Guatemala & Belize -- Mar-Apr 2018
Where We Goin'
After four months of helping my mom recover from
Hurricane Harvey in Houston
, we've finally switched
gears and
are spending January and February relaxing
in
Panama City Beach, Florida -- a place we've come to
love.
Meanwhile, we've been thinking about our next
big international trip and have decided on Guatemala
and Belize. The forty-day trip will be divided roughly
equally between the two countries.

We'll start out in Antigua, Guatemala where we'll spend a
full week seeing the sights of this colonial Spanish town
over Easter Week. Semana Santa in Antigua is one of
the most elaborate Easter celebrations in the world,
with streets covered with flowered "carpets" and huge
processions. We also hope to climb Acatenango Volcano
(elev. 13,045') while we're here. You get great views
from the top of actively erupting Fuego Volcano! This
overnight camping trip involves steep climbing so we'll
definitely have to work to get into shape beforehand.

Next we'll take in Lake Atitlan, a gorgeous lake in the
southern highlands of Guatemala surrounded by
volcanoes. Tiny towns dot the lake and you can take a
ferry from one town to the next. We'll base ourselves in
Panajachel and do some relaxed exploring from there.

A bumpy 10-hour ride will bring us to Lanquin in the
middle of Guatemala -- all for one attraction known as
Semuc Champey. Gorgeous cascading pools in the
middle of verdant jungle make this too irresistible for us
to pass up! There's also a water-filled cave tour with
candles and river tubing to enjoy.

Another bumpy 8-hour ride will bring us into northern
Guatemala where we'll pause in the quaint island town
of Flores. Here we'll rest up for a day before heading to
Tikal just an hour away. Tikal is the site of some of the
most impressive Mayan ruins in the world. Its tall
temples are world famous and have been on our bucket
list for a long time. We'll spend two days exploring here.

From Tikal we cross the border into Belize and visit San
Ignacio in the rainforests of Belize. Here we hope to do
a full-day jungle caving adventure as well as explore
some smaller ruins.

The rest of our trip is all about the beach. We head to
Belize's coast and spend five days each in Placencia,
Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. We hope to do lots
of snorkeling at places like Laughing Bird Caye near
Placencia, Shark-Ray Alley near Ambergris Caye, and Hol
Chan Marine Reserve near Caye Caulker. Who knows,
we may even relax a bit and enjoy some well deserved
beach time.
Holi Paint Festival -- Agra, India
These two Central American countries sit snugly side by side
and should be easy to explore together, as long as we're
willing to brave some bumpy jungle roads