Backpacking in Central America (1/2): Belize

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First backpacking trip from the beautiful beaches of San Pedro to the Mayan ruins in San Ignacio in Western Belize.

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Day 1: San Pedro 3:58
Day 2: Snorkeling 12:30
Day 3: Belize City 22:22, Xunantunich 31:45, Cahal Pech 40:40
Day 4: Entering Guatemala

This was not only my first trip to Central America but my first backpacking trip. This trip was a huge breakthrough in my vision of travel as I have spend the past year evolving my passion and desire for travel. It was suppose to be two plus ones, however my mom didn’t make it because of school. So my step father and I happily flew into the beautiful countries of Belize and Guatemala, Two completely different yet diverse lands with amazing people. Although Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America, it is a mixing pot of English, Spanish, Mayan, and coastal Garifuna cultures. Belize is a good mashup of tourist and backpacker all in one.

After flying into Belize Citys airport out the outskirts of the city, we took a cab to the Belize City Water Taxi terminal. From here we took about an hour boat ride to Caye Caulker en route to our island, Ambergris Caye where San Pedro is. San Pedro so far was the most relaxing and most laid back place I have ever been to. WHen they say take it slow, they mean it as time nearly seized to exist and our time there seemed to last longer than we thought, GOOD. We spend half of our second day strolling the beaches, walking around town where all they primarily drive is golf carts, and finally went snorkeling in Shark Alley with sharks, turtles, and fish.

Third day we left the relaxation of the island behind, headed for Belize City and took our first 3 hour chicken bus across Belize for San Ignacio. Although uncomfortable, the bus ride costed us a whopping $4. Once we finally arrived in San Ignacio, we settled in our cozy hotel and took a cab ride over to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, 15 to 20 minutes from the Guatemala border and the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech, outside the city. Considering the distance, we walked from Cahal Pech through the small town of San Ignacio to catch dinner and finally head back to our hotel. Instead of our fourth day cave diving or tubing, we cancelled those plans and headed straight for the Guatemalan border to spend the next five days there before heading back home.

Belize is an amazing country for it’s size. It not only offers great tourism but offers foreigners the opportunity to buy land for retirement. As for backpackers, Belize is the most if not one of the more expensive countries in Central America. However, the experience between relaxing on a Belizean beach or hiking up a Mayan pyramid is something that you truly can never forget. For a small English speaking nation in Central America, Belize is Unbelizable. Can you Belize it? 🙂

Many years ago, I sat in a college classroom glancing at pictures of travel, two years ago I started, last year I left the country for the first time, this trip, I backpacked for the first time. Like all my videos, they represent me as I put my heart into all of my footage. I not only enjoy my time and explore but I hope to give others the opportunity to see how things are done beyond the travel guides and books. This is travel in the eyes of Anthony Perez! Hope you enjoy and happy travels!

Video production and assembly is not professional, strictly for fun. 🙂 Enjoy

Iphone 4S and GoPro

Songs:
Belize You Born Deh – Lord Rhaburn Combo
Village Gyal – ? (If anyone knows the artist, please let me know)
Viva al Caribé – Andy Palacio
Roots – Andy Palacio
Proud of my Belize – Shannelly Sutherland

~I DO NOT TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THE MUSIC IN THIS VIDEO. ONLY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES !

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26 Comments

  1. Absolutely wonderful! I'm going to Belize for the first time in Jan. 2013. We are developing the trip now, but so far we have definitely are going to stay in on Tranquility Bay and San Pedro. And the Belize Mayan site you showed was outstanding! Thank you, travel and make many more videos!

  2. You will absolutely love Belize. It is so diverse and rich with culture and great for tourism and travel.The islands are nice to relax but don't expect too much to do in San Pedro. You have to check out Lamanai. Unfortunately we couldn't like i wanted but maybe you can put it on your list. And def make your way to San Ignacio where those first ruins were. There is a lot to do in San ignacio but most of them come with a hefty price due to distance. Happy travels my friend. More videos coming soon

  3. Alex Arriaza says:

    WOW! THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST OF THE BEST VIDEO I HAVE SEEN. I FEEL YOU IM CONNECTED WITH YOU! I LIVE TO TRAVEL, I WAS BORN TO TRAVEL. THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY MOTHERLAND GUATEMALA. I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS DOCUMENTARY. BE SAFE 🙂

  4. Glad you enjoyed my friend. Your country opened my eyes to a different way of traveling. Hope all is well with you and Happy travels.

  5. Estoy aprendiendo español también pero vivo en Jamaica,tan es muy difícil para mi.Tengo que ir a Cuba.jajaja

  6. will clark says:

    great video like and subscribed:)

    sub to Willclark

  7. juneinbloom2 says:

    Can you tell me the name of the song and/or artist singing at the 50 min mark?

  8. Van Hobson says:

    enjoyed the video – looking to travel to Guatemala soon

  9. Originally an hour and a half long, I shortened this trip into two separate videos. One for my time in Belize and one for Guatemala. Enjoy. 🙂

  10. I want to try to do Guatemala & Belize in two weeks is that possible?
    For Guatemala id like a day in Tikal and check out Antigua…not sure if i need to see Guatemala City…any Sugestions?

  11. Beautiful Video 
    My bf and I are traveling to Chetumal, from Chetumal we will go to San Pedro, Belize 🙂
    Can you recommend a hotel in Belize 

  12. Nice video. Thank you.

  13. Sam Agx says:

    belize independence ?? Southern Belize belongs to Guatemala
    belize independence ?? Southern Belize belongs to Guatemala
    belize independence ?? Southern Belize belongs to Guatemala……..

  14. zayloc23 says:

    so much respect!!!!definitely inspiration!!!

  15. sorry… video is not very good… most people are not looking to be entertained … Why not share where you went …. where you stayed how much it cost…. cut out the music and you the stupid sayings and share some information.

  16. what the cabbie cost ya

  17. Your music makes me want to dance 🙂

  18. Crurned says:

    Is that Walter White?

  19. unu capture Belize gud maan!…. i miss my home,, an family……. nice video

  20. GREAT MUSIC SELECTION.. DAT ANDY PALACIO NUH TRU?

  21. Monica Bitch says:

    i hope you and your husband had a wonderful time…nice couple..

  22. Monica Bitch says:

    oooooooh sorry bab ,,,,please forgive me,,

  23. 42:42 you appear to catch an energy orb on camera 🙂

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