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Location: Belize City

Day 1 - 10 Jan 2017

Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport

 Belize City, Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport
 Belize City, Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport

Content: We planned one week trip to one of the Caribbean’s most beloved getaways. For us, Belize is the best tourist destination and one of our favorite countries in the region. Our flight landed at the PGIA in Belize city. Belize city is not at all attractive to tourists but it is home to an international airport and the cruise ship terminal. The PGIA building consists of 2-terminals, international arrival and departure hall, a domestic arrival hall, and many restaurants and snacks outlets. Outside the airport, we saw the sea of Belize city taxis and travel agencies. We spend some time to enjoy street foods found at the exit corner. Then, we hired a taxi to the hotel which was booked in advance.

Location: San Ignacio

Day 1 - 10 Jan 2017

San Ignacio Resort Hotel

San Ignacio, San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio, San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio, San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Content: Our taxi headed to the San Ignacio Town in Cayo District. It is a lively downtown that contains many Mayan sites. This jungle town is perfect for a taste of ancient history. We checked into San Ignacio Resort Hotel. It was the most ideal place to stay in the town. The hotel was awesome with air-conditioned rooms and an outdoor pool. The 24-hour reception can provide information about the surrounding area. The room was very spacious and decorated pleasantly with a balcony overlooking the lush green forest. We used some time to relax by enjoying the pool.

The Guava Limb Restaurant & Cafe

San Ignacio, The Guava Limb Restaurant & Cafe
San Ignacio, The Guava Limb Restaurant & Cafe

Content: San Ignacio is the most distinct spot for foods in Belize. By evening we headed to explore the streets of downtown. San Ignacio is always a hub for murals. We saw many murals along the streets, the most attractive one was found on the Scotia Bank building. We had dinner at The Guava Limb Restaurant, one of the best in the town. It was located at a walk-able distance from the hotel. We ate Guava Buffalo Wings which was very unique in taste and Margherita Pizza. They presented crispy chicken wings coated in guava flavored sauce along with French fries. We just liked the food and ambiance.

Location: San Jose Succotz

Day 2 - 11 Jan 2017

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

San Jose Succotz , Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
San Jose Succotz , Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
San Jose Succotz , Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Content: This day was dedicated to explore Mayan ruins and relax on the historical sites. After breakfast, we headed to the first destination of the day, Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. We take the hand-operated cable-winched river ferry which is easily accessible. Xunantunich is one of the most popular Mayan temples in Belize, otherwise known as the "Maiden of the Rock". We stopped at the visitor center to learn more about the history of Xunantunich. We found some archaeological findings such as jewelry, pottery, and details of the El Castillo friezes at the small museum. The main temple, El Castillo offered spectacular views of nearby villages and mountains. The pyramid-like structure makes the site one of the top destinations in Belize. The El Castillo has large stucco friezes with carved elements that represent astronomical symbols, the sun god, moon, and Venus. We saw some Howler monkeys in the trees. We spend half-day to explore the place, taking pictures, and admired by history.

Location: San Ignacio

Day 2 - 11 Jan 2017

Crave House of Flavour

San Ignacio, Crave House of Flavour

Content: We return to San Ignacio by bus from San Jose Succotz. We stopped at Crave House of Flavour for lunch. It was a small restaurant, only limited seats are available. We waited for half an hour to get a table. The food was average in taste. We ate BBQ ribs that were not up to our expectations. The sausage was very juicy and good in taste.

Cahal Pech Ruins

San Ignacio, Cahal Pech Ruins
San Ignacio, Cahal Pech Ruins
San Ignacio, Cahal Pech Ruins
San Ignacio, Cahal Pech Ruins

Content: We spend the afternoon at Cahal Pech Ruins, located at a walk-able distance from the downtown. It is a small Maya site that rests in a dense green forest. The site includes a small museum and large temples which are very interesting to explore. The charming natural atmosphere added its beauty. The first temple is situated across from the gift shop at the entrance. The entire complex was full of tunnels and passageways and dark rooms, with stairs connecting them to courtyards. We saw the famous Maya corbel arch and Mayan ball court where Mesoamerican ballgame was played. We got many snaps on the backdrop of the forest.

San Ignacio Market

San Ignacio, San Ignacio Market

Content: We walked towards the streets of downtown. On the way, we proceeded to the San Ignacio Market. It was located on the bank of the river Macal. It was a local market, where we could enjoy and experience Belizean life and color. On the street, some local musicians were playing the flute to entertain the visitors. We tasted natural dragon fruit juice which was available all over the market. There were hundreds of stalls where we could buy many local items. We finished our dinner from a street food stall, as we decided to taste local food.

Location: Belmopan

Day 3 - 12 Jan 2017

Nohoch Che'en Caves

Belmopan, Nohoch Che'en Caves
Belmopan, Nohoch Che'en Caves
Belmopan, Nohoch Che'en Caves
Belmopan, Nohoch Che'en Caves

Content: After breakfast, we hired a taxi to Belmopan, the capital of Belize. Cave tubing and zip-lining are the most popular activities in Belize. Cave tubing in Belize is done at the Nohoch Che'en Caves. On the way, we encountered at the information center to register and got river tubes, helmet, life jacket, and headlamp. Then, we walked towards the entrance of the first cave which is situated 20 mins far. Our guide instructed us to cross the Caves Branch River. With the help of our guide, the river was easy to cross. When we reached the entrance of the cave, the first thing we did was dip ourselves in the crystal clear water. From the banks themselves, we could see the adorned cave with rocks and formations. We floated further into the cave in the darkness. Throughout the float, we could see broken pottery pieces and many Maya artifacts. At some particular point, the guide asked us to turned off the headlamps. That was very thrilling to float in the darkness of the cave. The glimpse of sunlight at the end reminded the end of the tour. At the parking lot, we returned the tube and headlamp.

Jaguar Paw Cave

Belmopan, Jaguar Paw Cave
Belmopan, Jaguar Paw Cave

Content: The next thing we did was another trilling activity. The primary aim was to enjoy the bird's eye view of the Belizean jungle canopy. In Belize, there are three major places to go for zip lines such as Jaguar Paw Adventure Spot, Calico Jacks Village, and Bocawina Rainforest Reserve. The Jaguar Paw Adventure Spot was located 10 minutes away from the previous destination. It was well maintained with safety measures. From the entrance, we walked for 10 minutes to the main platform. We could fly from tree to tree adventurously moreover safely. The instructor fitted us in a harness that was attached to the main cable. They provided helmets and gloves for extra safety and comfort. The experience was mind-blowing and we advise all not to miss this.

Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas

Belmopan, Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas
Belmopan, Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas

Content: Then we moved to Belize Zoo, our driver dropped us at Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas for lunch. It was located very close to the zoo. We ate a rice combo and an omelet. The food was good and the presentation was average. They served Cilantro Rice along with Chicken coated in mango sauce and Asian slaw. The omelet was rich in fresh veggies. The quantity of rice was less and the price was normal.

Belize Zoo

Belmopan, Belize Zoo
Belmopan, Belize Zoo
Belmopan, Belize Zoo

Content: The Belize Zoo We walked towards The Belize Zoo which seems to be a natural park with walking paths carved into the lush plants. We walked through the shaded pathway by seeing various animals on both sides. We saw Tapir, a mammal known as the “mountain cow” in Belize. The guide gave us some carrots to nourish one of the Tapirs that lives there. We saw the star of the zoo, the Jaguars. The zoo contained approximately about 120 animals. We encountered spider Monkeys and Harpy Eagle. Then we returned to the hotel by car.

Location: San Ignacio

Day 3 - 12 Jan 2017

San Ignacio Resort Hotel

San Ignacio, San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio, San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Content: We came back to the hotel and took shower. Then headed to Running W Restaurant. It was the Hotel’s dining eatery that offers a newly renovated air-conditioned dining hall. The food was costly but tasty. The quantity was not up to our expectations.

Location: San Ignacio

Day 4 - 13 Jan 2017

ATM Cave Belize

San Ignacio, ATM Cave Belize
San Ignacio, ATM Cave Belize
San Ignacio, ATM Cave Belize
San Ignacio, ATM Cave Belize

Content: Our day started early in the morning. We headed to the huge part of our trip, the most popular tourist spot in Belize. The cave is located in the beautiful Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains in Western Belize. The name Actun Tunichil Muknal means, “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher”. The visitors are allowed to enter the cave only followed by a licensed tour guide. From the parking area, we walked for 45 minutes to reach the entrance of the cave. The path was hilly and tricky to walk, some areas are muddy too. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. We crossed the river three times on our way to and from the cave and there is water inside the cave. The flow and depth of each river crossing greatly depend, our guide gave proper instructions. The only way to enter the cave is to swim by wearing a helmet. In the cave, we climbed up and over the rocks several times. There was a huge chamber with rock formations found inside the cave. On the journey, we saw many skeletal remains. “The Stelae Chamber”, one of the major sights in the ATM cave that contains two slate stelae in front of which individuals of high status performed rituals. Our guide spotted and explain each and every point in the cave. This cave tour was an extraordinary adventure with the rare opportunity to spot many ancient Maya ceremonial site with skulls and pots.

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

San Ignacio, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
San Ignacio, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
San Ignacio, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Content: After lunch from a local restaurant, we headed to the next destination-Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. It is a pretty landscape of rolling pine forest. The whole area was covered with stunning mountains, beautiful caves, and waterfalls. The first spot we stopped was at the Rio Frio Cave. The extensive limestone cave system in the region. Everything we saw in the cave was gigantic. The arch opening of the cave was very impressive. Then we stopped at the Rio on pools, on the bank of the river is a picnic area to relax. It is the result of the river spilling over large rocks. The Mountain Pine reserve is home to various types of animals, various types of birds, and found some fish live in the ponds. By late in the evening, we stopped our trip and headed back to the hotel.

TollacaSmokeHouse

San Ignacio, TollacaSmokeHouse

Content: On the way to the hotel, we had dinner from the TollacaSmoke House.BBQ. It was an open restaurant that offered many varieties of grills and BBQ's. We ate grill fish with fruit punch.

Location: Belize City

Day 5 - 14 Jan 2017

Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina

Belize City, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
Belize City, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
Belize City, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina

Content: We checked out from the hotel and headed to Belize City, early in the morning. It is the old capital of Belize. The city is packed with historical sites and wildlife sanctuaries. We checked into the Radisson Fort George Hotel located near the Belize City cruise ports. The room was a stylish business class with a large bed and amenities. The room features a view of Belize City Harbor. The hotel help desk was very friendly and helped us to plan our trips.

Caye Caulker

Belize City, Caye Caulker
Belize City, Caye Caulker
Belize City, Caye Caulker

Content: We dropped our bags and headed to explore the day. The hotel staff arranged a trip to Caye Caulker. It is a small island with several things and places to visit. We caught a boat to the island from the water taxi terminal in Belize City. We planned for a quick visit to the island. Once we arrived on the island, our friend from the hotel pointed to a spot known as The Split. It is a narrow channel that divides Caye Caulker into two – the northern and southern sides of the island. After a short stroll through the streets of the town. Then we caught another ferry to Ambergris Caye.

Ambergris Caye

Belize City, Ambergris Caye

Content: We booked a tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, one of the most popular things to do on the island. It is a large protected area located between Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. It was very famous as Snorkel Site, which is divided mainly into three zones. Zone A is the reef, zone B is an area of seagrass beds, zone C is an area of mangrove forests. Zone D is the famous Shark Ray Alley where large numbers of stingrays. Back on board, the staff offered fresh pineapple, rockmelon, and other fruits during the trip. Besides the sharks and rays, we could spot different kinds of fish in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Then the boat made its way to Caye Caulker.

The Great Blue Hole

Belize City, The Great Blue Hole

Content: Our friend took us to the airport on Caye Caulker. The flight was very small which could have a maximum capacity of 5-people. The number one reason we chose a trip to Belize was The Great Blue Hole. It is a giant underwater sinkhole in the middle of Lighthouse Reef. It can be visited either by scenic flight or a full day diving excursion. We decided to visit this natural wonder the skies above. The two main airlines offering regular scenic flights over the Great Blue hole were Maya Island Air and Tropic Air – the local airlines of Belize. We began our flight over the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second biggest coral reef system in the world. We flew over many scattered islands such as Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. We could spot a shipwreck sitting on the edge of the reef. Finally, we reached the incredible Great Blue Hole. The pilot was very professional, he informed us that we would be flying around the hole 3 times slowly clockwise and 3 times slowly anticlockwise to get a clear view. Flying over a natural wonder was completely a thrilling experience for us. Then, we flew over Heart-Shaped Island. We caught our ferry to the hotel from the terminal after landing at the airport.

Location: Belize City

Day 6 - 15 Jan 2017

Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina

Belize City, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
Belize City, Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina

Content: We set the day to spend and explore the old capital of Belize. The city is full of historical sites such as Baron Bliss lighthouse, Supreme Court of Belize, St John Anglican Cathedral, Museum of Belize, etc. We had breakfast at the hotel. Freshly made salads, sandwiches, and other light menu items are also offered at the Le Petit Cafe at the hotel. We enjoyed breakfast and headed towards Baron Bliss lighthouse.

Baron Bliss lighthouse

Belize City, Baron Bliss lighthouse
Belize City, Baron Bliss lighthouse
Belize City, Baron Bliss lighthouse

Content: Baron Bliss Lighthouse is located very close to the hotel. It is one of the fascinating places you can visit in and around Belize City. It is a long white and red tower build to pay tribute to one of Belize's greatest patrons, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. We took some clicks are headed to the next destination.

The Wet Lizard

Belize City, The Wet Lizard

Content: We wandered through the streets by shopping for some local products and gifts. For lunch, we went to The Wet Lizard restaurant. It was a great place to taste cocktails and starters. The main course was limited on the menu. The food was good and the service was excellent.

St John Anglican Cathedral

Belize City, St John Anglican Cathedral
Belize City, St John Anglican Cathedral
Belize City, St John Anglican Cathedral

Content: We went to St John Anglican Cathedral, located at the heart of the city. The exterior of the church is composed of bricks and the interior features beautiful stained glass windows. The furnishings were made from local hardwoods like mahogany and sapodilla. Visiting the cathedral was a great way to learn about the history of Belize. St. John’s Cathedral is located at the intersection of Albert and Regent Streets directly across from the Belize Culture House.

Museum of Belize

Belize City, Museum of Belize
Belize City, Museum of Belize
Belize City, Museum of Belize

Content: Then we hired a taxi to the Museum of Belize, situated near the intersection of Queen and Eve Streets. We could see a rich collection of Mayan ceremonial objects, carvings, paintings, and other cultural artifacts in the Belize Museum. We saw many coins collections, insects, and locally-produced bottles on display. Then we return to the hotel by 8pm and had dinner from the restaurant.

Location: Belize City

Day 7 - 16 Jan 2017

Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport

Belize City, Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport

Content: By noon we checked out from the hotel and hired a taxi to airport. We reached the airport by noon. Our driver dropped us at the parking area. There was a huge parking area just outside the terminal. We entered after finishing the security check. We reached the airport 3 hours in advance and wander around the complex. The trip was perfectly finished once we caught our flight to home town.