Our bucketlist2life comprehensive Orange Walk, Belize travel guide gives you all the information you need for backpacking Orange Walk town with public transport. From the highlight Lamanai to lesser known Mayan ruins like Nohmul, from the best food to local sightseeing - our travel blog has got you covered.
The Lamanai Mayan ruins will be a highlight on your Belize itinerary. Lamanai was once a major city of the Maya civilization. It is famous for its exceptionally long occupation spanning three millennia. Unlike most other Mayan cities, Lamanai was not abandoned at the end of the 10th century AD.
The archaeological site can best be reached by a wildlife-spotting boat tour. The tour takes you across the New River Lagoon. You’ll most likely see crocodiles, turtles, iguanas, monkeys, and many many birds.
Mennonites are common throughout Belize. They are originally of German descent and speak Plautdietsch, a Low German dialect. The Mennonites in Shipyard are quite traditional and conservative. You can recognize them by their clothing: The women wear bonnets and long dresses and the men wear denim overalls and hats. They are restrictive concerning the use of motors and electricity so that you see them riding around with a horse and carriage.
If you want to visit Shipyard, it’s best done with a tour. This way you will be more than a mere observer sticking out like a sore thumb. Organizing a tour takes a little preplanning as permission to visit should be asked first.
Orange Walk Town is the home of Cuello’s distillery. And the best? You can visit their grounds free of charge. Just contact them or walk into the town office (above the company liquor store) and ask for a visit to the factory.
Tip: There’s also a small Mayan ruin on their premises - make sure not to miss it!
You can walk or take a bike.
Orange Walk Town is one of the best places in Belize to sample the cheap and delicious street food. It’s famous for Mestizo dishes like Escabeche, Ceviche, and Salpicon. It’s also the only region in Belize where you can sample Pibil tacos, a traditional meal of the Mayas.
The food court is the best place in town to indulge in your cravings.
Great restaurant options are Camie's Fast Food Saloon and Nahil Mayab.
There are several points of interest which you shouldn’t miss:
Full disclosure: We have not tried any of these ourselves but wanted to include them for the sake comprehensiveness.
If you’re into wildlife spotting, you can go on several day trips from Orange Walk Town:
Casa Ricky's was one of our favourite accommodations of our half-year Central Americas trip. The owner Ricky is the most hospitable person ever. He can set you up with a local sim card, help you with your laundry, book tours for you, and gives you restaurant recommendations and directions. Additionally, his place is super cosy.
You should stay more than one day just to see Lamanai. Stay at least to days to enjoy the food and the lesser-known sights.
Orange Walk Town makes for a great first stop in Belize. As we write this blog post, no ADO buses or ferries are crossing from Mexico to Belize.
You can easily cross the border between Chetumal and Corozal though. Chicken buses run at least every hour between Corozal and Orange Walk Town. They take around an hour and should cost around 4$.
Chicken buses to and from Belize City run very frequently. The ride takes around 2 hours and should cost around 7$.
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