I can’t wait until March 2012! I will be leading a small group to two of my favourite countries- Guatemala and Belize. There are so many places down there I am looking forward to revisiting, starting out with Antigua in the heart of Guatemala. There is plenty to see in what has been said to be the most well-preserved colonial city in Central America, which lies in the shadow of three impressive volcanoes. Heading out into the villages and hills we get to participate in a homestay on Lake Atilan, which is definitely one of the most incredible ways to experience a destination. We actually get to dine and sleep in someone’s home; how much more authentic does it get? I’m really excited for that part! I will also be anxious to hit up Tikal for many reasons, but mainly because on a recent twilight trip to these massive Mayan ruins, a fellow traveller was lucky enough to spot a jaguar roaming around!
I also happen to be a dive enthusiast, and as a PADI-certified instructor and underwater photographer, for me nothing can top our last stop in Belize. The super-relaxed village of Caye Caulker is the perfect place to check out the reef. During my last trip to the Blue Hole, I saw tons of sharks (friendly ones!) and underwater formations that I have never seen diving anywhere else on the planet…and I’ve dived a lot of places! The dive and snorkel sites alone make Belize a top destination in my books.
If this winter is anything like last year, I will be very ready for a serious getaway come March. I can already feel the warm Caribbean breeze while relaxing to a bit of music after a busy day of hiking, snorkelling, or diving. We’ll be taking private transport and staying in comfort level hotels, so the only thing left to worry about is which traditional Mayan meal to select for dinner, and I’ll happily provide my recommendations on the best dishes.