Here’s a photographic summary of my adventures in Guatemala and Belize. Eight days is just enough time to experience the jungle landscapes inland as well as the small islands off the coast.
With the closest Mayan ruins spread across several hundred miles in Belize and the neighboring Guatemala, I could not decide which of the cultural sites I wanted to explore. When I landed in Belize City, on a whim, I walked up to the Tropic Air counter and booked a flight on a 14-seat propeller plane to Flores, Guatemala. That’s the closest airport to Tikal, the largest and most significant Mayan city in the region. After a few hours sleep at a rustic lodge in Tikal National Park, I woke for a 4am hiking tour through the jungle to watch the sun rise from the top of Temple IV.
Later that day, I hopped in a van with some other American tourists that I met at the lodge and caught a ride back to the Belize border. Once I returned to Belize, I headed to the nearby town of San Ignacio which served as my perch for exploring additional Mayan sites and natural landscapes. When my time in San Ignacio drew to a close, I took a public bus — an adventure in itself — back to Belize City where I caught a water taxi to the tiny island of Caye Caulker. The remainder of the trip was full of island life, snorkeling, and Belizean cuisine.