Friday, August 5, 2011

One Week in Belize: A Travel Itinerary

Sometimes, all you have is a week to see an entire country. I know work schedules can be tight and vacation time hard to come by, especially if you're an American. Luckily, Belize is small and totally doable in a week!

Day One: Arrive in Belize City and take a water taxi to Caye Caulker. Check in to your hotel/hostel. If you're looking to stay at a hostel, we recommend Yuma's Backpacker's Hostel. It's clean, convenient, and there's art in the rooms! 

Day Two: Rent bikes to explore Caye Caulker and sign up for a tour for the next day. Choose from snorkeling the reef, seeing the sea cows, kayaking, diving the blue hole, deep sea fishing, or sunset sailing. Go to the split to play in the warm blue ocean and eat/drink at the Lazy Lizard.

Day Three: Activity of your choice and relaxation. 

Day Four: Travel Day. Take the water taxi back to Belize City in the morning and get on a bus to San Ignacio--the jungle! Explore San Ignacio and decide on which Mayan Ruins to see. 

Day Five: See Mayan Ruins with or without a guide. I really enjoyed having a guide (we used Pacz Tours) at the ruins because he taught us a lot about Mayan culture and what the different structures were used for. It was very informative! Of course, you can also visit the ruins on your own if you want to.

We are at Tikal in the photo above. Tikal is a massive site with many temples and buildings. It's actually in Guatemala but you can do it as a day trip from San Ignacio. There are a some smaller (but still impressive!) Mayan sites in Belize too.

Day Six: Explore the ATM cave. A very unique exploration into the Mayan Underworld (aka a cave!). This trip is one of the greatest adventures you can have in Belize. If you are in Belize, I would NOT miss it! For this trip, it is required to have a guide. We used Pacz Tours for this as well. 

Day Seven: Take a bus back to Belize City and fly home!

Note: All opinions are solely our own. We were not compensated for any recommendations or reviews. 


  1. Great to hear something positive about Belize - all I usually here is tales of how awful Belize City is!

    That water looks beautiful. Also, loving the name "The Lazy Lizard" - I may have to steal it if I ever open a restaurant/cafe/bar haha!

  2. Belize City is awful. :( It's really only good for the international airport...but the rest of Belize is beauuuutiful!

  3. Yes, we spent very little time in Belize City. We flew in, took a taxi straight to the water taxi, and then went to Caye Caulker. We didn't go back to Belize City until a few hours before our flight home.