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Spending Time in Central America

This fall has been pretty full for me: NOLA, NYC, personal commitments, fall cleaning and my trip to Central America. I’ll give you a few highlights and then I’ll be sharing some more detailed content soon so stay tuned!

Why I Went

I’ve loved Belize since my first trip there in 2015, as evidenced by my returning each year…..seriously, at some point we just need to buy property there as it feels like a great place to have a second home.  So when planning some time off this year I realized that it was due time to head there again.  I also wanted to check out Guatemala as it’s super close to Belize and is also home to one of my bucket list items (you can read more about that here).  I really can’t imagine a year without a visit to Belize – that’s how much I love spending time in Central America!

A Quick Trip Summary

After flying into Belize City we did the drive over to Guatemala (about five or so hours), crossing the border at Benque and continuing on to the Petén District.  I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about my first land border crossing but it was so smooth (and so fast!).  Just a quick word of advice:  don’t forget about the departure tax when leaving Belize!  It’s built into your plane tickets if you’re flying out of BZE but if you’re hopping over the border for a few days like we did you’ll have to pay up.  There’s no exit fee for Guatemala, however.

Lago Petén Itza – no filter needed (check out that water!) photo: babygotbalance

Staying on Lago Petén Itza was one of the best decisions we could have made!  The hotel, La Lancha, sits above the shores of the glittering teal waters of the lake and was a great first stop. You can read my review of La Lancha here.  With only three nights until it was time to go back over the border to Belize I was determined to maximize the time available.  Our time in Guatemala was filled with good food, incredible wildlife, a trip to Tikal, a day on the lake, temazcal sessions and some much needed downtime.

When we left Guatemala we did the border crossing again at Benque and then spent some time in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve at Blancaneaux Lodge before heading to a private island (seriously, we rented an island!) and then wrapped up our stay in Placencia.  Belize, again, is one of my favorite spots so it’s no surprise that our time was spent enjoying all of it:  food, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, visiting the San Ignacio market, Mayan ruins, cooking and checking out some conservation initiatives that are happening in the area.

I will absolutely take it as a sign from the Universe that when we left our flight was delayed for over five hours – pretty sure we were being told that we shouldn’t leave Belize!  In all seriousness, the flight issues home were a bit annoying (like the overnight in Atlanta due to missing our connection) but nothing too crazy especially after the amazing two weeks spent.  I’m already counting the days until I go back!

Like I mentioned earlier, I will be posting up lots of content from this trip (where to stay, what to do, what NOT to do, lodging reviews and tons of photos!) in the coming weeks.  I’d love to hear from you, though!  Have you visited Guatemala and/or Belize?  If so, what were your favorite bits?  If not, what would you like to know?  Let me know in the comments! Also if you can’t wait for content you can always check out my 5 Things You Must do in Belize post now!

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  1. Kelly| Citytoast2southerntea

    December 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Your pics are amazing and the pictures make everything look fresh. I love this.

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    December 3, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Wow! Your photos are amazing! I was just having a “world travel” conversation with someone at work — it’s so great to be able to explore!

    1. admin

      December 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Thank you so much! I totally agree – being able to explore the world makes me so happy.

  3. Christa

    December 4, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Belize and Central America are high on my travel bucket list. I’m looking forward to reading more about your trip!

  4. Christa

    December 4, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Belize and Central America are high on my travel bucket list. I’m looking forward to reading more about your trip!

  5. Monica

    December 4, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Your photos are breathtaking and so colorful! My co-worker is planning a trip in a couple weeks to Central America, so I’m sending this post her way!

  6. Krystin

    December 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This looks amazing, I’ve always wanted to go to Central America!

  7. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    December 5, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I have never been to Guatemala and/or Belize but I am dreaming of visiting someday. I need to get me some vitamin SEA in those beautiful places. Your photos are stunning. I just filled me with wanderlust!

  8. Melissa

    December 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    That sounds amazing! I have never been in Central America, but I want to go to so many countries there!

  9. Cindy

    December 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    It looks gorgeous! I’d definitely visit. I feel about Scotland the way you do about Belize. However I’m open to any travel adventure!

  10. Amanda

    December 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Central America is on my bucket list! These photos are beautiful!

  11. Melanie williams

    December 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    WOW looks like you had a fab getaway for sure. I am loving all your lovely travel piccys too x

  12. Liz Santos

    December 7, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Wow! Seems like a truly wonderful and attached to nature place! Your pictures tells so much about the simplicity of the scenery and local, I wish I can visit one day.

  13. Amanda Rosson

    December 9, 2019 at 3:27 am

    What gorgeous photos!! I’ve never been to Central America, but after your post, I definitely want to visit! <3

  14. Clarice

    December 10, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Totally agree with you! Food, hiking, swimming, snorkeling is simply the perfect life. I have never been to Belize but I surely would love anytime in the future. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

  15. Courteney Noonan

    December 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    What lovely pictures and an amazing sunset shot. I’d love to visit Central America. I’ve never actually been to the USA.

  16. Nina Bosken

    December 11, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I have never been to either of these countries before. I would love to visit both. It’s really frustrating when people have an idea that a place is a certain way without really knowing anything about it.

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