Belize and Guatemala: A Traveler's Journey

Exploring Belize and Guatemala

Belize and Guatemala, two Central American gems, beckon travelers with their captivating blend of ancient Maya ruins, lush jungles, stunning beaches, and warm, welcoming cultures. Join us on a journey through these enchanting lands as we explore the laid-back island of Caye Caulker, the vibrant town of San Ignacio, the awe-inspiring Maya site of Tikal, and the luxurious beachfront resort of Placencia.

With warm waters, ancient ruins, and welcoming cultures, Belize and Guatemala offer the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Here's a peek into a fantastic journey through both countries, and make sure to check out our video tour at the end of this article.

Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker, Belize

Embarking on a journey through the lands of Belize and Guatemala, where ancient Maya ruins, lush jungles, and stunning beaches await. Our adventure began on the charming island of Caye Caulker, a small paradise with a population of just 3,500. Here, we indulged in outstanding local cuisine, including the best donuts we've ever had at the Ice and Beans Coffee shop. We also enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere at the Sip and Dip restaurant, where you can dine right in the water.

San Ignacio

San Ignacio, Belize

Next, we ventured to San Ignacio, a vibrant town surrounded by Maya temple systems, caves, and waterfalls. We stayed at the Table Rock Jungle Lodge, a jungle oasis offering farm-to-table dining and a plethora of activities. One of the highlights of our trip was exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, where we swam, climbed, and witnessed ancient Maya artifacts and the famous Crystal Maiden skeleton.


Tikal, Guatemala

Our journey then took us across the border to Guatemala, where we spent a night exploring the awe-inspiring Maya site of Tikal. Tikal's towering temples and vast expanse of unexcavated ruins left us in awe of the ancient civilization's achievements. We also encountered fascinating wildlife, such as the coatimundi and howler monkeys.


Placencia, Belize

Returning to Belize, we indulged in the luxurious side of the country at the Naia Resort in Placencia. This stunning beachfront property offered top-notch amenities, including kayaks, a fitness center, and a tranquil pier perfect for relaxing in hammocks. We also explored the town of Placencia, sampling delicious ceviche at the Tipsy Tuna and ice cream at Tutti Frutti.


Throughout our journey, we were consistently impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the Belizean and Guatemalan people. From the welcoming staff at our accommodations to the friendly locals we met along the way, everyone contributed to making our trip unforgettable.

If you're seeking an adventure filled with natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, look no further than Belize and Guatemala. These Central American gems offer an array of activities and experiences that will leave you with lasting memories and a desire to return to these enchanting lands. Belize is a small country with a big heart, while Guatemala offers the allure of ancient history. Combined, they make an unforgettable travel experience.

A Video of Our Belize and Tikal Experience


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