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Land of Belize

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Land of Belize

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Description

Jump into Belize’s natural wonders, picturesque coastlines and rich cultural history on this 8-day adventure in Central America. This often-overlooked paradise is full of lush jungle, spectacular Maya ruins, long sandy beaches and first-class underwater attractions. You’ll get the chance to sample them all! From the buzz of Belize City, travel through the Lamanai Archaeological Site and to the island paradise of Caye Caulker. Take a day trip to Guatemala to discover the history of the UNESCO Maya ruins of Tikal. Explore this little-visited gem and get off the beaten track, sitting back and relaxing into the Bel-easy-an way of life.

Trip Name
Land of Belize
Last Updated
2024-04-30
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Laze on the sandy shores of Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. Swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean and snorkel through shallow reefs and atolls surrounding the cayes.
  • Join a group of local women at a co-operative in San Ignacio, where they’ll show you how to cook up some traditional recipes and talk about the organisation they founded.
  • Discover the remains of a once thriving Mayan city at the Lamanai Archaeological Site, reached by a boat trip that reveals some of Belize’s most colourful birdlife.
  • Take a day trip to the impressive Tikal National Park, just a hop, skip and a jump across the border into Guatemala. These Maya ruins have become one of the most important archaeological sites in Maya history.
  • Uncover the secrets of crystallised skeletons and crumbling palaces near San Ignacio that have been preserved in their natural glory.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Belize City
Welcome to Belize! Your adventure begins in Belize City – located where the Belize River meets the Caribbean Sea, this bustling former capital is full of history and culture. You’ll have a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, where you'll meet your trip leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive with time to spare, Belize City has plenty to discover. The coastal and maritime museum is on the north side, housed in the beautifully restored former fire station. Also in the north is the Image Factory, displaying contemporary Belizean artists, the National Handicraft Centre and the oldest Anglican church in Central America – St John Cathedral, built in 1812. Tonight, why not head out on a group welcome dinner, recommended by your leader?
Day 2 - Orange Walk
This morning, you’ll take a private vehicle to Carmelita, then hop on a boat towards the Lamanai Archaeological site. The boat ride is an adventure in itself, and your leader will help you spot all the colourful birds along the river. Arrive at the archaeological site and take some time to explore the remains of the ancient Mayan civilisation and its unearthed temples. After, head back up the river by boat to the town of Orange Walk, where you’ll spend the night. Tonight, settle into your lodge and enjoy an included group dinner.
Day 3 - San Ignacio
This morning, drive to the San Ignacio area, stopping along the way at the San Antonio Women’s Co-op – an organisation formed by local Mayan women as a way to share skills and traditional knowledge while earning an income. Join the local women for a cooking demonstration designed to preserve their culinary heritage, then sit down together for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please. 
Day 4 - Tikal National Park, Guatemala / San Ignacio
Today, you’ll take a day trip to the UNESCO site and Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park – located just across the border in Guatemala. Among the thick, evergreen jungle are some of the most significant remnants of the ancient Maya civilisation – plus an array of local wildlife, including coatis and howler monkeys. Take in the towering limestone temples and other monuments while pondering the mystery of the ancient city's demise. After, enjoy an included group lunch and then make your way back to San Ignacio. Tonight is free to relax at your accommodation or explore at your own pace.
Day 5 - San Ignacio
Today is yours to take on any of the many optional activities available in San Ignacio. Maybe take a day trip to Xunantunich – an impressive Mayan ceremonial centre with panoramic views over the countryside. The east side of one of the temples has a unique moulded wall surface, and the central plaza has three carved stelae (stone slabs). Getting to the site is half the fun as you'll need to take a hand-cranked ferry to cross the river. Maybe head to the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal – a living museum of Maya relics. Wade through the water until you reach the ceremonial site, where you’ll find ceramic pots and crystallised skeletons preserved by the natural processes of the cave for over 1400 years. If Maya ruins aren’t your thing, consider a trip to the Mountain Pine Ridge area to visit waterfalls and warm swimming holes, check out the butterfly garden, or canoe down the Barton Creek cave reserve.
Day 6 - Caye Caulker
Today, take a private transfer to Belize City, where you’ll board a water taxi to the island of Caye Caulker. While there are a number of islands off the coast of the mainland, Caye Caulker is certainly the most famous (and arguably the most beautiful). Once you’ve arrived on Caye Caulker, join your leader on an orientation walk to get to know this tiny and laidback island. You’ll notice no cars here, making it a real pleasure to explore. If you fancy, it’s possible to arrange day trips to the other islands or to some spectacular reefs for snorkelling – just chat with your leader about your options. Each island has its own character, but they all have the unmistakable Caribbean pace and charm. This evening, why not get your hands on some freshly caught seafood, often served in causal and colourful restaurants, to a soundtrack of reggae music.
Day 7 - Caye Caulker
Your time in Caye Caulker is about taking it easy, so do as much (or as little) as you want with another free day here. If you're interested in sampling some local cuisine, Belize is famous for its barbequed food and some of the best meals are cooked on the roadside! Caye Caulker is also famous for its lobster – not the cheapest meal, but so (so) good. Always make sure that you respect the season – the lobsters can only be caught between June and February. If you’re out of season, how about some grilled shrimp and a lovely rum and coke made with the local firewater?
Day 8 - Caye Caulker
There are no activities planned today, and you can depart the accommodation at any time following checkout. If you would like to spend more time in Caye Caulker, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
25-05-202401-06-2024AUD $ 2,329-
04-06-202411-06-2024AUD $ 2,286-
09-07-202416-07-2024AUD $ 2,286-
20-07-202427-07-2024AUD $ 2,286-
03-08-202410-08-2024AUD $ 2,286-
08-10-202415-10-2024AUD $ 2,286-
05-11-202412-11-2024AUD $ 2,465-
12-11-202419-11-2024AUD $ 2,465-
26-11-202403-12-2024AUD $ 2,465-
03-12-202410-12-2024AUD $ 2,465-
10-12-202417-12-2024AUD $ 2,465-
17-12-202424-12-2024AUD $ 2,900-
21-12-202428-12-2024AUD $ 2,900-
31-12-202407-01-2025AUD $ 2,900-
04-01-202511-01-2025AUD $ 3,105-
18-01-202525-01-2025AUD $ 2,639-
25-01-202501-02-2025AUD $ 2,639-
01-02-202508-02-2025AUD $ 2,542-
08-02-202515-02-2025AUD $ 2,542-
11-02-202518-02-2025AUD $ 2,542-
15-02-202522-02-2025AUD $ 2,542-
22-02-202501-03-2025AUD $ 2,542-
01-03-202508-03-2025AUD $ 2,542-
15-03-202522-03-2025AUD $ 2,542-
29-03-202505-04-2025AUD $ 2,542-
05-04-202512-04-2025AUD $ 2,875-
19-04-202526-04-2025AUD $ 2,875-
10-05-202517-05-2025AUD $ 2,875-
31-05-202507-06-2025AUD $ 2,875-
14-06-202521-06-2025AUD $ 2,875-
28-06-202505-07-2025AUD $ 2,875-
19-07-202526-07-2025AUD $ 2,875-
09-08-202516-08-2025AUD $ 2,875-
23-08-202530-08-2025AUD $ 2,875-
13-09-202520-09-2025AUD $ 2,875-
04-10-202511-10-2025AUD $ 2,990-
18-10-202525-10-2025AUD $ 2,990-
01-11-202508-11-2025AUD $ 2,990-
15-11-202522-11-2025AUD $ 3,105-
29-11-202506-12-2025AUD $ 3,105-
06-12-202513-12-2025AUD $ 3,105-
13-12-202520-12-2025AUD $ 3,105-
20-12-202527-12-2025AUD $ 3,105-
27-12-202503-01-2026AUD $ 3,105-
30-12-202506-01-2026AUD $ 3,105-
03-01-202610-01-2026AUD $ 2,920-
17-01-202624-01-2026AUD $ 2,920-
24-01-202631-01-2026AUD $ 2,920-
31-01-202607-02-2026AUD $ 2,920-
07-02-202614-02-2026AUD $ 2,920-
10-02-202617-02-2026AUD $ 2,920-
14-02-202621-02-2026AUD $ 2,920-
21-02-202628-02-2026AUD $ 2,920-
28-02-202607-03-2026AUD $ 2,920-
14-03-202621-03-2026AUD $ 2,920-
28-03-202604-04-2026AUD $ 2,810-
04-04-202611-04-2026AUD $ 2,810-
18-04-202625-04-2026AUD $ 2,810-
09-05-202616-05-2026AUD $ 2,810-
30-05-202606-06-2026AUD $ 2,810-
13-06-202620-06-2026AUD $ 2,810-
27-06-202604-07-2026AUD $ 2,810-
18-07-202625-07-2026AUD $ 2,810-
08-08-202615-08-2026AUD $ 2,810-
22-08-202629-08-2026AUD $ 2,810-
12-09-202619-09-2026AUD $ 2,810-
03-10-202610-10-2026AUD $ 3,035-
17-10-202624-10-2026AUD $ 3,035-
31-10-202607-11-2026AUD $ 3,035-
14-11-202621-11-2026AUD $ 3,035-
28-11-202605-12-2026AUD $ 3,035-
05-12-202612-12-2026AUD $ 3,035-
12-12-202619-12-2026AUD $ 3,035-
19-12-202626-12-2026AUD $ 3,035-
26-12-202602-01-2027AUD $ 3,035-
29-12-202605-01-2027AUD $ 3,035-

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights),Lodge (1 night)

Transport

Private vehicle,Ferry,River boat

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