What To Expect
Discover the natural wonders and rich cultural history of Belize. This laid-back paradise is filled up to the brim with lush jungles, spectacular ruins, long sandy beaches and first-class underwater attractions. The good news is that on this trip you'll sample them all. From the buzz of Belize City, to the magic of the jungle-clad Tikal ruins, to the beach-side island paradise at Caye Caulker - discover the best of this beautiful land on an epic adventure to some of Central America's little-known gems.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 18:00 at Chateau Caribbean in Belize City. Your tour leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. After the group meeting there is the option of joining the group for dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Early in the morning your leader will take you on an orientation walk of Belize City.
Located where the Belize River meets the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is a bustling former capital city. History and culture abound, with many art galleries and museums to check out. The city is divided by the world's only remaining manual swing bridge. On the north side is the coastal and maritime museum, housed in the beautiful restored formed fire station. Also in the north is the Image Factory displaying contemporary Belizean artists and the National Handicraft Center. The oldest Anglican church in Central America, Belize's St John Cathedral was built in 1812 with bricks brought as ballast in European sailing ships. Opposite is Government House, a preserved colonial mansion, and out on the harbor entrance the Lighthouse monument stands sentinel.
Later on we travel by public transport to San Ignacio (approximately 4 hrs) where your leader will take you on a visit to the Cahal Pech ruins. Cahal Pech is the ruin of what was once a major Maya ceremonial center, standing tall on a hill overlooking San Ignacio.
You have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure by taking on one of the many optional (at your own expense) activities available.
One of those optional activities include a day trip to Xunantunich, an impressive Mayan ceremonial center with panoramic views of the countryside. The east side of one of the temples has a unique stucco frieze and the central plaza has three carved stelae. Getting to the site is half the fun: you'll need to take a hand-cranked ferry to cross the river.
It is also possible to take a day trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge area to visit waterfalls, warm swimming holes and a huge system of caves. The cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal is a living museum of Mayan relics. Wade through water until you reach the Mayan ceremonial site. Here you will find ceramic pots and crystallized skeletons, preserved by the natural processes of the cave for over 1,400 years.
For those who can't get enough jungle fun, there are also opportunities to go tubing or canoeing. And for those who would like some time to reflect on the beauty of nature, there is always the option to visit San Ignacio's butterfly garden.
In the late afternoon and at night, many little barbeque street stalls open and serve huge portions. Make sure you give it a try, sit down next to the road, chat with the locals and enjoy a juicy, tasty chicken leg.
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)
We travel by local bus (approximately 4 hours) to Tikal, our base for exploring Tikal National Park.
Towering above the jungle of the Tikal National Park, the five granite temples of Tikal are an awesome sight and one of the most magnificent Maya ruins. Hidden in the jungle growth is a maze of smaller structures just waiting to be explored. The energetic can climb to the top of the ruins for spectacular views over the canopy. You may even spot toucans, macaws and other colourful birds.
At night we will camp by this majestic Mayan site. We will set up tents for ourselves with sleeping mattresses. There are basic shared bathrooms and showers.
Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (1 night)
If you haven't had enough of Tikal, you will have the option to visit the site again in the morning of Day 5 (this will be at your own expense).
We continue travel by local bus to Belize City (approximately 6 hours depending on border crossing conditions) where we board a water taxi to Caye Caulker.
Caye Caulker is an easy-going island that has a distinctly Caribbean feel. Small and friendly with a sandy main road, the only thing to do here is relax or explore Belize's underwater worlds.
Relax on the beach or head out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to the magnificent Blue Hole and the world's second longest barrier reef. Snorkel, swim or dive among the colourful corals and see tropical fish, sharks and manta rays. There is also the opportunity to go manatee spotting. These huge peaceful creatures are often called sea cows and are curious to meet their visitors.
Caye Caulker is famous for its lobster; not the cheapest meal, but certainly delicious. Always make sure that you respect the season though, the lobsters can only be caught between June 15th and February 15th.
Day 7 is free for you to chill on the beach or go for an optional dive to the world's second largest barrier reef in the world.
Your trip finishes on Day 8 with a water taxi ride back to Belize City (approximately 45 minutes). You can depart any time after 12:00 noon as there are no other planned activities that day. Please ask your tour leader if you need any assistance arranging extra transport to the airport.
Accommodation: Hotel (3 nights)
Transport by boat, bus and minibus
Visit to Cahal Pech Ruins, Tikal Ruins and National Park
Walking tour of Belize City
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Meals and drinks
Participants must be at least 12 years old and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
Some changes may occur in itineraries due national holidays, inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications.
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