Ancient Mayans & Barrier Reefs
From £1200 pp excl flights
11 Days
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This trip combines two true wonders of Latin America, if not the world. Head into the pristine jungle as you are taken back in time through gateway to the Ancient Mayan world. Surrounded by forests filled with wildlife you will find ancient caves and soaring temples waiting to tell you stories of the ancestors that lived here when the Mayan Kingdom was the centre of civilization. Then come back to the present day as you explore the worlds second largest barrier reef in Belize. This is a place where an underwater world full of colourful coral, friendly sharks inquisitive turtles meet white sandy beaches and the ridiculously laid back Kriol culture.

Day to Day Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

11 Days: San Ignacio - Caving - Tikal - Yaxha - Caye Caulker - Hol Chan Marine Reserve 

Activities: Sightseeing and history, ancient mayan ruins, horseback riding, snorkelling, beach time

Day 1:Welcome to Belize. There is no hanging about as you head straight into the rainforest for your first night.(B)

Day 2: Actun Tunichil Muknal, The “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher” is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize. You you will explore the cave system by way of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 metre cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Here you will be able to travel into the Mayan past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context.(B/L)

Day 3: Welcome to Hanna Stables, a family-owned horseback riding establishment where you you choose your horse and ride to the Xunantunich Mayan Site. You will cross crystal clear rivers and ride through hidden forest trails until you reach Xunantunich and have the chance to explore this Mayan site to your hearts content.(B/L)

Day 4: Today is your introduction to the amazing Ancient Mayan sites that cover this area. Head off for Yaxha National Park where you will walk through ancient Maya causeways (Sac be, in Maya Language) under a dense rain forest canopy that is home to fantastic flora and fauna including lots of Monkeys. You will b able to climb some temples that offer wonderful views of the surrounding jungle and conclude the day in the highest part of temple 216, the highest structure in the place, where you will enjoy a truly unforgettable sunset.  (B)

Day 5: Experience the wonders of Tikal. This is a magical archaeological site located inside the Mayan biosphere, and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Destination in 1979. Here you will find a place where nature and archaeology live side by side. You will see abundant wildlife and the Mayan forest surrounding every corner of Tikal and its temples, silent witnesses of the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations on the planet. (B)

Day 6: From the dense green jungle to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. It is time to head out of the Ancient Mayan world and on to a new adventure as you cross Belize by land and then over the blue water to the laid back, tiny island of Caye Caulker. (B)

Day 7-9: These days are free for you to relax and enjoy this slice of paradise, where the only problems you are going to face is the decision on what to do. Choose to simply relax, head off for more snorkeling and diving or visit near by islands to get a better feel of life on the barrier reef. (B) 

Day 10: An amazing underwater day awaits as you visit 2 great snorkelling sites: Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Ray Alley. Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mayan for “little channel”, is a stunning groove through the beautiful coral reef. It is protected as a marine sanctuary and plays host to a dazzling array of tropical fish. Shark Ray Alley is an area where fishermen used to empty their nets into the sea, attracting large families of Nursing sharks. Once fishing stopped in the area, tourism came to the rescue and now you can swim up close and personal with friendly nurse sharks and stingrays. (B/L)

Day 11:It's time to say goodbye to paradise as you make your way back to Belize City in time for your return flight home. (B) 

Prices from: £1200 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

Best Time To Travel

Best time to visit: December - April
Dec – Apr sunny and dry but cooler than the Summer. Jun – Aug rain showers, hot and humid. Sep & Oct heavier rain, hot and humid.
Nov & May are a mix and great for avoiding crowds

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