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Day 1

Stay: Ka’ana

Walk through dewy tropical gardens on your way to the infinity pool at this resort located near the mountains in the western Cayo district of Belize. Or explore ancient ruins before soothing your muscles with a mud wrap at the resort’s spa. Both the casitas (small houses) and the mahogany-trimmed, Hollywood-worthy villas have their own private pools, but the modern extras are balanced with local artwork and handmade wooden furniture.

Do: Actun Tunichil Muknal

Take a guided tour of the vast subterranean attraction that is the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Swim and spelunk your way through the labyrinth into the heart of the cave while your guide fills you in on the secrets of the Mayan underworld. You’ll no doubt end up face to face with the skeletal remains of an ancient Mayan princess, known as the Crystal Maiden for the way her bones have been petrified by sparkling calcite.

Taste: La Ceiba

Dinner at Ka’ana’s La Ceiba restaurant blends ancient Mayan traditions with modern Belizean ingredients. Spicy Mennonite sausages are partnered with dukunu, a kind of Mayan polenta cooked with coconut milk and roasted in corn husks. Short ribs are braised in local Belikin stout and served with mashed cassava. All of the fruits and vegetables come from Ka’ana’s organic garden.

Ka'ana's La CeibaKa'ana's La Ceiba

Day 2

Do: Yaxha National Park

Just a short ride from Ka’ana, Guatemala makes a convenient day trip. (North Americans don’t require a visa to enter.) A boat ride across the crocodile-infested lake takes you to a partially excavated Topoxte ruin, but the mainland’s massive Yaxha ruin, the third largest in Guatemala, is equally impressive. Climb to the top of Temple 216 – the site’s highest structure – to scope the unbroken jungle canopy.

Temple 216Temple 216 (Photo: Dennis Jarvis)

Taste: Saturday Market

At the Saturday market in San Ignacio (a five-minute ride or easy 20-minute walk from the hotel), Mayan farmers sit behind piles of fresh produce and the smell of fried tortillas wafts in the air. Don’t leave without seeking out salbutes, a traditional Yucatán dish of spicy tostadas topped with shredded chicken, avocado and cabbage.

Day 3

Do: Yoga

Loosen up with one of Ka’ana’s early-morning yoga classes, held in the shadow of 1,400-year-old pyramids at Xunantunich, an ancient Mayan archeological sight. After your workout, climb to the top of El Castillo, the tallest pyramid in the complex, to take in the views of dense jungle that extend all the way to Guatemala.

Yoga at Ka'anaYoga at Ka'ana

Taste: Erva’s

Famous for its conch ceviche and for its gregarious owner who shares the same name, Erva’s in San Ignacio is as close to a see-and-be-seen place as there is in this sleepy town. While the expansive menu covers everything from steaks to burritos, most people come for the simple stewed chicken with rice and beans.

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Ms Willi Green

Monday, May 6th 2013 12:35
looks nice!

tom warchuk

Monday, May 6th 2013 12:41
this looks like the perfect getaway from a hectic downtown toronto, with out having to take a whole week off.

V Kohli

Monday, May 6th 2013 13:03
Seems like great getaway.......

Laurie Hasiuk

Monday, May 6th 2013 13:17
coming face to face with the skeletal remains of an ancient Mayan princess, known as the Crystal Maiden sounds pretty exciting, but not as adventurous as a
boat ride across the crocodile-infested lake. I would love to sit with the Mayan farmers behind piles of fresh produce and smell fried tortillas in the air and then to relax with some Yoga... sounds absolutely amazing.

Bonnie Dillon

Monday, May 6th 2013 13:31
I have been to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and would like to compare with Belize. Spelunking interests me as well as the Mayan culture. It seems like a lot to do in three days. I am a pastel artist and find the jungle challenging.

Terri Moore

Monday, May 6th 2013 14:10
Ahhhhhhhh! That's all that needs be said :)

william Villeda

Monday, May 6th 2013 14:59
I need Price, Day you left and when you come back, also this is a rigid schedule or I can do on my way.
for sample if don't have interest in Yoga Can I do some different like Scuba diving or doing other seeing.

Allan Stuckel

Monday, May 6th 2013 16:04
I flew my Cessna 210 to Belize city ,cleared customs then down to stan creek (monkey river town) landed on a dirt strip, then took a dug out canoe (log) across to plecencia and stayed at the turtle dove in owned by Chris White and her two daughters. we where picked up by captain victor B of the Lacrecia Boshia and went fishing and snorkelling off rangoon cay.Then back to the turtle dove inn and into the jungle in the box of a f250 ford to the Guatemalan boarder where we walked into an underground river. This was in 1983 and the people of the area where just great. Your tour sound great need to stay longer though -Prices?

karen korhonen

Monday, May 6th 2013 16:30
Much needed!!!!

petecoultas

Monday, May 6th 2013 16:39
how sad to treat this stunning country as a 3-day trivial trip....anyone doing this selection would be better visiting disneyworld....spend at least 2 weeks or do not bother....

Mindy ZeifmAN

Monday, May 6th 2013 18:20
amazing!

Salima Damani

Monday, May 6th 2013 20:39
Peaceful......

maria

Monday, May 6th 2013 22:15
Love Belize Yoga, Jungle, infested river, mayan culture or not would die to be there now :)

Tadeusz Biernacki

Monday, May 6th 2013 23:48
This would be a blessing

Tadeusz Biernacki

Monday, May 6th 2013 23:49
Looks much better thatn Punta Cana

Anthony am

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 00:22
It sound like a relaxing and refreshing holiday, not only for body but for soul as well

Patricia Pundick

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 11:24
Perfect!!

John D. Armstrong

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 13:54
My wife Ellen and I visit Belize at least twice a year for three months at a time. We are absolutely taken with the country and it's peoples. We regularly stay in a condo along the coast of the Caribbean but often travel inland and have stayed near San Ignacio - a great little city! Your experiences sound wonderful and exemplify everything Belize is -
the hidden jewel of Central America. We only wish there were more direct flights to Belize City from Canada by Canadian carriers.

Lana

Monday, May 13th 2013 18:40
I visited Belize for the first time that far south this past February and it was fabulous!
My husband and I went with our friends and we first stayed 3 days inland at Blancaneau, did the canoe cave trip, hiked, swam in the nearby waterfalls.
The food was fresh and delicious (must try the basil and/or allspice mojito). People are so friendly.
We finished our last 4 days at Turtle Inn. We did the Monkey river tour, howler monkeys sound still haunts me (in a good way), and we snorkeled, which has become one of my favourite things to do (it was also my first time.) We saw huge turtles!
Placencia has a close walk where we could find some great little cheap places to eat, listen to music, watch the ocean and catch a soccer game.
Well, it gets me excited just to reminisce about it.

Debbie McGregor

Wednesday, September 11th 2013 18:07
I can picture myself there.
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