Travel to Belize – Episode 586

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Travel to Belize - A One Week Itinerary (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Belize as the Amateur Traveler talks to Allison Greene from about her time in this small tropical country filled with shades of blue and green.

Allison says of Belize, “Belize is actually a very unique country within Central America. Most of Central America obviously is Spanish Speaking and has a history that is more influenced by Spanish colonization whereas Belize was one of the only countries that was colonized by the British. As a result, you have a really interesting mix of cultures happening there. You have everything from indigenous groups that came from the Caribbean, the Garifuna, and the Creole, and then you also have the Mestizo population and the Mayan population. So you’ve got a really interesting melting pot that you won’t see anywhere else in Central America.”

Allison takes us on an itinerary that starts in the capital Belize City but does not spend much time thee. We instead focus mostly on two different regions. First, she heads us north to the islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye for some beach time and time in the water snorkeling with sharks, if we dare, as we enjoy one of the most beautiful reefs in the world. She guides us on what to order from the local restaurants in this laid back area.

Then we head to San Ignacio which she recommends as a base for some more adventure travel in Belize. From San Ignacio, she visited the Mayan ruins of Caracol where you can be one of a small group of people in the place and you can still climb the pyramids. She also went cave tubing through an underground river and also explored the ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal) which includes evidence of ritual use including human sacrifice.

Allison comments on other Mayan sites, why not to spend too much time in Belize City, and what some of the other unmissable things to do and see are in Belize.

Whether it is exploring caves and cenotes, or exploring the beautiful beaches, this small country has some surprises to reward your exploration.

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Show Notes
Travel to Belize and Guatemala – Episode 33
History of the Garifuna People
British Honduras
Caye Caulker
Best Snorkeling in Belize: Sharks, Rays, and Rum Punch Galore
Raggamuffin Tours
San Ignacio, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal – The ATM Cave
21 Unmissable Things to Do In Belize
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Maya Walk Tours
Cochinita Pibil (Yucatán-Style Barbecued Pork) Recipe
Ambergris Caye: The Best Budget Paradise in Belize
Ko-Ox Han nah restaurant in San Ignatio
Belize City
Altun Ha
Placencia Peninsula Belize
Mennonites in Belize
The Underrated Mayan Ruins of Caracol, Belize
Xunantunich Maya Site Belize


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Travel to Belize - A One Week Itinerary (Podcast)

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “Travel to Belize – Episode 586”



Hi Chris, I very much enjoyed listening to this episode on Belize, since we just did a trip to there this summer for almost 2 weeks, and you guest was telling about the places we’d been in (by we I mean me, my husband and my 2 teenagers).
We stayed on San pedro for a few days to scuba and the next 6 days in San ignacio.

I would like to add to your guest’s words by saying we loved Belize, I found that almost all of the people we met speak Spanish natively as well and were very happy to move to spanish as soon I asked them, so I had much more practice in Spanish than I thought I would…
In addition to the ATM cave, which I completely agree with you guest, is very interesting and unique, we also did zipline in San ignacio (took a taxi ourselves and he just waited for us) which was a lot of fun, and visited Xunantunich, which (not being in the bigger ruins) was very interesting for us.
There is also chocolate making in san ignacio which is fun, and the first time I ate a 100% “chocolate” that was delicious and not bitter (only because we freshly made it, it doesn’t keep this way…)

Also, I can to recommend their belizean stew – chicken or beef which we ate once a day in san ignacio and is delicious… (on the island we best loved their grilled snapper).

And last recommendation, my comment is too long – I love espresso and found in San pedro the coffee bar which has great strong espresso (just look the name up online for address)

And last thing in general – I love love your podcast, am a listener for years now!!




Thanks Miri, chocolate, now maybe I can get my wife interested 🙂

Doreen Pendgracs


I’m looking forward to this episode. I, too, love Belize, and Chris, if you want to know about the chocolate of Belize, just ask me. Chocolate travel my specialty!

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