Perched high above the Belize River, shaded by the towering mammoths of the jungle, sits this three bedroom, two bath home. Large screened windows let in the light, the breeze and the view!
Hummingbirds dart like mini “Jetsons” back and forth from the feeders, toucan’s craakk, craakk , and howlers screech above the constant trills and calls of the myriads of hidden neighbours.
With no human neighbours and no streetlights, we sleep like logs. A walk around the grounds rewards us with fresh lemongrass, jungle chillies, limes, mango, avocado, passion, and dragon fruit.
We are fortunate to have another house sit, here deep in the jungle near Belmopan, Belize. How else could we experience this?
This is hard to match. A neighbouring resort boasts a jungle retreat, yet guests look out over manicured lawn to the river below. The closest glimpse they will get of a howler monkey is the troop across the river. Despite the hefty price tag, they cannot sit and watch our “troop” of howlers as they navigate across the coconut palm that connects their two favourite trees.
We do have responsibilities of course….. in this case our charges are all delightful characters who have accepted us into the pack. Our duties involve feeding them, a quick brush and lots of fuss, not a hardship in returning for living comfortably & free in the middle of the jungle.
We started house sitting in May 2012, since then we have stayed in a 15th century Tuscan farmhouse, a vineyard in France, a casita with pool in Spain, a home with a stunning Volcan Baru view in Panama, a small resort on the lagoon in Placencia and now here.
House sitting is how we keep our travel costs down, which means we get to do more travelling and meet wonderful people. Some of them, inspired by our success have decided to try house sitting for themselves, they have “sits” lined up in France, Grenada and Costa Rica, no cold winters for them.
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We love house sitting and our homeowners seem to love us! To find out why they all ask us back, check out Yvonne’s recent guest post at Trusted Housesitters.
As always we would love to hear from you, where would you like to house sit?