Adios Guatemalan highlands, hello Caribbean. The first leg on our holiday took us to the hot and humid Caribbean side of Guatemala where we visited Ak’tenamit, an NGO that established a hospital and boarding school in the jungle. After this promising opportunity for future volunteering we took a boat across the Caribbean sea to Punta Gorda, Belize. Life here is completely different: no more Spanish, no more dust and yelling and bustling markets, but relaxed Belizeans, lots of space and scorching heat.
After one night in Punta Gorda, a Belizean chicken bus (slow and organised and only two people per seat) took us to Placencia, a small laid-back fishing village, and holiday started. Palm trees, sandy beaches, the Caribbean sea and endless pineapple shakes.
However, the real Belizean Caribbean jewels are off the coast. So we took a boat to Tobacco Caye, a tiny island on the reef that you can explore in 5 minutes. The reef is within wading distance of the shore, ideal for snorkelling or just hanging out on our cabaña terrace watching the fishes swimming by. The following pictures don’t need any further explanation: