I am planning a trip with a friend (we're both in our early 30s) for the end of November. We have a week (arrive Friday at noon, depart the next Friday at 1pm). I think we're going to do go the Cayo area for a few days (maybe 4 nights). We're trying to figure out where to go for the second part of the trip - Ambergis/Caulker Caye (would pick one) or somewhere in the South (Placenia, Hopkins Village?). What do you recommend?
I don't scuba, but I do like snorkeling, sitting by the water, beaches, etc.. I also like ruins, adventure, rivers (cave tubing or waterfalls), and the jungle. But, we should get a lot of that in the Cayo area (but if there are good experiences elsewhere, I'm open to doubling up on these activities if it seems worth it). I like cultural experiences and small towns where you really get a sense of the country and the people. Has anyone ever stayed with a Mayan family?
I have been to Tikal, so we won't be going to it on this trip.
To give you an idea of budget, we won't be going for super luxury, but we're not going to be staying in hostels easier. So, somwhere in the middle, but we'd splurge if it was for a great experience.
So, where should we go for the second half of our trip (1st half is Cayo)?