San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Belize, are on opposite sides of a river and are connected by a narrow wooden bridge. San Igancio has a more developed downtown with tourist facilities:
While Santa Elena, on the south side of the river, is a little more rustic. The main route through Santa Elena is lined with small shacks (or sometimes, just tents or lean-tos) where a family makes their living by selling tacos or grilled chicken.
The Guatemalan villages en route to Tikal were even smaller. Our Tikal guide’s mother runs the restaurant behind the kid on the bike. We saw a lot of shacks selling fruit, tortillas, or these plastic bowls.