Atalanta Journey https://atalantajourney.com Inspiring custom travel, community and cultural experience Thu, 26 May 2016 17:24:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Blue Tang Inn Videos https://atalantajourney.com/blue-tang-inn-videos/ https://atalantajourney.com/blue-tang-inn-videos/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 17:22:07 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=504 San Pedro, Belize is the Best Destination in Central America per TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards!             TripAdvisor has once again honored Ambergris Caye with another top distinction after being named the number one island in the world for two years in a row. La Isla Bonita has been named the […]

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San Pedro, Belize is the Best Destination in Central America per TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards!

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TripAdvisor has once again honored Ambergris Caye with another top distinction after being named the number one island in the world for two years in a row.

La Isla Bonita has been named the top destination in Central America besting other top regional destinations in Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Guatemala. While San Pedro is at the #1 spot, it shares the list with San Ignacio, Cayo at #7.

San Pedro prides itself in having the friendliest people, the biggest smiles, the warmest hugs, the best celebrations, top choices for foodie travelers, the best views of the largest barrier reef in the hemisphere, the top dive destinations in the world…

Visit Blue Tang Inn to experience a beachfront hotel walking distance to the many shops and restaurants in San Pedro!

Here is a Drone Video of Blue Tang Inn, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye – enjoy!

 

 

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Minnesota State University Study Abroad Belize https://atalantajourney.com/minnesota-state-university-study-abroad-belize/ https://atalantajourney.com/minnesota-state-university-study-abroad-belize/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:40:04 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=419 In March of 2013 I traveled as a business student from Minnesota State University Mankato on a Study Abroad tour throughout Belize for nine days. Our Study Abroad trip was planned by Atalanta Journey and the focus of our learning was on the production and marketing of chocolate in Belize including the practice of Fair […]

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In March of 2013 I traveled as a business student from Minnesota State University Mankato on a Study Abroad tour throughout Belize for nine days. Our Study Abroad trip was planned by Atalanta Journey and the focus of our learning was on the production and marketing of chocolate in Belize including the practice of Fair Trade and sustainability. Our journey started in the southern community of Punta Gorda, where we stayed at the gorgeous Cotton Tree Lodge and ended Blue Tang Inn on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in San Pedro Town.

 

MSU College of Business Study Abroad Belize

MSU College of Business Study Abroad Belize

We experienced so many cultural and educational endeavors that it’s hard to talk about every single thing we did.

I’ll list off some of the highlights.

  • Eladio Pop was a man with his own chocolate/agricultural farm tucked up in the hills of southern Belize. This was a highlight of mine, for he took us on a two-hour hike throughout the jungle where he grew all of his crops. Being such an educational man of the earth we learned so much about natural food and what it takes to be a person with a “green thumb”.
  • Cave Swimming was one of the most amazing experiences we did while on our tour. In the Community of Blue Creek in the Toledo District, there is the hidden gem of Blue Creek Cave that needs to be on everyone’s agenda.
  • Volunteering with Sustainable Harvest was a once in a lifetime experience. If you have a passion for helping others and making a difference then this company is just for you. Our particular volunteer group went to a village near the Guatemalan border where we helped make a couple of wood conservative stoves for two families in need. 
  • In the jungle surrounding the Cotton Tree Lodge our group adventured on a Night Hike. If you are interested in spotting some monkeys and amazing jungle creatures as well as getting educated on how one can survive in such environments then is activity is just for you.
  • The Belize Zoo was one of the absolute highlights of my trip. There are so many exotic animals to be seen and appreciated, including a Jaguar! This zoo takes in many wild injured animals to care for. This is a must see to put on the agenda!
  • We had the opportunity to meet with the owner’s of Belize Chocolate Company, who have a chocolate shop on the beach in San Pedro Town. We learned so much from them about starting up a business, operating, the many challenges they face.
  • The last plan on our itinerary was to explore San Pedro where we went Snorkeling along with many other things. The Blue Tang Inn offers an exciting snorkeling or diving trips, where you can swim with the Nurse Sharks and Stingrays!

Here is a link to our Service Projects on our Facebook page.

Our trip consisted of more chocolate businesses and educational destinations throughout the country, but I just wanted to point out the variety the group experienced which made the trip much more diverse than I thought it was going to be. It was my first time to a third world country and we got to see so much culture that I haven’t seen with my own eyes. It was an amazing trip and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Mel Reger, MSU Mankato Marketing Student















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Hope Interfaith Center Retreat in Belize https://atalantajourney.com/hope-interfaith-center-retreat-in-belize/ https://atalantajourney.com/hope-interfaith-center-retreat-in-belize/#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2013 19:48:18 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=393 Atalanta Journey had the JOY of planning a Retreat in Belize for Hope Interfaith Center from Mankato, MN Dec 8-15, 2012. I traveled along with them and experienced Belize in a different Light. For 5 mornings at 6AM, we sat on the edge of the pier with our feet over the water to watch the […]

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Atalanta Journey had the JOY of planning a Retreat in Belize for Hope Interfaith Center from Mankato, MN Dec 8-15, 2012.
I traveled along with them and experienced Belize in a different Light.

For 5 mornings at 6AM, we sat on the edge of the pier with our feet over the water to watch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea.
During our last morning meditation, a group of young local people came out to enjoy a swim off the pier. After a night of dancing, they stayed up to watch the sun greet the day. As we sat quietly, they laughed and pushed each other off the pier in joy. Then 2 of the boys came to sit behind us. I gave them a wrap to dry off with and soon they were all wrapped up together sitting quietly with us to watch the sun rise. After so much energy and noise, to have them join us quietly was something special. We all enjoyed it very much. It made us feel as one with this special place and people.

Each morning coffee and conversation followed around the Blue Tang Inn pool. Morning is such a special time!

Then we were off to a Oneness Workshop, facilitated by Christopher Emmanuel. We practiced forgiveness, painted, participated in Oneness Blessings and shared as a group.

At 12 Midnight on 12-12-12, we sat together on the rooftop deck of Blue Tang Inn and greeted the end of an area and the beginning of a new time. It was wonderful to share this in community in a beautiful place under the night stars.

We visited the Ancient Maya Site of Lamanai, where 2 Maya Shamans greeted us and we participated in a Maya Spiritual Ceremony with them.
A special “baptism” was offered to the 2 children, baby Greta and Lizzie.

– Many people in the group enjoyed snorkeling on the spectacular Belize reef.
– Afternoon massages relaxed us!
– Tasty lunches and dinners at different restaurants in San Pedro were a highlight!
– We finished the trip with a beautiful Sunset Sail aboard the Sirena Azul Sailboat.

Thanks to an awesome group of people from Hope Interfaith Center for the pleasure if this retreat in Belize! It was a JOY!

Love & Blessings,
Kristin Lamoureux
Owner, Atalanta Journey

Here are some comments from members of the group:
“The shaman blessing of Lizzie, Greta, you and Cara moved me more than anything else during our fantastic time there. What a new year we are all in for!”
Blessings,
Alixa

“I would most certainly do a spiritual retreat and get away again. Thank you Staff and Kristin for all of your help making this trip a success.”
Blessings and Love,
Rev. Janice Hope Gorman

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Some of my favorite things about Belize https://atalantajourney.com/137/ https://atalantajourney.com/137/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:15:28 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=137 One of my favorite things about my travels to Belize is the wonderful people I’ve made relationships with.  Belizeans are so open and warm and really invite you into their lives.  The USA and Canadian residents of Belize are adventurous souls- with a brave pioneer mentality.  They really know how to follow their dreams and […]

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One of my favorite things about my travels to Belize is the wonderful people I’ve made relationships with.  Belizeans are so open and warm and really invite you into their lives.  The USA and Canadian residents of Belize are adventurous souls- with a brave pioneer mentality.  They really know how to follow their dreams and make things happen.

Imagine camping in the rainforest for 6 months while building a lodge with Maya farmers!  Visit Cotton Tree Lodge to learn more.

Or establishing a US market for the hand woven fabrics created by the Maya women in their small village homes. Visit MayaBags® to learn more.

In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye a couple started a school that now has 500 children. Visit Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize to learn more.

Another woman is saving a Maya site, getting government protection of the area and raising funds to make it accessible tourists and students. Visit Marco Gonzalez Maya Site to learn more.

Talking to the creators of these projects is just as fascinating as the projects themselves.

I love connecting students and tourists to the amazing people and the places I’ve come into contact with. Whenever I travel there, I am truly inspired and I always experience amazing synchronicity.

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Welcome to Atalanta Journey https://atalantajourney.com/welcome-to-atalanta-journey/ https://atalantajourney.com/welcome-to-atalanta-journey/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:26:55 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=81 Retreat, health & wellness and student travel to Belize Are you planning a vacation or group travel in the Caribbean? Owner of Atalanta Journey, Kristin Lamoureux, is passionate about planning creative, inspiring trips to Central America. She loves making connections for people to people and experiences. Kristin’s career is in travel, event planning and marketing […]

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Retreat, health & wellness and student travel to Belize

Are you planning a vacation or group travel in the Caribbean?

Owner of Atalanta Journey, Kristin Lamoureux, is passionate about planning creative, inspiring trips to Central America. She loves making connections for people to people and experiences.

Kristin’s career is in travel, event planning and marketing and sales. She is currently the Sales & Marketing Director for Blue Tang Inn, a boutique resort in Belize, Central America. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, in Minnesota, with an English major and Business minor. From 1998-2001, she worked as a corporate travel and event planner. During this time, she traveled around the US and the Caribbean. In 2001, Kristin became the Sales & Marketing Director for the Blue Tang Inn, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Her experience with the Blue Tang Inn led to the creation of EagleRay Marketing, LLC in 2006-2010 and Blue Earth Vacations in 2010.

In addition to Sales & Marketing for Blue Tang Inn, she currently owns Atalanta Journey, LLC focusing on retreat, health & wellness and student travel to Belize.

Kristin’s mission is to create experiences that inspire people by combining community, culture, education, travel & adventure and spiritual growth.

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My Belize Connection https://atalantajourney.com/my-belize-connection/ https://atalantajourney.com/my-belize-connection/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:46:58 +0000 https://atalantajourney.com/?p=180 In December 1999, I made my first trip to Belize with the Fisher/ Paradis families to bring in New Years 2000. (Our families became friends when we went to daycare together in the early 1970s).  I vividly remember the first golf cart ride through the small sandy streets of San Pedro Town. Large colorful Christmas […]

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In December 1999, I made my first trip to Belize with the Fisher/ Paradis families to bring in New Years 2000. (Our families became friends when we went to daycare together in the early 1970s).  I vividly remember the first golf cart ride through the small sandy streets of San Pedro Town. Large colorful Christmas bulbs were stretched across the entire length of the streets.  Parents and beautiful children played in the park on the beach.  The entire vibe of the island felt light and festive and I knew it was going to be so much fun!

Upon arrival at the Blue Tang Inn (then called Rock’s Inn), we were greeted by my parent’s good friends- the Leslie brothers. These extremely charismatic “island” men grew in San Pedro Town and my parents learned to scuba dive through their dive shop called Hustler Tours… the name says it all!  My parents have enjoyed this friendship since 1992, when they first ventured to Belize.  Many adventures and practical jokes were shared over the years between them.  Now 12 years later, I could write a book about the lives of the Leslie brothers including how Gerald, a Tropic Air pilot, is now a personal pilot for Jimmy Buffet in Florida.

During this first trip to Belize, I had no idea how much a part of my life it would become.  I also did not know that I was pregnant with my first baby and would return the following year with my 3-month old baby, dancing in the rain on the beach in celebration of New Years 2001.

I did fall in love with the people of Belize and the breathtaking beauty of the blue Caribbean.  Every trip to Belize, I am dazzled by the brilliant colors of everything around me – especially in contrast to the dull Minnesota winters!

The Blue Tang Inn manager, Fanny, was hired when she was 19 years old as our front desk manager.  She and I quickly hit it off!  During one of my early visits, I traveled with her to her hometown of Corozal in Northern Belize.  I rode on the tractor with her dad and ate amazing authentic Belize food prepared by her mother and sisters.  I visited the building where fresh tortillas are made each day- mmm!  The next year Fanny came to Minnesota and lived with us for 2 months.  She helped care for my 1 year old baby and we took a trip to Montana for a family reunion.   She learned so much about American living!  Fanny is the Manager of Blue Tang Inn and I consider her my “Belize Sister”.

On another trip to Belize with my dad, we enjoyed scuba diving out at the Blue Hole.  After a 90-foot dive, I thought it may be wise to take a pregnancy test before doing any more deep dives. Sure enough, I discovered I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and my dad was the first to find out.  Not to worry, the baby handled my 90-foot dive just fine! And turns out that Fanny was pregnant too and we had our babies only 6 hours a part!! She in Chetumal, Mexico and me in Minneapolis, MN!

In addition to the places I visit and people I am close to in Belize, I also have the opportunity to talk to the wonderful guests of Blue Tang Inn.  Many come back to us year after year and I have the opportunity to keep up with their lives in our phone conversations.  I love this part of my job and take the opportunity to personally call each potential guest that emails us.  This provides a big assistance to them regarding their trip logistics and also creates appropriate expectations for their stay and eases any concerns they may have about travel to Belize.

Through the creation of Atalanta Journey, I really look forward to building lasting relationships with professors, yoga instructors, spiritual mentors and resort owners/managers.  And of course the rich cultural experience had by the participants of these groups is a real pleasure!

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