An adventurer's paradise, Belize is a peaceful, English-speaking country, on the Caribbean coast nestled between Mexico and Guatemala. Boasting a wide array of adventure opportunities and an intriguing mix of tropical forests, wildlife, majestic mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond comparison. In a single day, one can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.
Day 1: Belize City, Belize- Cayo District
Arrive Belize International Airport. You are met outside baggage claim and transferred (2 hrs) to the Cayo District, located in the western part of the country. Check-in to your hotel and overnight.
Pook's Hill Lodge is located at the foothills of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District of Belize, bordering the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. The lodge is situated within a 300 acre Private Reserve, on the site of an ancient Maya Plazeula Group.
Enter along a 3/4 mile access road that leads you through the rainforest; private nature trails take you past giant Mahogany, Cedar, Strangling Fig and Ceiba. The forest is the home to many Belizean mammals such as the tapir, jaguar, coati mundi, and gibnut among others.
Thatched cabanas surround a Maya site that overlooks the forest canopy and creek below. The bar/veranda is ideal for birding or just taking in the tranquil setting.
Day 2: Caracol Ruins and Mountain Pine Ridge
Full-day tour to the Caracol Ruins and Mountain Pine Ridge area.
Travel through the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge National Park on your way to the Mayan ruins at Caracol. Enjoy a privately guided tour of this impressive site, the largest Maya site in Belize.
Located on the Vaca Plateau and right in the heart of the Chiquibul Reserve, Caracol is a Classic Period complex which covers 30-square miles of thick, 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 that rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor.
This afternoon visit the Rio Frio caves and pools. Rio Pools a continuous series of pools formed by large granite boulders. Many of the pools are connected by small waterfalls. The smooth surface of the boulders make natural water slides and a great place for a swim or a hike.
The Rio Frio cave is located less than a mile from the Pine Forest Headquarters in Augustine. Stepping-stones lead inside the most easily accessible of Belize's river caves. Everything is big in this cave! The two 65-foot arched entryways leave you in awe. Huge stalactites hang from the massive cathedral-like vault, which is part of a cave system the Maya used to bury their dead. Room size boulders are strewn throughout the cave and a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Openings at both ends make flashlights unnecessary for viewing the cave's formations during daylight hours.
Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 3: San Ignacio
Enjoy a full day private tour. Choose from either Actun Tunichil Muknal or Xunantunich.
Option #1: One of the most impressive caves in the Maya lowland, Actun Tunichil Muknal is a real adventure and requires a certain level of physical fitness.
Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Maya of Belize. The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300 by 50 meter Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place.
You will first trek through the rainforest (45 minutes) to the mouth of the cave, and from here are outfitted in the necessary equipment. Afterwards, swim and wade certain sections before climbing up onto the higher platforms to view the ancient Maya ritual sites where both pottery and human remains can be seen.
Option #2: Xunantunich means "stone woman" The partially-excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view of the Belize's Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. El Castillo is known for its frieze, a banded stucco decoration that at one time extended around the entire pyramid.
After the tour, transfer to San Ignacio for lunch.
Day 4: Cayo District- Ambergris Caye
This morning transfer to Belize City. En route stop at the famous Jaguar Paw River Cave for a tubing experience. Take a short walk along a jungle path to the caves then put on your headlamp and float your way through the cave system on individual inner tubes.
Transfer to the airport for your quick flight to Ambergris Caye. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax on the beach or explore San Pedro.
Located on a 500-foot beach and one of San Pedro's finest, Ramon's is only a five-minute stroll from town. Authentic thatched roof cabanas, tropical lagoon-style pool, a fabulous restaurant, and the world-famous Purple Parrot poolside bar await you.
Ramon's Village Resort
Day 5: Ambergris Caye:
Today, you will enjoy a half day non-exclusive tour off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, Belize's oldest marine reserve: Hol Chan Marine Reserve, locally known as the 'little channel." The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.
Visit Shark Ray Alley, located to the south and to the inside of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, this site is becoming one of the hottest marine attractions in the Caribbean. Here, snorkelers can witness dozens of Southern Stingrays and Nurse Sharks swirl and dance gracefully while being orchestrated by your local guide.
While resting on a sandy bottom in about ten-feet of water, snorkelers can take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch and photograph an awesome display of grace and beauty as only Mother Nature can provide.
Return to the main island and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Ramon's Village Resort
Day 6: Ambergris Caye
Enjoy the day at leisure. Laze on the beach or plan a local sightseeing excursion. Some ideas include: kayaking out to the reef, snorkeling, sport fishing, sailing, or dive Jacques Cousteau's legendary Blue Hole!
Ramon's Village Resort
Day 7: Depart Belize City
Transfer to the San Pedro airport for your domestic return flight to Belize International Airport.
Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.
2013 Pricing: $2399 USD based on 2 passengers sharing one room.
- All Breakfasts and other meals as indicated
- Accomodation as mentioned, double occupany
- Tours and activities as mentioned with local guides
- Transportation as mentioned, in a minibus
- Domestic Flights as indicated
- Local taxes
- International airfare
- Airport departure tax
- Meals, unless otherwise indicated
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Border Fees
- Items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities and Tips for Drivers and Guides
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Options and Extras
On the internal flights within Belize, each person is allowed 50 pounds of luggage- 2 pieces at 25 pounds each, along with hand luggage.