Our Upcoming Adventure to Central America
It’s been a while since we’ve boarded an airplane and had to exchange currency. Aside from a few snowboarding adventures in British Columbia, our last trip was to the white sandy beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic back in December.
For our next adventure, we’re heading back to jungles of Central America. We will be spending most of May traveling to Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
This will be our third trip to the region but the first time visiting Belize and Guatemala. Our trip highlights are to experience the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system on the planet, and the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in northern Guatemala.
Tikal is often considered to be the eighth Wonder of the World because it’s one of the largest archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It has been on our travel short list for quite some time now, so we’re thrilled that the day is almost here!
Although we prefer to arrive in a new country without a set itinerary, we’ve already lined up a fairly loose schedule. The plan is to arrive in Belize City and head straight to Flores in Guatemala, where we’ll visit Tikal and hang out by the lake for a few days. Then we travel to the jungles of Belize and will enjoy a slice luxury at the Ka’ana Boutique Resort in the Cayo District.
We then leave the Belize jungles behind and travel to the Caribbean coast. We haven’t decided on an exact route or itinerary, but we will visit the popular islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. While in Caye Caulker, we will join Tsunami Adventures on a snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Ray Alley.
Our goal is to spend a week on the islands of Belize, enjoying beach life, scuba diving and afternoon happy hour. We’re told that May and June is the best time to see the gentle whale sharks that frequent the area, but this may require us to travel south to Placencia or Dangriga. We’re undecided if the extra travel is justified but we’ve always wanted to swim with whale sharks, so we’ll be on the lookout for a last minute holiday deal.
We then leave Belize and travel north up the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Our flight home departs from Cancun, but most of our time will be spent in the Mayan Riviera. We’ve been invited to experience the luxurious EcoTulum Resort and Spa, a rustic seaside resort located just outside of Tulum.
It’s shaping up to be a fantastic trip that will include a healthy mix of outdoor adventure, culture and relaxation!
Have you visited Belize, Guatemala and/or the Yucatan Peninsula?
Do you have any advice or recommendations for us?
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