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Chart your course through Central America—from the cities of El Salvador to the ruins of Belize.
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Days in Belize
5 nights from only $1395
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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.
Activity Level 1:
Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.
Activity Level 2:
Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.
Activity Level 3:
Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.
Activity Level 4:
Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.
Activity Level 5:
Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.
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Discover the jungles and Maya ruins of Belize on horseback.
There are pros and cons to visiting a destination during any time of the year. Find out what you can expect during your ideal travel time, from weather and climate, to holidays, festivals, and more.
Occurring in the middle of the high season, January to March is the driest time in Belize when temperatures hover around 75 degrees, humidity remains low and comfortable, and the sun shines brightly. There is a chance of a cold front sweeping through, bringing chilly weather by tropical standards.
The clear weather results in the ideal time to explore the jungles, national parks, and Mayan ruins while March proves the best time to dive at the Barrier Reef. However it also means these months are the busiest with crowds gathering at the popular sites.
Similar to Mardi Gras in meaning, Carnaval runs the week before Lent begins and is a time for people to indulge in the pleasures they’ll be giving up. The beach town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye organizes a festival full of food, dancing, and fun. Comparsas, or street dancing groups, dressed in costumes and a men’s group in women’s clothing dance through the streets while revelers cover each other in paint and raw eggs.
Watch this film to discover more about Belize
Discover the jungles and Maya ruins of Belize on horseback.
Produced by Darley Newman
Temperatures and humidity increase going into April and May as the dry season winds down to a close, though the coastal winds in the north can bring in some cool air. With the conclusion of high season, crowds will thin except around Easter when tourists arrive to witness the festivals associated with the holiday.
Weather in the Cayo district and Cayes remains dry in late spring, making for an ideal opportunity to enjoy the region’s cerulean beaches with smaller crowds. The water becomes calmer moving into the summer, allowing for good visibility while diving at the Great Blue Hole.
During these months, whale sharks—the largest animal in the ocean at 40 feet long—migrate to the warm waters of Belize, namely near the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Belize’s Barrier Reef, allowing divers to swim alongside these gentle giants.
June is considered one of the warmest months in Belize, though the tropical weather remains hot and humid through the next few months. The Caribbean summer makes the white sandy beaches particularly inviting where visitors can soak up some sun, take a dip in the ocean, or scuba dive in the calm waters.
Along with the summer comes the wet season as sudden, but short thunderstorms arrive in the afternoon or evening. Southern Belize tends to see more rain than the north. In July, the climate also begins to cool with the beginning of the low tourist season.
Lobsterfests across Belize launch the country’s lobster season, which runs June 15 through February 15, with alcohol, concerts, beach parties, outdoor food booths serving lobster dishes, and even beauty pageants with contestants in lobster costumes. But most notable are the events in San Pedro, which hosts the largest Lobsterfest at a week-long on its white sand beaches, and Placencia, which features games and eating contests.
Beginning in August, the hurricane season continues through October with tropical storms ripping across the Caribbean country. The season is marked by high humidity as well as regular torrential downpours that usually only last an hour or two.
During hurricane season, many businesses stay closed and some outdoor activities like snorkeling or cave exploring may be canceled. However, August can experience a short break from the rain and wind in the form of a dry period called the mauger.
As one of the country’s largest festivals, the Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye overwhelms the senses with the vibration of music, the noise of all-night dance parties, and colorful costumes and flashing lights. Cultural groups and musicians from the surrounding countries perform for dancing crowds while beauty queens vie for the title of Miss Costa Maya International. While listening to music, comedians, and other performers, visitors also enjoy cookouts, games, and the town’s beautiful beaches.
During the winter, Belize’s temperatures cool off, creating balmy days for visitors to enjoy exploring outdoors—though there is still a chance of afternoon rain during these months. Mid-November ushers in the dry season, as well as the high season, with more tourists coming into the country.
The peak tourism season takes its full effect in late December when visitors come to experience the parties, festivals, and traditions around Christmas, New Year, and other winter holidays.
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While many major cities in Central America try to cater to the desires of tourists, Belize City is proud of the wide economic and cultural spectrum of its people. From charming bright colonial houses to the ramshackle refuges of the poor, the city is unapologetically itself.
Nearly destroyed by a hurricane in 1961, much of the city is either newly-built or refurbished. Yet, the city’s idiosyncratic identity was never lost—amid palm trees and beating sun, the almost 200-year-old St. John’s Anglican Cathedral could have been lifted from colonial New England.
While many paths have crossed in Belize over the centuries, a harmonious relationship with nature is paramount to its identity. The Eco-Museum provides an intimate exploration of this relationship, constructed from recycled natural materials. Delicate orchids, Belize’s world-famous mahogany, and an exotic butterfly exhibit provide curious travelers with a smorgasbord of the country’s naturalistic offerings.
Belize City is not visited by many tourists, in part because its people have nothing to hide. When it comes to understanding the life of a country’s people, you have to walk among them. The only question left to ask is "Are you ready?"
Flanking the pristine New River Lagoon, the Lamanai Ruins hold archaeological treasures beyond the wildest of dreams. Nestled deep within the jungle of northern Belize, the site still holds hundreds of buildings and artifacts yet to be discovered.
The first settlers of Lamanai—an ancient Mayan word for “submerged crocodile”, many of which lived in the nearby lagoon—arrived around 1600 BC and remained for about 3,000 years. One of the longest-held bastions of Maya culture amid Spanish colonization, the people of Lamanai erected several prodigious temples, including the towering High Temple and haunting beauty of the Mask Temple. Yet, it’s the snarling, almost menacing visage on the Jaguar Temple which is most arresting.
The Maya held out in Lamanai even with interaction from both Spanish and British colonists. Yet, like much of Belize, it was their ability to adapt that led to their longevity. Even though views of the lagoon are awe-inspiring, the testament left behind by the Maya is their enduring architecture—such as the 13-foot mask at the Mask Temple—that tell a deeper story.
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Bring Latin American flair into your kitchen with this easy and delicious empanada recipe.
from Harriet's Corner
Delicious and satisfying empanadas are a portable meal unto themselves—which is why they've become ubiquitous throughout Latin America. Derived from the Spanish empanar, meaning “to coat with bread,” there are myriad versions, both savory and sweet. Using raisins, allspice, and beef, this empanada recipe features the best of both savory and sweet. Because they include pre-made pie crust, they’re relatively easy to make—the hardest part of cooking empanadas is waiting for them to cool down so you enjoy them! Try your hand at cooking them soon for a taste of Latin America.
½ lb. ground beef1 Tbsp. olive oil1 large onion, diced½ green bell pepper, diced2 Tbsp. garlic, minced¼ c. black olives, finely chopped1 Tbsp. flour1 Tbsp. allspice1 tsp. cumin1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped1/3 c. raisins1 (15 oz.) package refrigerated pie crust1 egg, beatensalt and pepper to tasteflour (for rolling surface)
Serves: Makes 20 empanadas
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