Tropical wilderness , wildlife, hidden caves, ancient ruins, wonderful lodges, cultural immersion and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Is there anything else you could possibly need add to make the perfect trip? Considering the experiences on offer it is truly astonishing how little mainland Belize has been explored and this two week trip will take you through the country, visiting all the areas that make this country so very special.
Day 1: Welcome to Belize. After a restful night in the USA you will arrive into Belize where you will be met and whiskedoff to start you adventure. You will be driven to the bridge at Orange Walk, where you will meet the boat driver who will take you to the stunning Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Lamanai Outpost Lodge is situated on the banks of a 28 mile long spring fed lagoon amid the remnants of a major Maya city. It is surrounded by an incredible variety of habitats that facilitate unsurpassed nature-based and soft-adventure activities that depart right from your cabaña’s doorstep without the need for day-trips. The nearest full-service lodge or hotel is over 70 miles away (B,D)
Day 2 & 3: Lamanai lodge offers a choice of activities during your stay that allow you to explore the natural and cultural surroundings of this special place. You can do 2 activities for every night you stay at the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 4: You will leave Lamanai after breakfast for your trip back to Orange Walk. You will then conitinue on to San Ignacio and your Caracol Archaeological tour, Caracol is the largest archeological site in Belize, covering 30 square miles wide, high canopy jungle, and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings that have been identified. The loftiest among them, a massive pyramid (Caana) capped by three temples and rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor. (B,L)
Day 5: 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.During 3 hours climbing and caving activities will be essence you will enjoy.You will be amazed by this sprawling cave system, where you will explore a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter 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. Later on you will drive through the jungle to the trial head of your 45 minutes Jungle Trek. You will hike trough the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and wade across three streams, learning about the plants and animals of the Jungle. (B,L)(B/L)
Day 6: Time to continue your journey as you head south to the a small town on the Caribbean Coast, Hopkins. You will have the afternoon to relax and dip your feet in the warm waters of the Caribbean. (B,L,D)
Day 7: You will have the morning to relax and enjoy your some relaxing time on the beach or by the pool, either way your instructions are to relax.In the afternoon you will take a short drive to the local Garifuna. The experience starts with dressing in traditional Garifuna outfits which really gets you in the mood to work and learn. The owner, Uwahnie Martinez, of Palmento Grove brings you to her gallery of Garifuna artifacts where she gives you an overview of the history and culture of the Garinagu. After the gallery tour, you get to pull a young coconut from the tree and enjoy delicious, fresh coconut water! And the experience continues with husking a dry coconut, using a grater to prepare the coconut for the lunch or dinner you will be preparing and eating – hudut! Throughout the cooking experience, Ms. Uwahnie, instructs you as well as continues to provide stories and information about the Garifuna people. Once the meal isf finished, you get to eat in traditional plates with natural juice. After, the drumming lessons begin! Taught by a local musician of over 30 years, you will learn three Garifuna rhythms. After all of this you will head back to the hotel for a well deserved sleep! (B/D)
Day 8:Your journey continues south as you are driven to the Toledo district and to the incredibly peaceful lodge at bug falls. Once you reach the lodge you can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, exploring the forest trails or jump in a tube and float down the incredibly beautiful river on the property. (B)
Day 9: Birding! Spend a day with the local birding expert Steven Choco, a vastly experienced, knowledgeable and skilled birding guide. There are varied habitats to explore from high forest and swamp lands to savannah grasslands and coastal forest and mangroves.(B)
Day 10:Your 1st stop this morning is the Ixcacao Choclate farm where you will learn all about the Maya chocolate-making process at Juan and Abelina's beautiful cacao farm and chocolate factory. There's a variety of tour options, including farm tours, factory tours and traditional Maya lunch. Juan will walk you through the traditional chocolate-making process – from harvest and fermentation to drying and roasting, to deshalling and grinding, tasting as you go.After your delicious lunch you will head back to the lodge via the living Maya Experince.The Living Maya Experiencein Big Falls consists of two interactive cultural home visits that offer guests a fascinating glimpse into a fast disappearing world in which the local Kek’chi Maya depended upon the forest and found everything in it to satisfy their needs from food to furniture to medicine.The Cal family showcase a Mayan home as it would have been fifty years ago and guests help prepare and share a vegetarian meal with the family (B/L/D)
Day 13: Explore the marine life of the Belize Barrier Reef on this 6-hour boat tour to the turquoise waters of the tiny islands of the Silk Cayes. Snorkel among the fish, harmless rays, and nurse sharks before enjoying a traditional Belizean lunch on the beach. Then, head to Turtle Alley to swim with its shelled namesakes before a relaxing boat ride back to your departure point. After you land at the southernmost of the three tiny islands, your guide will brief you on the area and you'll get suited up in your snorkeling mask and fins. Explore the colorful coral and fish surrounding the cayes on a snorkeling dive that's well-suited for beginners. Fuel up with a traditional Belizean lunch served on the beach, and enjoy a stroll along the sand before your boat heads to Turtle Alley. In the afternoon, snorkel along the barrier reef in this popular gathering place for sea turtles. Watch the rays and harmless nurse sharks feeding on scraps left over by traditional fisherman cleaning their daily catch before your return trip to Placencia. (B,L)
Day 14: Sadly today it's time to say goodbye to Belize as you take an internal flight to Belize City to meet your return flight home. (B)
Prices from: £1995 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