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Adventure Tours

Explore Belize

From €1429pp
Depart From
Belize City
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
10 Days
Destination
Belize
Price
From €1429pp
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Step away from your daily routine to a special place in the sun. Imagine some soul-recharging beach time, but with added cultural experiences that give you a look at what life is like in Belize.

Explore some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover a monkey sanctuary and remote jungle villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Introduce yourself to a different pace of life in Belize.

Highlights & Inclusions:

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla-Making Lesson, San Ignacio
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance, Hopkins
  • San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lamanai ruins guided tour
  • Tour a hot sauce factory
  • Visit Belize Tropical Education Center
  • Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

DAY 1 BELIZE CITY/BURRELL BOOM

Arrive at any time in Belize city and transfer to the hotel just outside the city in the village of Burrell Boom.

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to arrive at any time to the Belize City airport where you will be met and transferred to our hotel near Burrell Boom village, which is about 30 minutes from the airport.

Hotels vary greatly throughout Central America and even within Belize depending on the location. We do our best to pick comfortable accommodations, but in remote places, options can be limited. It also is important to remember that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Belize (even in upgraded hotels). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

The heat and humidity of Belize may affect you upon arrival. You may have a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm; it is simply your body’s reaction to the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water (cold bottled water is available everywhere) and do not attempt too much in any given day.

Arrival Airport Transfer

Belize International Airport – Burrell Boom30m-45m

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Black Orchid Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 BURRELL BOOM

Enjoy a full day excursion to the Lamanai ruins, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of over 800 structures surrounded by lush jungle. Return to our lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds enjoying the local wildlife.

Lamanai Ruins Guided Tour

Lamanai is located on the shore of the New River Lagoon and is one of the largest Mayan ceremonial site within the region. Lamanai translates as “submerged crocodile” in ancient Mayan, and the site was occupied as early as 1500 BC. The onsite museum has interesting artifacts on display.

Accommodation

Black Orchid Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 3 BURRELL BOOM/SAN IGNACIO

Drive to San Ignacio and visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, founded by five-time National Geographic grantee Dr Robert Horwich. Learn about the black howler monkey before going on a rainforest walk to observe monkeys in the wild. After, visit a Cayo women's cooperative where we learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots and tortilla making. Enjoy a local lunch before continuing on to our rainforest hotel.

The town of San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River. It is a perfect location to visit the surrounding countryside. All activities here are optional, so the choice is yours: explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, containing relics dating back 1400 years, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Belize Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch

Visit a local women's cooperative in San Ignacio to learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots. The process is passed down with each generation and these proud women are happy to share the history and process with us. Also learn about about the process of making local corn tortillas. We have the opportunity to help grind the corn, make the dough, and cook our own tortillas. After, we enjoy a local lunch with the ladies, sampling traditional foods of the Cayo region.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Howler Monkey Experience

Founded by five-time National Geographic-grantee Dr. Robert Horwich, the Community Baboon Sanctuary is a conservation project that works to protect the natural habitat of the black howler monkey through community education and sustainable ecotourism practices. Go for a nature walk in the rainforest with a community guide to observe monkeys in the wild. The sanctuary also promotes the economic development of the surrounding communities through the ecotourism it brings in. Over 200 private, local landowners in seven villages, stretching over 20 square miles, have voluntarily pledged to conserve their land for the protection of the black howler monkey, resulting in an increase in the monkey population. So as part of the experience, also enjoy a cultural demonstration of rice beating and cashew roasting.

Free Time

Settle in and get your bearings and decide what activities you would like to do over the next few days.

Accommodation

Midas Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 4 SAN IGNACIO

Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in San Ignacio, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like cave exploring, visiting Mayan ruins, and horseback riding. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Midas Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 5 SAN IGNACIO

Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in San Ignacio, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like cave exploring, visiting Mayan ruins, and horseback riding. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Midas Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 6 SAN IGNACIO/HOPKINS

Travel to Hopkins on the coast and enjoy a visit to Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory en route. Explore the fascinating Garifuna culture, take a drumming lesson, and enjoy a demonstration by these amazing artists.

This is your chance to visit a part of Belize that has not yet hit the well-trodden tourist trail. Opt to rent a bike to explore the area or enjoy talking to the locals in what some call the friendliest village in Belize.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory Visit

Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce is an institution in Belize and one of the most loved spicy condiments in Central America. Visit the factory where this spicy delight is made and indulge in a tasting. Watch out, it's hot!

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance

Learn more about the Garifuna – descendants of Island Carib, African, and Arawak peoples – and their unique history with a cultural presentation at the Lebeha Drumming Center. Create some beats while participating in a traditional drum lesson and enjoy a stellar musical performance put on by the teachers.

Biking

5-10USD per person

Hop on a bike and explore the area.

Accommodation

All Seasons Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 7 HOPKINS

Enjoy the day in the laid-back village of Hopkins. Opt to visit nearby palmed Tobacco Caye and do some snorkelling, visit a wildlife sanctuary, or explore the area by bicycle.

Free Time

Chill out in this laid back village or check out some optional activities.

Accommodation

All Seasons Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 8 HOPKINS/CAYE CAULKER

Drive up the coast and visit an animal conservation centre before catching the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise.

Caye Caulker is a long thin limestone caye off the coast of Belize. Fewer than 2,000 people live here full-time – an eclectic mix of Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mennonites, along with a few hippies and retirees. The main street is a sandy pathway and people get around on foot, by bike or golf cart. Apart from eating some sensational seafood (lobster is a local specialty), the main activity is snorkelling and boating along the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.

Caye Caulker is very small and has a limited number of accommodations available. For this reason, we often use different hotels, depending on the departure and time of year. Accommodations are a bit rustic, and rooms will have ensuite, electricity and hot water, but due to the remote location, there may be occasional interruptions to these services. The stunning location and natural beauty of this off-the-beaten-track island more than make up for a few minor inconveniences.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

Stop at this small zoo and wildlife education center outside of the city of Belize to admire some of the animals that call the 29 acres here home. Visit the jaguars, tapirs, margays, and some of the many colourful birds that have been saved by this zoo since it opened its doors in 1983. The center offers a home to displaced animals and serves in educating local people and visitors about wildlife protection and conservation.

Ferry

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Optional Activities - Day 8

  • Bike with Purpose Rental

7-30USD per person

Rent a bike from the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose project on Caye Caulker and cycle around the island out to the split and back. It's a great way to get some exercise and see the sights on this laid-back island. Don't forget to bring water and wear lots of sunscreen.

Accommodation

Hotel Paradise Too (or similar)

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

DAY 9 CAYE CAULKER

Enjoy the day with option to join a full-day sailing and snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef or just indulge in some serious R&R. In the evening, enjoy a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.

The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures.

Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in Caye Caulker, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling, sea kayaking, and sailing. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Hotel Paradise Too (or similar

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 10 CAYE CAULKER

Depart at any time.

Should you wish to have additional post nights in Caye Caulker or Belize City, please ask your sales CEO.

This trip finishes on Caye Caulker, which is located one hour by water taxi from Belize City (an additional 30 minutes by taxi to the airport). There are frequent ferry departures between 7:30am and 5:00pm. You can purchase your return ferry ticket easily once you get to Caye Caulker.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? We can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

  •  Breakfast

Price is per person sharing and includes:

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance, Hopkins
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Belize Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lamanai ruins guided tour
  • Tour a hot sauce factory
  • Visit Belize Tropical Education Center
  • Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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