Backpacking in Belize [Travel Tips]
This may be the throwiest throwback ever but I finally got the footage together from my backpacking trip to Belize! I had such a fun time reminiscing on this one.
Back in 2015, my hubby and I took a backpacking-style trip to Belize for about 14 days. Being newlyweds, I think this is one of the more challenging things you can do as a young couple (read: pettiness level 10. Am I lying though? lol) Backpacking is definitely not for the faint at heart, but the cultural experience is well worth it. Belize is such a beautiful country that our little attitudes here and there didn't taint the beauty of this trip.
When we first arrived, we flew to Belize City and took a small charter plane to Placencia, a peninsula off the coast of southern Belize. This was probably my favorite part of the trip because the beaches were so secluded! And for a relaxing getaway, you can stay at a reasonable price right on the beach. However, I did not. This was a backpacking trip so I stayed at a dirt cheap price at $30 per night. Please and thank you. We had a private room, clean bed, and a clean shower, still right on the beach so I can't complain. You get what you pay for.
While in Placencia, we travelled to the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve and that had to be the most exhilarating part of the trip. After hiking through the jungle, we went tubing down a river, only to end sliding down rocks and waterfalls back to the entrance. Don't let the video fool you. I wasn't scared at all. Not 'eem a lil.
After about 3 days, we headed inland to a city called San Ignacio, just bordering Guatemala. We went on a cave dive into the depths of Actun Tunichil Muknal, to witness ancient Mayan underworld known as Xibalba. The sanctity of this experience wouldn't allow pictures, but trust, it was incredible! We continued our discovery of ancient Mayan culture to Guatemala, at the Tikal National Park, which featured Mayan ruins nestled in the rainforests of Guatemala.
The last part of our trip was all coastal. We stayed in one bedroom Airbnb's in both San Pedro and Caye Caulker. We swam with sharks (he swam with sharks), snorkeled, slept in hammocks, dined oceanside, visited a secluded island, and brought in the New Year at a beach party.
I don't know the stories of many other Black couples who have gone backpacking, and I don't usually see Black people represented on mainstream travel networks, either. As a couple who likes to travel, I think it's great to share our experiences, because Black people travel, too!
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