The jungle portion of our trip enjoyable and stress-free easy. My boyfriend and I surveyed our options of local cities and hotels in the Central American country (many thanks to Katherine Belarmino of Travel the World for her recommendations!) and decided on eco-friendly ex-pat owned Table Rock Lodge.
Allan and Colleen (Table Rock Lodge owners) were so helpful and responsive all along the planning stages of our trip, even sending detailed directions to the resort from the airport when they found out we’d be renting a car and driving. They event sent a food questionnaire when we signed up for meals in advance.
Here is our itinerary starting Wednesday, mid-month, August 2016:
- Wednesday: land at the international airport in Belize from Miami. Rent a car and drive to Table Rock in San Ignacio. Relax and get situated. Dinner at the resort.
- Thursday: enjoy the jungle! Table Rock had complimentary kayaks I was excited to get my hands on and just basque in the glory of being on vacation with my boyfriend…our first trip out of the country together. We opted for the meal plan that day, which includes breakfast and dinner.
- Friday: Tikal Tour! Bright and early rise time to get to San Ignacio in time for a quick breakfast in town then at the Mayawalk tour office by 7:15am. Arrive back in town later that night, dinner in San Ignacio.
- Saturday: similar schedule to Friday, but ATM Cave Tour today.
- Sunday: breakfast at the resort before saying goodbye. We stopped at one more small Mayan ruin site in San Ignacio before hitting the road for a 2 hour drive to our beach resort, in Hopkins.
We loved this “land” portion of our “land and sea” trip. “Driving away we wondered, “Should we cancel the beach and stay?” We were grateful we gave ourselves one complete day to get situated in the jungle and enjoy the resort, which was key to familiarize ourselves with the property and not feel like we were missing out on enjoyment of our lodge the next couple days. We would have been sorry if we had scheduled an excursion the first day we were there or overextended our energy, so to speak, from the get go. It was nice to take the day to relax, unwind and recharge.
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What would be a must-have for you in a jungle resort in Belize?