Belize Adventure

Mayan Gateway

Belize is a country with great beaches, turquoise waters, pristine rainforests and waterfalls. A variety of activities both in the inland and at the shore can be offered and allow extraordinary experiences.

The country is known for its history in diversity and colonial architecture as well as many majestic Mayan temples; ruins can be found throughout the country. Many of the forests inhabit are rare species such as the howler monkeys. These rear species gives room for several wildlife adventures.

The large barrier reef, which is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, together with the small coral islands at the shoreline are a paradise for snorkeling and diving. Sailing tours are a perfect way to explore islands like the beautiful coral island of San Pedro.

Mayan City of Caracol

Caribbean Islands

Mountain Reservoirs

Mayan Villages

Highlights

The Mayan city of Caracol

Mountain Pine Ridge

Caves of ATM

St. ‘Herman’ Blue Hole National Park

Hopkins

South Water Caye

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival.

Upon your arrival to the international airport of Belize City a guide will be waiting for you to take you to your jungle lodge in San Ignacio.

Day 2. Caracol Ruins & Reservoir

Today you will have an excursion to the Mayan ruins of Caracol and the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park. We will drive between small villages and breathtaking landscapes. 

We will discover the greatest Maya city ever excavated in Belize… ‘Caracol’, a colossal site that has splendid temples. Caracol has exposed many of its treasures but much work is necessary to bring to light all of its mysteries.

The greatest pyramid at Caracol is known as “Caana”. This monumental temple rises over 140 feet above the forest and is the tallest man-made construction in the country. Climb to the top of the temple of Caana for a magnificent view of the neighboring jungle reservoir and Guatemala. This Mayan city is one of the most beloved sites in Central America, rich with mystique and history, rivaling Tikal in Guatemala which is considered one of most remarkable ancient marvels of the world.

Experience the Caracol Mayan ruins during this expedition. Together with the tallest temple of the site, see a ceremonial altar, courtyards, residences areas, plazas, the central acropolis, two ball courts, the astronomical observatory and more.  

Later we will explore the Mountain Pine Ridge, which is the oldest of Belize’s natural parks and encompasses a spectacular range of rolling hills, peaks, and gorges formed from some of the oldest rocks in Central America. Journey through mountains and pine forest, across the rivers and into dense jungle. The finest highlights in the Mountain Pine Ridge area are Rio on Pools, Big Rock Waterfalls, and Rio Frio Cave.

At the end of the day, your driver will take you back to your jungle lodge. 

Day 3. ATM Cave.

Today you will have an adventure tour to the ATM Cave. First, you will drive to the cave and after a 45 minute walk you will arrive at the entrance of the cave, where you first have to swim to get to the dry part. Here you will see several Mayan treasures and bones of people who were once sacrificed by the Mayans. 

Caves were once seen as part of the underworld.you will see several Mayan treasures and bones of people who were once sacrificed by the Mayans. To please the gods, people were being sacrificed. After this spectacular tour, you can relax at your jungle lodge and explore the beautiful surroundings.

Day 4. Blue Hole National Park.

After breakfast you will head for Hopkins, a ‘Garifuna’ village on the coast of Belize where you can relax at the beautiful white sand beaches.  Before reaching Hopkins, however, you will first stop at Blue Hole National Park and Magnetic Hill.

Blue Hole National Park has more than 200 species of birds and several beautiful hiking trails. You can walk in the cave of the park where there is beautiful Mayan art.  After visiting the cave take a refreshing dip in the Blue Hole which is formed by the collapse of an underground river channel.  

Magnetic Hill is named for a large iron magnet in the road strong enough to roll cars up-hill.  Once in Hopkins you will receive a tour through the village by a local ‘Garifuna’ guide complete with a drum demonstration.

Day 5. South Water Caye.

Today you will have a snorkeling tour of the island South Water Caye. This island is part of the barrier reef in the Caribbean, which is the largest reef in the northern hemisphere.  

South Water Caye Marine Reserve is the biggest Marine Reserve in Belize, and it is acclaimed for good off-the-beaten-reef snorkeling. Snorkelers and divers will find more intact corals and reefs here. Look for over 350 species of fish in the clear blue waters. This reservoir is home to countless large southern stingrays and spotted eagle rays.  

The reserve sits on the barrier reef for approximately a 7-mile stretch. Its wall dives are among the best in Belize. There are so many sites in this extensive aquatic reservoir that it surely needs more than one excursion to understand its extension.

You will depart by boat and head towards the Cayes. Forward lays the fascinating Coral Barrier Reef, the largest unbroken barrier reef system in the world. Discover a magical and exquisite underworld, complex and colorful; wild and peaceful. 

We first explore a couple of snorkeling sites, offering you fair time to discover this gigantic coral reef. Additionally, we will visit South water Caye for a snack and a break. At the end of the day we will return by boat, and you will have free time to self-discover. 

Day 6. Ambergris Caye.

Today you will take a domestic flight to Ambergris Caye.

Day 7 – 9. Self-discovery.

You will have 3 full days to self-discover San Pedro Island. We offer excellent golf cart rentals for an additional price. Would you like to learn how to dive? You have three full days to get PADI certified, and take a course. Or would you like to continue snorkeling? rent snorkeling gear and explore. Belize offers a great variety of reef types and amazing diving and snorkeling experiences.

The Barrier Reef is the longest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the second longest worldwide! A wide variety of flora, fauna and fish can be discovered when exploring the impressive underwater world of Belize.

Hard corals, gorgonians, sea fans, tunicates and shellfish of amazing variety populate Belize coastal waters. 

Turneffe Atoll Reef. This Atoll Reef is the biggest of Belize three major offshore atoll reefs that make up part of the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere. Here you will find a variety of smaller reefs, wrecks, and one of the most diverse areas for marine wildlife.

Turneffe Atoll has over 200 cayes within the reef, which are covered with mangroves. These have created land, lagoons, creeks and expansive flats. When you want to discover large fish like barracudas, mackerels and sharks visit the Atoll southern end.  

Turneffe Atoll offers spectacular diving for every level. The marine life at Turneffe Atoll Reef makes the Scuba Diving an adventure like no other dive destination within the Caribbean. 

Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the farthest offshore out of the three atoll reefs of Belize and has six Cayes. The most impressive part of Lighthouse Reef Atoll is Great Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, which has been added to the World Heritage Site list of UNESCO

It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth and is considered to be a world-first destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.  At over 300 meters wide with a depth of 124 meters, the clear waters of Great Blue Hole allow you to see countless species of marine life and stunning coral formations. 

Glovers Reef Atoll. Glover Reef Atoll is Belize most remote atoll.  Here the crowds are fewer and the biology more diverse, especially coral growths.  This Reef Atoll sits on top of underwater ridges close enough to the surface to form excellent coral formations and huge sponges.

Be amazed by the clarity of its surrounding waters and the abundance and diversity of fish. You can see king mackerel, eagle rays, bonefish, tarpon, groupers and many more. Also, in the months of April to June, you might even see a whale shark.

Day 10. Return home.

Today marks the final day of this fantastic Belize adventure, but it doesn’t have to end just yet. Perhaps you would like to take a tour to Guatemala or to continue north to Mexico.  Contact one of our knowledgeable agents to begin customizing your tour package today.

Expenses included

10 days & 9 nights

$2,400* per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

Domestic flights Dangriga – Belize City

Domestic flights Belize – Ambergris Caye round trip

 9 nights hotel accommodation: Jungle Lodges & small boutique hotels

 Tours listed in the itinerary

Local certified onsite guides

 All park entrance fees

Lunches for the tours

Taxes

Price varies by group size

Not included: international flights, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated

Extensions
Jungle Horseback Riding

This route ride is exactly laid out for beginner to intermediate riders and the jungle trail with just the correct amount of challenge. The riding excursion takes you through ever changing landscapes, from crushed pine ridge covered in grandiose ferns to the lush forest and its impressive cohune trees. The trail will deviate to the ‘Sittee’ River where you are able to savor a cool swim or just hike along the river bank and skip stones. Price from $150

Cockscomb Basin Reservoir

Enter on a saturate and wild jungle experience amidst the verdant natural playground of this wild preserve of Belize. Trek through a preserved rainforest environment that is home to jaguars, other large cats, and colorful birds, fruitful your exercise with a relaxing ride down a jungle river in an inner tube. A swim in a mysterious waterfall pool caps off this trek through immaculate Belizean wilderness. Price from $170

Private Catamaran

Discover the focal points of the coral barrier reef on a catamaran excursion. Snorkel at Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan. Hol Chan has the biggest assortment of species to be seen in the area and is often set side by side to an aquarium, while at Shark Ray Alley you get to participate in a close appointment with nurse-sharks and stingrays. Watch from the boat or go swimming with them.

Bunches of Banana

Join the original banana farm excursion of Belize. Go bananas at this farm excursion, a ranch giving understanding into the plantation process of this appetizing fruit. An introduction video at the beginning of the excursion shows how bananas are prepared, clarifying the circuit they take from the planting to the local markets. Come after experienced guides through the fields to explore a production chain and look how bananas are collected and transported. A truly authentic experience in Belize. Duration: 2 hours. Price per guest from: $80

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