Belize Top 5
Another list of my favourite experiences, this time I am focusing on Belize Top 5. I find writing Top 5 posts much better than writing every little detail of my adventures. Top 5s are a little sneak peak of what a destination might have to offer. So here we go, Belize Top 5, again in no particular order.
1. Mayan Ruins
We visited 3 different Mayan Temple sites. I could have easily visited more. Of the 3, Caracol was most remarkable, as it was the largest settlement. I personally enjoyed Cahal Pech the most, simply because we were the only ones there. These sites are seriously impressive. Standing the test of time – some thousands of years to be exact. There is just something so brilliant about being able to learn about the peoples before us, through their building, artwork and simple artifacts.
Snorkeling in Belize was the first time I had ever really gone snorkeling before. I was pretty excited to add this new element of exploration to my travels. The reef around Belize is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is the second largest reef in the world. With a coral reef comes an abundance of wildlife, many of which are very unfamiliar or misunderstood. We swam with colourful fish, unique corals, various rays, nurse sharks and even saw a turtle. It was a great day. To read more of our snorkeling day, click here.
3. Actun Tunichil Muknal
Another day full of new adventures. Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is home to the “Crystal Maiden” skeleton. She is a Mayan skeleton excavated from within the caves – but left insitu. This may be one of the only places in the world that allows tourists into a dig site where artifacts remain for us to see. But that is not all! The real excitement is in the trek to the skeleton and artifacts. To get there, you have to channel your inner Indiana Jones. A little swimming, squeezing between rocks, climbing up ledges, sliding down ledges. Cave spelunking is something I never thought I would do, but something I would definitely do again!
4. Flying from San Ignacio to Caye Caulker
I have never been in a plane with fewer than 100 seats, which makes it obvious that I have never been in a propeller plane either. When the little plane landed on the runway 5 minutes prior to our scheduled departure, I thought there had to be a mistake. Were there even any seats in this tiny little plane? Yes, there were and one happened to be right up front with all the controls. We sat directly behind the pilot. We felt every little bump and change in wind. Flying in a tiny plane is a whole different ball game. But let me tell you, it was one of the most amazing experiences. We had amazing views. If you are looking for ways to travel around Belize – I definitely recommend taking a plane ride with either Mayan Air or Tropic Air.
Everything is Belize is so fresh. Due to the country’s climate, they are able to grow foods that I am used to, here in temperate Canada, as well as foods more readily grown in tropical regions. Of course there is also the seafood. I am not much for seafood, but tried conch and octopus. Every meal we ate was delicious. A mix of Mexican and Caribbean styles and flavours.
A must try is a mojito while sitting on a patio near the ocean – made with Jamaican rum, direct from Jamaica. Or perhaps a light and refreshing Belkin Beer.
Belize holidays feel like two vacations in one,
from beach to rain forest.
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