The Northern Gateway to
Belize - Corozal/Orange Walk to Sarteneja to San Pedro.
A popular way to travel to Belize
is to fly to Cancun. Travellers can then travel by bus through Chetamal, on the Mexican/Belizean
border, and then through the northern gateway to Belize.
There is a special bus service to
between Cancun Airport and Chetamal leaving at 10 PM, and regular busses during the day from
the Corozal bus terminal. Tourists may stop of
at various towns and Maya tourist destinations along the highway, and continue ther journey on a
Visiting Belize from Mexico the first large town you
pass through is Corozal. Once in Corozal you can travel by water taxi to Sarteneja and then to San Pedro on Ambergris Key.
Between Corozal and San
Pedro you can be dropped off by the water taxi and spend a few days in Sarteneja. A great way to
wind down, relax, and acclimate to the tropics. You will arrive fresh and relaxed if you visit San
Pedro on Ambergis Caye. You could then visit the nearby Caulker's Caye, then travel onto Belize
After arriving late from Mexico, visitors can stay in
Corozal a night, then get the water taxi at 7 am the next morning to be at Sarteneja by 7.30 am. Or
Sarteneja can be reached by car from Corozal, or bus from Orange Walk,
then the water taxi taken from Sarteneja to San Pedro.
You can return on the water taxi from San Pedro at
3pm, which passes Sarteneja about 4.30 pm, and arrives in Corozal at 5 pm.
Sartenaja, with a
population of 1600, is one of the safest communities in the Carribean. Sarteneja supports
12 different churches.
The fishermen of
Sarteneja work from yachts, that although based at Sarteneja, deliver their catch to a cooperative
at Belize City. The fishermen dive for conchs and lobster from canoes and have a very low
Sarteneja is the only mainland location
where the sunset can be viewed over water.
Sarteneja village was rebuilt after being destroyed by
a hurricane in 1955. The small limestone block houses built immediately after the hurricane are an
architectural feature of Sarteneja. As well there are traditional Maya and international style
Sarteneja is surrounded by Maya sites as Sarteneja was
a Mayan Port. Although not as
massive as some Maya architecture in the bigger cities, the sites around Sarteneja have a lot to
tell about everyday Maya culture in a busy trading port.
A feature of Sarteneja are the Maya wells somehow dug
through the flintlike limestone rock. Other Mayan sites include a plaza, and large lime earth
mounds scattered with pottery.
Sarteneja still has substantial forests among farmland
and is close to Shipstern Nature Reserve. Shipstern Nature Reserve has many beautiful walking
trails through the unique semi-deciduous rainforest, Semi-deciduous rainforest is only found in the
Sartenejan region and the Yutacan Penninsula, Mexico.