Wendy Wong and Tosh Hamai (Santa Rosa, California, USA) - Guest Comments - July 2006
10. "The Dome" makes you think of your jungle adventure / the people you met in Belize and not a stadium with a Astro Turf floor.
9. You actually can appreciate the jungle outfit you bought from REI or Orvis and not feel like an employee at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I highly recommend a long sleeve, dry-wicking shirt and long pants. Mine were made of light-weight, nylon and they were great.
8. When you hear the name Gonzo, you think of your great guide in Belize, not the character on Sesame Street.
7. Your dog will seem much cleaner and not smell so bad after you see/smell Max after one of his joyful romps thru the jungle, rolling around in god-knows-what.
6. You'll realize that rain gear is not that important in the rain forest. Just wear a hat and clothes that dries quickly. Getting wet actually will become really "cool." Light rain or occasional thunder showers are not a problem!
5. It's the bed & breakfast, like staying with friends and family experience in the middle of an amazing rain forest, Mayan pyramids nearby, and lots to see and do. Go to Tikal. Do the zip line. Explore the caves ATM and Che Chem Ha.
4. You'll look forward to the wonderful pool-side home-cooked meals instead of getting lost trying to find a good local restaurant or ending up eating at an overpriced tourist/hotel restaurant. The chats we had with other guest and staff (especially Karen and David) were the best part of the Dome experience!
3. Two words: "No Worries." Just go and have fun. All-inclusive is the way to go. Karen and her staff will take good care of you. Gonzo and his crew of drivers and guides are professional, knowledgeable, and experienced. We felt safe the entire time in Belize!
2. When you hear someone mention "ATM," you think of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, and not an Automated Teller Machine. If you are willing to hike, get wet, wade/swim, climb a bit and squeeze/crawl thru a few tight spaces, do this tour!! We weren't going to do this initially because I don't swim well, but Gonzo brought life vests and ropes to pull me thru the deep but small pools. Wear closed-toed shoes (boots/tennis shoes/Keen/Merrell) and socks. Yes, they will get soaked but you'll be glad you're wearing sturdy shoes on the slippery rocks. In the upper chamber, you have to take your shoes off and wear socks to protect the burial chamber from your feet perspiration. I am glad other guests and Karen recommended this tour. It was definitely a highlight.
And the number one reason to go to the Dome:
1. Your eyes will light up when someone asks you, "Did you go somewhere on vacation?"
Wendy and Tosh Hamai (Santa Rosa, California, USA) - July 2006