In the morning we went to Austin Rodriguez drum 'shop'. The drums start from $40usd for a small drum (he doesn't negotiate on price), so we left it. We had to get the tyre sorted, so spent some time talking to the locals (the Garifuna people). They were friendly, funny and we felt completely comfortable chatting to them. Surprisingly they didn't hesitate to talk about the government and politics. They expressed their concerns with their country: one being that with many products imported, Belize is expensive to live in, and they also stated that their own country has a lot of lazy people, who expect handouts from foreigners. We haven't really encountered that side of Belize, but have definitely noticed that most shops are run by chinese or indians immigrants, who work a lot longer hours than locals.

We went around the market, then headed to Marie Sharpe's factory, got given a 5 minute freebie tour, did lots of tasting, then purchased the 'fiery hot' sauce and some sweet jams. Worth a quick stop if you're in the area. The hottest sauce really does blow your mind, so don't put too much on your cracker like we did. 

We spent the afternoon in the sleepy fishing village Hopkins, which given it wasn't meant to be touristy at all, was now clearly known to foreigners as a stop-off point. It was so relaxed here and again the locals were chatty and interesting. There isn't any particular sights to see here as such, but it's a nice place to chill out.

Later, we made the short drive to Cockscomb Basin, home to the Wildlife sanctuary. A guide let us stay on site for free (it's normally $10usd pp) and gave us the low down on the trails. We had dinner under the canopy at the back of the van whilst listening to the jungle sounds that surrounded us.  Very cool experience.

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