Day 1-2: Belize City – March 21 - 22, 2014
On March 21, 2014 Mike and I , along with Mike’s Parents and friends Wendy and Richard, headed out for a 3 week adventure in Belize and Guatemala. We left Vancouver on an evening flight and arrived in Belize City at 6am on Saturday morning. After a short nap at our hotel we headed out to explore Belize City for the day.
We had an ocean front lunch at Bird Isle Restaurant (Belize City’s most highly recommended eateries) and spent the rest of the day at the Belize Zoo checking out all of the local animals. I even got to hold a snake! Later that night we met up with our group from G-Adventures for a briefing about our tour for the next two weeks and we went for dinner together to get to know our new travel companions.
Day 3 – 4: Flores and Tikal, Guatemala – March 23 – 24, 2014
The next morning we met our group at the bus station where we all boarded the Chicken Bus (i.e. public transit), bound for the Belize-Guatemala Border. The chicken bus was packed with people jammed in everywhere and there were, thankfully, no chickens on board but there was a box of puppies.
The bus ride took about 3 hours to get to San Ignacio, Belize where we got off for a great lunch at Hodes Bar and Grill. From there we took a private bus to the border and after the usual border shenanigans we drove for another 2 hours to Flores, Guatemala.
We stayed at a place called “Hotel Peten”, which was right on the shores of Lake Peten. We went for an evening swim on the warm waters of Lake Peten enjoyed lake-side happy hour before going for a tasty dinner of Mayan dishes at “Casa Maya”.
On Monday we had a 5:30am wake-up call to head out to the archaeological site of Tikal. We arrived at the site of Central Americas largest Mayan ruins at 7am and after a quick breakfast set out to explore.
Tikal is amazing with castles, plaza and massive pyramids everywhere amongst the jungle and its animals. We explored the temples, climbed the Pyramids, learned about Mayan History and enjoyed the site of monkeys, birds and Cotis among the ruins.
We spent the afternoon having a leisurely lunch and swimming in Lake Peten and finished off our day with a traditional dinner of Tamales at our bus driver’s Mother’s house.
Day 5-6, San Ignacio, Belize – March 25-26, 2014
On Tuesday we had a leisurely morning with a sleep-in and breakfast at “Cool Beans” on the shores of Lake Peten, then headed back to Belize and to the town of San Ignacio. We checked into the Midas Resort and spent the afternoon enjoying the hotel pool and bar and exploring the town and markets of San Ignacio.
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