Enjoy an unforgettable vacation exploring the fascinating Mayan heritage of Belize, its exuberant nature, and paradisiacal beaches. This exotic Central American country is home to the second-largest Pre-Classic Maya structure and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Enjoy the beauty of the beaches in the Caribbean Sea and their exuberant biodiversity. During this exciting trip through Belize, you will discover the beauty of its rivers, the exuberant biodiversity of its Parks and Nature Reserves.
Experience up-close the unique and interesting Garifuna Culture, its history, music, art, and its exquisite cuisine of African roots. To close your experience with a flourish, enjoy relaxing on the paradisiacal white sand beaches and turquoise waters of its islands and keys.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins
Hol Chan National Park
Cockscomb Basin Reserve
Lamanai Mayan ruins, Hopkins Coastal Village, Cockscomb Basin Reserve, Monkey River Village, Hol Chan Channel, Shark and Ray Alley, and more.
Day 1. Arrival
Your private driver will meet you at Belize airport once your flight arrives and will drive you to your accommodation in the beautiful Orange Walk District.
Day 2. Lamanai Boat Expedition
To start the adventure, you will embark on a scenic and serene boat ride up the New River Lagoon. The boat transfer to the site is an unmissable opportunity to gaze at the vivacious wildlife of its pristine rainforest. A plethora of birds, turtles, howler monkeys, and crocodiles by the river edge make this boat ride a true delight. Located within a lush virgin jungle teeming with biological diversity, Lamanai is certainly the most enigmatic and interesting archaeological Mayan site in Belize.
Once we arrive at the ceremonial Maya site, an expert will guide you through the history of the site and its over 700 structures, some of which remain buried underground. Explore its visitor center and museum and discover the largest carved mask in the Mayan world representing an Olmec male. Lamanai will certainly provide you with an unforgettable experience of the Mayan culture and history.
Day 3. Self-discovery
Today you will have a free day to rest and enjoy the place or decide on a jungle adventure. Surrounded by lush biodiversity that makes nature-based activities great, you can easily find one of your preferences. From birding expeditions to jungle walks, this place offers a bounty of thrilling activities to choose from.
Day 4. Hopkins
After breakfast, we will leave the Orange Walk District and head to Hopkins, a beautiful and friendly coastal village located in eastern Belize by the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
Day 5. Cockscomb Basin Reserve
A short ride will take us to the first and only Jaguar preserve in the world, this vast land of lush tropical rainforest that covers a region of about 150 square miles. Your guide will lead you on a hike through the jungle trails to enjoy the flora and fauna that the sanctuary has.
Take a fun and scenic tube ride floating through a beautiful lazy river for a unique view of the jungle wildlife. The reserve is home to beautiful waterfalls where you can swim, untouched Mayan ruins, and the five largest cats in Belize: jaguar, ocelot, puma, margay, and jaguarundi. Enjoy its extensive biodiversity that includes countless species found only in the tropical forest such as black howler monkeys, peccary, snakes, coatimundi, and over 300 bird species like parrots and toucans.
Day 6. Monkey River Tour
Located in the southern part of Belize, we will find the quiet and rustic village of Monkey River. This charming settlement looks like it was frozen in time. We will enjoy today a fascinating tour through the sub-tropical forest that lies along the river bank. During this boat ride, we will be able to enjoy the exuberant flora and fauna of the place. Explore the beautiful mangroves channels, do not miss the opportunity to spot crocodiles and even probably manatees.
Observe iguanas as they dive into the waters, and countless birds such as herons, tanager, toucans, and many more. We will stop for a short hike through the jungle where you will be able to look at wildlife life, troops of howler monkeys race through the trees, snakes, tarantulas, and likely even spot a Tapir or even a Jaguar. A final stop will take us to the village to taste local and international dishes.
Day 7. Ambergris Caye
After breakfast, a driver will take you to the water taxi station in Belize City, one will take you to the paradisiacal Ambergris Caye, locally known as San Pedro Island where you will be driven to your accommodation to settle into the Belizean laydown spirit.
Day 8. Snorkeling excursion
One of the greatest attractions here is the Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world. Today you will embark on a tour that will take you snorkeling to the delightful Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the most popular snorkeling destination in Belize. The beautiful Hol Chan Channel, 30 feet deep, has plenty of sea life since fishing is not allowed in the reserve. Look for angelfish, schoolmaster snappers, blue-striped grunts, and hundreds of others. The Shark and Ray Alley is a not-to-be-missed spot.
Locally known as the shark and stingray city of Belize, this spot will give you the prime opportunity to snorkel and swim with harmless southern stingrays and nurse sharks. Let yourself be dazzled by the wonderful underwater world, see hundreds of fish species, corals, sponges, turtles, nurse sharks, and eagle rays, all being part of one of the most diverse underwater ecosystems.
Day 9 – 10. Self-discovery
Take advantage of these couple days off to rest, relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Ambergris Caye. This popular island has plenty of daytime activities, restaurants, and thrilling adventures to choose from. You can decide to explore the island by bicycle or golf cart, taste the delicious local cuisine, take a tour to the famous Great Blue Hole, arrange to take a PADI scuba diver course, rent a catamaran or just relax in the beautiful white sandy beaches and enjoy the unparalleled turquoise water of the Caribbean sea.
Day 11. Return home
You will say goodbye to Ambergris Caye, and take a domestic flight to the international airport of Belize City. You need to schedule your international flight to depart at 12:30 pm or later. Although if you are not yet ready to say goodbye to Belize, you can contact us and we will gladly advise you to extend your trip.
11 days & 10 nights
$1,600 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
10 nights accommodation in jungle lodges and small boutique hotels
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
Price varies by group size
Not included: international flights, travel insurance and other expenses than indicated