New River towards Dead Man’s Island.

Lance at the wheel
Ooh look – there’s our boat ready to go!
That's Dead Man's Island over the water.
Once on the island, we unpacked Gringo…
Lance took him for a swim…
Real men love puppies

and Casey and I went for a hack through the jungle, which culminated in us getting a couple of kick-ass magic hour photos of us doing our best Ginger Indy/Ginger Lara impressions.

After a good bit of exploring (the ants make superhighways which criss-cross the entire island and turkey vultures don’t half produce a lot of shit) we met back up with Lance and Gringo.
Nothing beats an island and a cold beer.

And took the little rowboat back to the “mainland”.

Adiós Dead Man’s Island!

That night headed back to the ranch to watch Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley knocking seven shades of crap out of each other on the telly.

After a few (probably too many) cold ones and Lance filling in his colourful backstory on the mean streets of LA, we crashed out on the floor of the room behind the bar. Tomorrow we’d be heading over the northern border to Mexico in search of adventure, excitement and more bits of Mayan awesomeness. Thanks Lance!!

If you're ever in Orange Walk, you know where to go: Lamanai Riverside Retreat!!

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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