We are a pair of first-time travelers to Belize and was hoping to have a few questions answered for us. We'll be arriving to BZE on a Saturday at 12:30pm via Maui-Los Angeles-Atlanta [phew!]. We'll be staying at Midas Resort. Despite the recommendations on taking a public bus to San Ignacio, we will be hiring a shuttle service since our traveling time is so long and intense.
Assuming we will reach our hotel by 3:00, and only stop there to check-in and drop off our bags, will we still be able to make the Saturday Market? We mainly want to walk around, experience local life, and perhaps have a small snack.
After the Market, our plan is to catch a taxi and take a quick stroll at Cahal Pech Museum and ruins. What time does the site close? Can we tour the ruins in time before sunset?
Lastly, a visit to the Iguana Hatchery is planned directly after Cahal Pech. Are they open in the evenings?
I'm more than aware that this plan seems rushed, but we are two twenty-somethings who don't mind being on the go. In addition, we only have three full days in San Ignacio before transferring to Ambergris Caye, and will probably not be returning to Belize [although I'm guessing we will end up wanting to!]. Our other days will consist of ATM, Tikal, and perhaps horseback riding.
I'm already thinking that at this point, it might be more feasible if we cut out the Saturday Market altogether and stick to Cahal Pech/Iguana Hatchery, but would still appreciate any type of advice. Thank you so much in advance!