A year ago, Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a royal tour of the Caribbean to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, and Belize was one of the countries they visited. During their stay, the couple explored the natural beauty and rich culture of the country, staying at the luxurious San Ignacio Resort Hotel, and visiting some of the country’s most stunning destinations.
A Scenic Adventure: Climbing Caracol’s Highest Temple
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One of the most memorable moments of their trip was their visit to the ancient Maya City of Caracol, where they climbed to the top of the highest temple, Caana. The panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and the Chiquibul Forest Reserve were breathtaking, highlighting the beauty and majesty of the site. Their visit to Caracol also showcased how the country’s ancient Maya civilization has left a lasting impact on the region, with Belizeans still celebrating Maya traditions and festivals and having a deep connection to the land that sustains them.
The royal couple also visited the village of Maya Center in the Stann Creek District, where they learned about the process of making chocolate at Che ‘il Mayan Chocolate. Chocolate has been a part of the Maya culture for thousands of years, and this visit gave them an insight into one of the country’s oldest traditions.
In the coastal Garifuna community of Hopkins, the couple was treated to a cultural and food presentation and joined in a Garifuna dance with the locals.
The visit to the Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in San Ignacio also showcased the country’s beauty, culture, and warm hospitality, making it clear why Belize is such a popular destination for travelers from around the world.
Prince William and Kate’s visit to Belize highlighted the growing popularity of the country as a must-visit destination. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture, Belize offers something for every type of traveler. And with a reputation for being safe and welcoming, it’s the perfect destination for anyone looking for an adventure.
A Royal Hope: Returning to Belize with Family
The royal couple expressed their hope to return to Belize with their family in the future, sharing the beauty and richness of the country with their children, and continuing to build strong ties between the United Kingdom and Belize.
If you’re planning your own trip to Belize, make sure to add San Ignacio Town and other incredible destinations to your itinerary.
Explore the ancient Maya ruins of Caracol, learn about the country’s rich cultural heritage, and immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of the Belizean people.
With world-class resorts like the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, you’re sure to have a comfortable and luxurious stay while exploring all that Belize offers.