Caye Caulker –
We pack our bags and get 2 Cinnamon Rolls from Starbucks. With lemonfrosting. Yum! I eat the first one on the jetty. Goodbye Caye Caulker. The crossing is fairly quiet, except for a 2-year-old who is testing the patience of his mother. Slapping Mama? Oh boy -_-.
Belize City –
The harbor looks pretty nice… I really don’t get why people think Belize City is ugly. My BZD-change gets invested in chewing gum. As we wait for the bus, we meet Ben again, who also wants to go to Flores, but then on to Nicaragua. We are a group of about 10 people. Sure, i complained about the mosquitoes on Caye Caulker, yet among the waiting people is a girl has so many stitches on her legs that they seem like freckles … Outch.
Next stop: Guatemala.
Border to Guatemala –
Wir exchange our remaining Belizian Dollar (BZD) to in Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ) and keep each 37,50 BZD (18.77 USD) for our exit. The driver on the bus had already told us before departure to be sure to get the entry stamp in Guatemala. I know why: The officials in the entry are quite fast. Verena’s customs form was almost forgotten, and mine was just thrown on a big stack. And quite a lot of people just run by the Immigration Office and go for the bus. For a “nonstop bus” we kinda make a lot of breaks and pick up people or stop for snacks for the road. Fine for me – pee breaks.
We switch the large bus to 2 small ones, as the bus wouldn’t fit through the narrow streets of Flores. As precaution we withdraw some Quetzal there, since it often happens that the ATMs on the island aren’t working. We get a lot of information by the super friendly transfer employee which joins us. We reserve a trip to Tikal and back 150 GTQ (20.63 USD) per person on the following day and a transfer to Palenque (Mexico) 300 GTQ (41.25 USD) per person by the same company. Contrary to the information that we had, that you have to take a mix of boat/bus/taxi rides to Mexico, you can get there simply by a mini bus, since there is now a new border crossing.
The “Hotel Villa del Lago” lies just 10m from the drop-off station. Although we have the money for our stay not completely at hand, we can check in. Great view of the lake. We throw our stuff into the room and walk to a supermarket with an ATM. With 2x 375 GTQ (51.56 USD) for the room plus a few more GTQ-bills for meals the next day we return to the hotel (I also buy some Irish Cream Coffee. Yummy.). After a short break we visit the next door restaurant. Enchiladas as appetizer, fajitas de pollo for me and something potato-kohlrabi-like ( ? ) * for Verena (all together about 250 GTQ (34.38 USD)). Super delicious food, very friendly service and a great view at the lake. Afterwards, we buy some snacks for tomorrow. Off to bed. We have to be ready for our Tikal-tour at 3pm…