8 Day-Febraury 2019 departure
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$1,075 Based on Per person Twin/Double Share Room
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International airfares are not included in trip cost.
02-09 February, 2019
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Ready for an un-Belize-able adventure in Central America?
Discover the natural wonders and rich cultural history of Belize. This laidback paradise is packed full of lush jungle, spectacular ruins, long sandy beaches and first-class underwater attractions – and on this trip you’ll sample them all. From the buzz of Belize City, through the magic of the jungle-clad Tikal ruins and to the beachside island paradise of Caye Caulker, discover the best of Belize and Tikal on this epic adventure to some of Central America’s little-known gems.
|Start||Belize City, Belize||Physical rating||2 out of 5|
|Finish||Belize City, Belize||Ages||Min 15 years|
|Destination||Belize||Group size||12 people|
|Departing||02-09 February, 2019||Style||Original|
What about extra nights and transport to and from the airport?
We can arrange airport pick up and drop off as well as extra nights either side of your 8 day adventure. These are at an additional cost
Why we love this trip
Discover the creative energy of Belize City
Uncover the secrets of the San Ignacio ruins
Embark on a jungle adventure in San Ignacio
Experience the thrill of climbing the Tikal ruins
Laze on Caye Caulker’s sandy shores
Swim off the warm coast of Belize
Listen to howler monkeys bellow through the jungle
Hello! Welcome to Belize. Located where the Belize River meets the Caribbean Sea, this bustling former capital is full of history and culture. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group.
Belize City isn't the nicest place we visit in Central America but it is the best option available for the starting point of this tour. Like any big city in this region, Belize City has some issues with street crime and we advise visitors to take every precaution when you're outside the hotel. Don't take any valuables when you go out and keep your camera safe. At night, always try to go out in a group and stay on the main streets. The area around our hotel is the safest in the city and is often called the tourist village. You can walk to the nearby lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful sea views. If you have some extra time and want to explore the city further we recommend you take a taxi, even when travelling relatively short distances. You can organise for a taxi to pick you up at the hotel and wait for you at each stop. This might be a little more expensive but it's safer and you can make the most of your time in the city.
There are some interesting places to visit. Belize 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 former fire station. Also in the north is the Image Factory, displaying contemporary Belizean artists, and the National Handicraft Centre. The oldest Anglican church in Central America, St John Cathedral, was built in 1812 with bricks brought as ballast in European sailing ships. Opposite is Government House, a preserved colonial mansion.
Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America, which will make chatting with locals much easier. The Belizeans are known for their relaxed and easy going way of live. You will be amazed how many different cultures coexist harmoniously here.
- Hotel: Ramanda Princess or similar
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where your welcome meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Belize City isn't the nicest place we visit in Central America but it is the best option available for the starting point of this tour. Like any big city in this region, Belize City has some issues with street crime and we advise visitors to take every precaution when you're outside the hotel. Don't take any valuables when you go out and keep your camera safe. At night, always try to go out in a group and stay on the main streets.
Leave the hotel around 8 am to catch the 9 am local bus to San Ignacio (about 3 hours), a lush tropical region brimming with waterfalls, warm swimming holes and the intricate cave systems of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Upon arrival around 2:30 pm, take a trip to the impressive ruins of Cahal Pech, the oldest known Maya site in Belize. These ruins, which were once a major ceremonial centre, stand tall on a hill overlooking San Ignacio. Spend appoximately two hours here exploring at your own pace.
- Hotel: Midas Resort or similar
- San Ignacio - Cahal Pech Ruins (Entrance fee & Transport)
You have a free day to take on any of the many optional activities available. Perhaps take a day trip to Xunantunich, an impressive Maya ceremonial centre located with panoramic views over 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 as you'll need to take a hand-cranked ferry to cross the river.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 crystallised skeletons, preserved by the natural processes of the cave for over 1400 years. Other options to fill in your time in San Ignacio include a day trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge area to visit waterfalls and warm swimming holes, as well as a huge cave system, the butterfly garden, canoeing or river tubing.
- Hotel: Midas Resort or similar
- San Ignacio - Barton Creek canoe trip - USD80
- San Ignacio - Caracol Ruins (inc. transport and guide) - USD95
- San Ignacio - Yaxha ruins complex (Transport, lunch and guide) - USD135
- San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins (Entrance) - USD10
- San Ignacio - Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave - inc. transport, guide and lunch) - USD95
- San Ignacio - Cave tubing - USD95
- San Ignacio - Butterfly Farm - USD40
- San Ignacio - Mountain Pine Ridge day trip (inc. transport and guide) - USD85
Depart the hotel at 8:30 am, taking the 30-minute taxi ride to the border. After crossing from Belize into Guatemala, travel by private vehicle, stopping for lunch on the way (Not included), and arriving to Tikal around 1 pm. Tonight we camp on the grounds of a hotel which is located close by to this majestic Mayan site. Regroup at 2 pm to explore the National Park until sunset (approximately 3 hours). Towering above the jungle, 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 colorful birds.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Hotel: Overnight at Jaguar Jungle Inn or similar
- Included activities:
- Tikal National Park Arqueological Site
If you haven't had enough of Tikal you have the option to visit the site again at sunrise this morning (entrance fee not included). Otherwise it's a long travel day, (approx. 6-7 hours depending on border crossing conditions) so you'll leave the campsite by private vehicle at 7 am. Once over the border in Belize, travel by local bus to Belize City where we board a water taxi (1 hour) to Caye Caulker. The Belize Cayes are a group of islands a short boat ride away from the coast. There are a number of these islands to choose from, but we base ourselves on Caye Caulker as this is one of the more popular islands with travelers. From here it is possible to arrange day trips to other cayes, to the best reefs for snorkeling, or simply to take a local boat out to the reef of Caulker itself. Each island has its own character, but all of them have the unmistakable Caribbean pace and charm.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Hotel: Caye Caulker Plaza or similar
- Included activities:
- Sunset Sail $38.00
- Stand up Paddle board (Per hour) $25.00
- Caye Caulker Snorkelling (Half Day) $35.00
- Caye Caulker Kayaking (Half day) $25.00
On the last day we usually take the 9 am water taxi back to Belize City (1 hour). With no other planned activities for the day, the trip ends at the port in Belize City, and you can safely continue your onward journey from 12 pm (midday). Please ask your tour leader If you need any assistance arranging transport to the Airport.
7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Private vehicle, Taxi, Ferry. International airfares not included.
Hotel (7 nights)
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. On the final day, you will return to Belize City port by water taxi; you can depart any time after 12pm (midday). Alternatively, you can remain in Caye Caulker.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
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