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Route: Chetumal to San Ignacio (Belize)
Date: January 15-20, 2001
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- At the border crossing into Belize near Chetumal.

See our book Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about border crossing formalities and insurance.

000.3 Miles (000.5 Km) -- Mile marker 92. This is the distance to Belize City.

003.3 Miles (005.3 Km) -- Road comes to a Y and an unmarked dirt highway goes right, we continue on the paved highway.

007.1 Miles (011.4 Km) -- Entering Corozal Town. See Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about campgrounds in the Corozal area.

007.7 Miles (012.4 Km) -- Road comes to a T. We go left. Road becomes a divided boulevard.

008.6 Miles (013.9 Km) -- Texaco service station on the right.

008.7 Miles (014.0 Km) -- Highway reaches the ocean and doglegs right to follow the coastline. No longer a divided boulevard.

008.9 Miles (014.4 Km)
-- Highway leaves Corozal Town.

009.0 Miles (014.5 Km) -- Highway turns inland from the coastline.

009.2 Miles (014.8 Km)
-- Mile marker 83.

012.2 Miles (019.7 Km)
-- Highway pass through community of San Juaquin.

015.0 Miles (024.2 Km) -- Road splits. Apparent main road goes straight, paved road goes right. We go right. (After following the wrong road for a while and then returning).

015.2 Miles (024.5 Km)
-- Mile marker 77.

015.4 Miles (024.8 Km) -- Pass through the very spread-out community of Concepcion. We are in sugar cane country, there are many cane trucks on the road..

020.0 Miles (032.3 Km) -- Pass through community of Santa Clara.

024.5 Miles (039.5 Km) -- Pass through the community of Buena Vista.

027.6 Miles (044.5 Km)
-- Entering the small town of San Pablo.

029.4 Miles (047.4 Km) -- Shell gas station on the left.

029.6 Miles (047.7 Km)
-- Texaco gas station on the right.

030.0 Miles (048.4 Km)
-- Leaving town of San Pablo.

036.2 Miles (058.4 Km)
-- Entering the city of Orange Walk. This city has sidewalks and some traffic congestion but is not difficult to pass through with a larger rig. See Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Orange Walk.

036.4 Miles (058.6 Km)
-- Esso station on the right.

038.2 Miles (061.6 Km)
-- Shell station on the right. It has gas and diesel.

039.5 Miles (063.7 Km) -- Road splits. Go left, right is not paved. Leaving the city. Esso station on the right with gas an diesel.

040.9 Miles (066.0 Km) -- Texaco station on the right with gas and diesel.

042.6 Miles (068.7 Km) -- Small toll bridge. Toll is 1 Belize dollar.

043.5 Miles (070.2 Km) -- Old highway goes left. We continue straight on new highway.

044.2 Miles (071.3 Km) -- Pass through community of Carmaleta.

061.7 Miles (099.5 Km) -- Cutoff right for the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

071.6 Miles (115.5 Km) -- Mile marker 21.

072.6 Miles (117.1 Km) -- Entering Sandhill Village, population 1,800. Not at all congested or crowded.

074.0 Miles (119.4 Km) -- Shell station on the left with gas and diesel.

076.6 Miles (123.5 Km) -- Texaco on left.

077.6 Miles (125.2 Km)
-- Leaving Sandhill Village.

079.2 Miles (127.7 Km) -- Turn right at road signed for Community Baboon Sanctuary. This is a bypass route connecting the Northern and Western Highways which lets you reach southern and western Belize without driving through Belize City. Driving a rig into Belize City is not recommended. Unfortunately the bypass route is poorly marked from the highway and was under construction when we took it. It is apparently being upgraded and will hopefully be in better condition and better marked by the time you take it. It was suitable for any rig when we took it, but had to be driven slowly because it was rough.

079.6 Miles (128.4 Km) -- Road becomes gravel, this is due to road work and will probably be paved soon.

082.4 Miles (132.8 Km) -- Single-lane bridge.

083.2 Miles (134.2 Km) -- Road becomes paved again.

083.6 Miles (134.8 Km) -- Road splits. To right is Community Baboon Sanctuary. We go left.

083.7 Miles (135.0 Km) -- Small Texaco on left with gas and diesel. See construction on the left which is apparently the new road, will bypass some of the road we have just driven.

088.9 Miles (143.4 Km) -- Mile marker 3.

091.7 Miles (147.9 Km) -- Road comes to a T. We have reached the main Eastern Highway. We turn right. We are in the town of Hattieville.

092.8 Miles (149.7 Km) -- Leaving Hattieville.

093.7 Miles (151.1 Km) -- Mile marker 17.

105.8 Miles (170.6 Km)
-- Belize Zoo on right.

106.5 Miles (171.8 Km)
-- Cutoff to the left to Placencia. This is the Coastal Road, one of two roads south to Placencia and points farther south. It is unpaved. We continue straight toward San Ignacio and the Guatemala border.

108.8 Miles (175.4 Km)
-- Mile marker 32.

124.6 Miles (201.0 Km) -- Intersection. Belmopan to left, San Ignacio straight. Left is also to Placencia and southern Belize, a paved route this time. We go straight.

124.7 Miles (201.1 Km) -- Entering town of Roaring Creek, population 2,400. Single-lane bridge.

124.8 Miles (201.3 Km)
-- Shell station on the left, it has gas and diesel.

125.0 Miles (201.6 Km)
-- Texaco station on the left, had gas and diesel.

125.9 Miles (203.1 Km) -- Leaving Roaring Creek.

133.0 Miles (214.5 Km) -- Entering the community of Unitedville.

136.3 Miles (219.8 Km) -- Shell station on the right, it has gas and diesel.

136.4 Miles (219.9 Km)
-- Mile marker 59.

139.3 Miles (224.7 Km) -- Entering Georgeville Village

139.5 Miles (225.0 Km)
-- Barton Creek, Pine Ridge, and Caracol archeological site cutoff to the left.

139.9 Miles (225.6 Km)
-- Leaving Georgeville Village.

141.2 Miles (227.7 Km) -- Cutoff right for Spanish Lookout.

144.8 Miles (233.5 Km) -- Cutoff right for Aguada.

145.3 Miles (234.4 Km)
-- Entering Santa Elena.

145.4 Miles (234.5 Km)
-- Esso station on right with gas and diesel.

145.5 Miles (234.7 Km) -- Cutoff left to Barton Creek.

145.6 Miles (234.8 Km)
-- Road splits, go right. Following sign to San Ignacio. This is a new route due to the addition of a new bridge crossing the river into San Ignacio. Formerly drivers took turns crossing a single-lane bridge.

145.7 Miles (235.0 Km)
-- Road comes to a T. Go left.

145.8 Miles (235.2 Km)
-- At first right go right, descend hill to new San Ignacio bridge.

See Travelerís Guide to Mexican Camping for information about San Ignacio.

 

 


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