Study Abroad Tips- Madeline Moison- Belize

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Top Places to Eat:                                                                                                                                        

  1. Jaguar Inn (Tikal): I got the greatest breakfast of my life here, two eggs on homemade toast in a tomato sauce with a literal pyramid of avocado slices on top.
  2. Hodes Place (San Ignacio): As a vegetarian I really appreciated the house made veggie burger.                                                                                                              
  3. Martha’s Kitchen (San Ignacio): Great place for a bit of pizza.

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  1. Tikal: I cannot stress going here. The whole experience is fun and well worth the extra effort it took to get there. I would recommend making a stop at the nearby island town of Flores which has a lot of cute shops and great views of the lake Petén Itzá.         
  2. Xunantunich: Beautiful archaeological site with spectacular views just over the boarder of Guatemala.                                                                                                          
  3. San Ignacio: Near several, developed archaeological sites this is a great city to spend a night or two in. If you get the chance, check out the local markets for some unique items.

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Top Stores/Shops to go to:                                                                                                              

  1. David Magonia’s Pottery shop: This traditional Mayan potter collects local clays to make his beautifully painted pots and plates. He also does intricate slate carvings. He has a shop in downtown San Ignacio and another location across from the Xunantunich bridge crossing on the Western Highway.

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  1. The busing system is relatively safe, reliable, and inexpensive (however it does not run as frequently on Sundays so plan accordingly).                                            
  2. You can take a water Taxi from Belize City to some of the islands of the coast.  
  3. If you plan on going to Guatemala for the weekend secure a driver on the other side of the boarder beforehand. There will be plenty of drivers there looking to give tourist a ride but you won’t get a good price.

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 Random things to know:                                                                                                                  

  1. Belize has the largest living coral reef in the world right off the coast. It is worth a look!                                                                                                                                        
  2. Bring more bug spray than you think you will need!