Travel Help and advice
Replies: 50 - Last Post: Oct 23, 2012 7:01 AM Last Post By: Greggo
Oct 22, 2012 11:55 AM
45Caye Caulker is one of the northern cayes (islands) which are closer to the reef than mainland spots like Hopkins and Placencia. If you snorkel from H or P it would not be to CC.
Oh, thanks for that - I'll have a look on google maps :)
Alternately, you could consider 2 nights in SI area for the ATM tour, then head to CC for 3 nights for an awesome snorkeling/sailing day with Raggamuffin
You mention spending three nights in Caye Caulker, but only list one day activity there (the Raggamuffin Tour). Are you suggesting that I need 3 nights just for this one day activity or that there will be another activity I'll want for the other day?
then head to Orange Walk for the Lamanai boat trip (instead of the Monkey River trip).
I think this is great advice. I'll cull the Mokey River Trip and just do the Lamanai boat trip. Your photos sold this tour for me :)
You could actually leave from Caulker for the Lamanai trip, giving you an extra day in SI or CC or ??
Hmmm... I'm not quite sure how this gives me an extra day. I have allocated 7 nights to Belize as I posted earlier (I've re-posted it below). Would you mind clearing up what you meant by this?
2 nights in Sag Ignacio - ATM Cave Tour
3 nights in Caye Caulker (previously Hopkins or Placencia )- Snorkeling at Caye Caulker (previously and Monkey River Tour)
2 nights at Orange Walk - Lamanai Mayan Site and New River Tour
Oct 22, 2012 12:02 PM
46Cled, can I suggest leaving some unplanned downtime in your schedule? Travel in Central America has a funny way or wreaking havoc on tight schedules. You also might find yourself enamored of a certain place, and wish for an extra day. This happens to people at Lake Atitlan, especially. Someone above mentioned not getting too tied to a schedule, especially one with as many parts is what you have planned. This is good advice.
Thank you very much for your advice. You are not the first person to mention Lake Atitlan is a place people never want to leave. The problem is that we are there near the beginning of our trip, so won't be so eager for downtime at this point.
Do you or anyone else know whether we should book our tours in advance or just wait 'til we get to our accommodation, where I understand you can book and pay for tours?
Because if we can wait 'til we get there, then we can decide then whether we want to do the tour or we want downtime.
Also, I'm not sure whether or not you know this, but we have allocated 3 full days of beaching at Maya Riviera at the end of our trip :)
Oct 22, 2012 12:45 PM
47What I meant was you could head to Orange Walk from Caye Caulker 1st thing in the morning, do the New River/Lamanai tour, and spend just 1 night in Orange Walk instead of 2. With your extra full day on Caulker you could shop, eat, sleep, read in a hammock, do another snorkeling trip, go on a manatee sighting trip, try your hand at fishing, volunteer at the animal place, or do nothing - it has a nice Caribbean vibe you won't have any of your other stops (including in Mexico).
Re: transition days, I think it's good to plan to head out 1st thing in the morning. Most of your transitions aren't full day trips so there's some wiggle room there. Whether you plan your stops or keep things open is a matter of personal taste and travel style. You'll mostly be fine if you book the day before; I wouldn't wait till the day of the trip for full day hikes or caving trips. If you know when you want to do the ATM, for example, booking further ahead could mean a coveted 1st thing in the morning slight; we loved being 1st in as the cave gets crowded as the day goes along.
I'd plan a stop at the Belize Zoo enroute to Caye Caulker - very unique. Have a great trip!
Oct 22, 2012 3:40 PM
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