For those who want to explore two of Central Amercia's greatest wonders, the Ancient Mayan world and Belize's Barrier reef, second in size only to the Australias Great Barrier Reef. Explore incredible cave systems used by the Ancient Mayans before experiencing the Mayan world through three different sites, all offering something unique and spectacular. Then head over into the blue world of the barrier reef. Snorkel with sharks and turtles and simply relax and unwind in island life. Although this trip is best in December to April it can happily be enjoyed all year round.
Day 1: Welcome to Belize, where you will be met on arrival into Belize International Airport and driven into the rainforest for your first night.
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.
Upon arrival you will be outfitted in the necessary equipment for the caving adventure. Spend 3 hours climbing and caving in this sprawling cave system, where you will explore 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 which over 45 horses call home. You will meet your local Belizean guide for the day before strapping up and mounting your steed! The ride to Xunantunich Mayan Site includes a well-maintained trail through a large private farm and along the banks of the Mopan River in the village of San Jose Succotz. You will cross the river on an ancient hand-operated ferry and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive, prepare to dismount and let your horse rest while you explore Xunantunich by foot for as long as you desire.(B/L)
Day 4: Today is your introduction to the amazing Ancient Mayan sites that cover this northern area. You will head off for Yaxha National Park where youwill walk through ancient Maya causeways (Sac be, in Maya Language) under an exuberant tropical rain forest that inhabits fantastic flora and fauna.
You will climb some temples that offer wonderful views and conclude the day in the highest part of temple 216, the highest structure in the place, where we will enjoy an unforgettable sunset. (B)
Day 5: An early start as you are met at the hotel by your guide for one of the highlights of this trip, Tikal National Park. Here you will enjoy a guided tour taking you through the most important city in the Mayan world, a mixture of nature and archaeology.
Abundant wildlife and forests, millennial temples that are silent witnesses of the birth and splendour - as well as the collapse - of one of the most important civilisations in the planet, all this is to be found in your visit to Tikal, The City of the Voices. A BBQ lunch will be served in a restaurant located inside the park
Day 6: Today is a transfer day. You will take a minibus to the border and on to Belize City. From there you will take a stunning ferry ride across the crystal clear blue waters to the laid back island of Caye Caulker.(B)
Day 7: An amazing underwater day awaits as you visit 3 great snorkelling sites: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Coral Gardens 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. Coral Gardens is an area of beautiful coral and colourful tropical fish. Here it is possible to snorkel with turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks and more. (B/L)
Day 8-10: These days are free for you to relax and enjoy this amazing area. We can organise further snorkel trips or other tours, or simply relax for a few days.
Day 11: It's time to say goodbye to paradise as you take a shared water taxi back to Belize City to meet your transfer to the airport, in time for your return flight home.
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