I'm a solo traveler planning a trip to Belize May 7-14, 2011. I like to plan my vacations so I know exactly what I'm doing on which day. My rough draft schedule currently looks like this:
Day 2: Tikal tour
Day 3: Xunantunich (preferably with horseback riding to/from the ruins)
Day 4: Ziplining and Cave Tubing
Day 5: ATM tour AND transfer to Ambergris Caye
Day 6: Morning snorkel and afternoon spa treatment
Day 7: Altun Ha and afternoon spa treatment
I don't plan to visit Belize again (I like traveling to at least one new location every year) and it's highly doubtful that I'll see other Mayan ruins in other countries. My friend's boyfriend is a native born Belizean who said that if I see Tikal, I'll basically see the same thing with Xunantunich and Altun Ha. I was hoping to get some opinions on whether that truly is the case or if each ruin brings a different experience. If you recommend cutting out one (or two) of the ruins, which one is a MUST-SEE and what other activities would you recommend in its place?