The Northern Gateway to
Belize - Corozal/Orange Walk to Sarteneja to San Pedro.
A popular way to travel to Belize
to save on airfare is to fly to Cancun. Travellers can then travel by bus from Cancun to
There is a dedicated ADO bus
service between Cancun Airport and Belize City leaving at 10 PM, and regular busses
during the day from the Corozal Bus
Terminal. With either bus service tourists may stop of at
various towns and Maya tourist destinations along the highway, and continue their journey on a
Visiting Belize from Mexico the first large town you
pass through is Corozal. 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.
Alternatively, Sarteneja can be reached by car from Corozal, or by bus from Orange Walk situated
one hour from Corozal toward Belize City.
An alternate bus route is
to catch the bus that leaves once a day from Corozal at 11 AM to Chinux, a village between Orange
Walk and Sarteneja, from where visitors can catch another bus through to Sarteneja - however
the wait between busses in about an hour.
You can return on the water taxi from San Pedro at 3
PM, which passes Sarteneja about 4.30 PM, and arrives in Corozal at 5 PM.
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
relax, experience Sarteneja, and acclimate to the tropics, then to travel to the island
destinations of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay or nearby Caulker's Cay. From the keys it is less
than one hours water travel to Belize City.
Sarteneja, with a
population of 1600, is one of the safest communities in the Caribbean and supports 12
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.
Sarteneja is the only mainland location
in Belize where the sunset can be viewed over water.
- pre-Maya History and Maya history and culture until the present.
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 Maya Port. Although not as massive as some
Maya architecture in other 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 dug through
the flint like limestone rock. Other Maya 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 about 10 km away. 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 Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.