This was not only my first trip to Central America but my first backpacking trip. This trip was a huge breakthrough in my vision of travel as I have spend the past year evolving my passion and desire for travel. It was suppose to be two plus ones, however my mom didn't make it because of school. So my step father and I happily flew into the beautiful countries of Belize and Guatemala, Two completely different yet diverse lands with amazing people. Everything from the beaches, to the buildings and architecture, the landscapes, lakes, volcanoes, Mayan ruins, to the cities. Belize is the only English speaking nation in Central America however has a large Spanish influence. Belize was touristy expensive while Guatemala remained relatively cheap for the budget traveler. Fortunately weeks before, I purchased a GoPro to have the ability to record the reefs of Belize and its marine life underwater. Also enhancing the quality of the magnificent ruins of the Mayans.
This trip was not only a success in being the first time to travel between countries but also to practice my long flawed Spanish. Through hard work of tutoring for 8 months, my intermediate skills got my step dad and I around Guatemala in peace. We ran into a scare with the transportation in northern Guatemala as the bus company was known for scams, however we entered Guatemala and arrived in the beautiful island of Flores without issue. You get what you pay for but as a budget traveler and adventurer a $2-4 bus ride in a retired american school bus across Belize was worth all the ass pain. Riding the Belize Water Taxi took longer than usual and although Belize City is not known for tourism, It was still great to see the heart of the city. The highlight of the trip was Tikal and couldn't have went any better. There is nothing like doing things on the go and had the privilege of staying at the most awesome hostel overlooking Petén Itza without any plan. Last but not least, spending our last day at a higher altitude in Antigua gave this whole trip that extra touch of chill and laid back with friendly Guatemalans, bright pastel colored buildings, cobble stoned roads, and a backdrop of a volcano that was hard to resist looking at at every chance. To get from Tikal to Guatemala City, We took a 9 hour overnight bus called Linea Dorada. Fortunate for us, we had seats right up front on the top deck overlooking our morning drive through the mountains and into Guatemala City. This is the same bus that could be used to go from Guatemala City to Peten where Tikal is.
From beaching, snorkeling, water taxiing, chicken busing, temple climbing, border crossing, lake chilling, burrito eating, and Belizean and Guatemalan beer drinking, there was not one second that I didn't enjoy myself, once again fulfilling my dreams and visions. Many months ago like every other place I desire to travel, I envision how I would do things. Being in Belize and Guatemala, I did it better. Many years ago, I sat in a college classroom glancing at pictures of travel, two years ago I started, last year I left the country for the first time, this trip, I backpacked for the first time. Like all my videos, they represent me as I put my heart into all of my footage. I not only enjoy my time and explore but I hope to give others the opportunity to see how things are done beyond the travel guides and books. This is travel in the eyes of Anthony Perez! Hope you enjoy and happy travels!
Day 1: Fly into Belize City,San Pedro
Day 2: San Pedro Snorkeling
Day 3: San Pedro, Belize City, San Ignacio, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech
Day 4: San Ignacio, Belize Guatemala Border, Flores, San Miguel
Day 5: Flores , Tikal
Day 6: Flores (Chilling)
Day 7: Bus ride down to Guatemala City, Antigua
Day 8: Antigua, Fly out from Guatemala City