When we found out that the clinic would be closed for the two weeks around Christmas and New Years and that Lori’s brother, Dan, was keen visiting around that time, we decided that it was a perfect opportunity to not only reintroduce Dan to some of our Belize favorites, but cover some new ground as well. Dan was also very interested in exploring our much larger neighbor, Guatemala, so we worked a week of that into the mix as well.
Our itinerary is outlined below. More detailed posts on each stop to come:
|Day 1||19-DEC||FOREST HOME to BURRELL BOOM via Goldson Int’l Airport & Altun Ha|
|Day 2||20-DEC||BURRELL BOOM to CAYE CAULKER via Belize City|
|Day 3||21-DEC||SAN PEDRO — day trip from Caye Caulker|
|Day 4||22-DEC||CAYE CAULKER – snorkeling day trip|
|Day 5||23-DEC||CAYE CAULKER to SAN IGNACIO via Spanish Lookout|
|Day 6||24-DEC||TIKAL (Guatemala) — day trip from San Ignacio|
|Day 7||25-DEC||ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL (ATM cave) — day trip from San Ignacio|
|Day 8||26-DEC||SAN IGNACIO to HOPKINS via stops along the Hummingbird Highway|
|Day 9||27-DEC||HOPKINS to FOREST HOME via Placencia|
|Day 10||28-DEC||FOREST HOME / SAN MIGUEL / PUNTA GORDA|
|Day 11||29-DEC||PUNTA GORDA to RIO TATIN (Guat.) via Livingston|
|Day 12||30-DEC||RIO TATIN to LANQUIN via Rio Dulce (Frontera)|
|Day 13||31-DEC||SEMUC CHAMPEY — day trip|
|Day 14||01-JAN||LANQUIN to ANTIGUA GUATEMALA|
|Day 17||04-JAN||ANTIGUA to FOREST HOME via Puerto Barrios & Punta Gorda|
A little more hurried of a pace than we’re normally used to, but a lot of fun nonetheless. We’ll be retracing a lot of our footsteps from this trip in the coming months but wanted to make sure Dan saw everything he wanted to see too.
In terms of getting around, we drove most places in Belize (with our own vehicle), with the exception of Caye Caulker/ San Pedro which we accessed via water taxi (given that their islands…) and we opted to do a package for ATM and Tikal through Casa Blanca in San Ignacio. However, 100% of travel around Guatemala was accomplished via public or hired transport, which meant that we could take the boat from Punta Gorda to Livingston rather than driving from Flores in the north and back. There were several reasons for not going this route, which I’ll expand on in the Guatemala posts.
Until then, I’ve included a sampling of photos tracing our itinerary: