9 Days in Belize and Tikal, Guatemala

A Travelogue by John Niebler

Pictures by John Niebler and John Zastrow

Getting to Belize Diving Trip Explore Caye Caulker Tikal - day 1 Tikal - day 2 Down to Punta Gorda - Kayak Trip Explore the cave Snorkeling and Fishing Going home
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Dive Trip
Caye Caulker
Tikal - Day 1
Tikal - Day 2
PG and Kayak
Cave Trip
Snorkeling and Fishing
Going Home

Monday March 31
Needless to say we did not go diving on Monday. It was still colder (about 65-70 degrees), still windy and I needed a back adjustment. Every time I bent over my back gave out. Apparently many others were hurt as well. The masseuse that made room for me in her schedule turned down ten other people. So Monday we explored Caulker. It’s laid back, but it’s shack-ish. The locals were more indifferent than anything else. We stopped at a Maya Island Air office and found that all our plane reservations were screwed up. Diane, a wonderfully friendly and efficient travel agent, spent about an hour and a half fixing things. (She was late getting into the office because her son’s boa constrictor was loose in the house. They had to catch it before she could leave.)

We explored the whole town, which is only about 6 streets total. There is only one decent beach on the island. It is at a place called The Split. Hurricane Hattie ripped the island in two in 1961. So we swam for a bit and laid out in the cool sun for a few hours reading.

At night we ate outside at a restaraunt across from our hotel. They had tin foil wrapped buttered snapper with potatoes. Fantastic. We sat and drank in the cool Belize night until it was time to head back and pack up for our flight to Tikal the next morning.


Pictures of the town and oceanfront in Caye Caulker
Swimmin' at the Split. (That's the other half of the island across the water.)
Abandoned hotel at the Split. Not sure if the hurricane took it out or if it just went under.
Break wall got ripped down.