If your eyes have ever wandered off of reading one of my posts, as they often do during lulls and boring bits, you may have noticed that under “Upcoming Adventures,” is Belize! In May! It’ll be my very first trip taken while working full-time. Aka halfway through, a paycheck is going to arrive in my bank account.
Can anyone say hallelujah?
Or maybe “please don’t buy that manatee, use your paycheck wisely”?
I’ve kinda gotten out of the habit of posting my plans for upcoming trips because, well, you’ll see when I get back. And because I used to have so much time, I’d wing it mostly. But now, I have only 8 glorious days to explore the wonders of Belize–and being potentially joined by a friend–, which means an itinerary.
2 days / San Ignacio
First, I’ll be heading straight to San Ignacio for some ancient ruins. I’m hoping to take it easy the first day and visit Xunantunich in the afternoon. It’s not like Belize is in a radically different time zone, so I’m grateful for that on such a short trip.
Mostly, though, I’m excited for the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) cave tour. This cave holds many remains that are unburied in its main chamber, and plenty of artifacts. The tour itself takes the entire day and, according to a website, “once in the caves, you will spend several hours swimming, climbing, and exploring.” If that’s not the definition of adventure travel, I will eat my socks.
5 days / Caye Caulker
After booking my flight, I realized that Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia. Well, then, I thought, I must dive!
So after a brief affair in San Ignacio, I’m heading to Caye Caulker, the poor man’s Ambergris Caye, to get my open water certification. Let me tell you, it took a lot of communication (hassling) to convince them to start a teeny bit later that first day.
The rest of the days here are going to be just chillin’ and getting my certification. I’m hoping to eat some good food, check out that outdoor movie production, and laze around with a book in hand. It’s been about 5 months since I’ve gone anywhere, so I opted for one of those relaxing, slow-paced vacations over my other option, which was hiking the Inca trail in Peru.
I’m organizing a hiking trip for later this year anyways.
Have you ever visited Belize?