In early 2006, I began to throw around ideas of where to travel in the spring.
The year before, I had made my first journey to Central America when I backpacked around Costa Rica.
A lot of people I met on that trip were touring all of Central America, and many had either come from or were headed to Panama.
Bocas del Toro was a popular island chain on the Caribbean side, the exchange rate was better, and of course, there was the Panama Canal.
Somehow, Belize came to my attention. Given I was interested in a Caribbean feel to my trip, I began to read through some guidebooks at my local bookstore.
All sorts of exciting activities jumped from the pages – swimming with sharks, diving the second largest barrier reef in the world, and rappelling into a 300-foot sinkhole in the jungle.
Along with the islands offshore, and the commonness of English as a language in addition to Spanish lead me to chart a course for Belize!
$400 round trip airfare
$720 daily costs ($40/day x 18 days)
$400 adventure activities
Table of Contents – Backpacking in Belize & Guatemala
- Planning – Trip Inventory
- Planning – Trip Activities and Experiences
- Music – MP3 Playlist for the Road
- Day 1 – Washington, DC to San Pedro, Belize – A Caribbean Journey
- Day 2 – Snorkeling with Sharks and Sting Rays
- Day 3 – Adventures with the British Army and a Bike Ride
- Day 4 – Belize Island Hop – Ambergris Caye to Caye Caulker
- Day 5 – Island Life in Belize
- Day 6 – Fishing by Day, Charades by Night
- Day 7 – Caye Caulker, Belize – Hammocks, Food and Fun