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Belize Upgraded

Experience
Tour
Destination
Belize
Duration
9 days
Ages
18+
Operated by
G Adventures

Trip overview

Embrace a mix of cultures and wildlife as you immerse yourself in the wonders of Belize. Home to the world’s oldest known Maya sites and to the second largest reef system on the planet, this Central American country has much to offer our travellers. Visit mysterious jungle ruins, and glimpse the living traditions of this ancient civilization while learning to make tortillas alongside local women. Hear the eerie calls of black howler monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary and spend some leisure time in Caye Caulker enjoying the company of Belize’s friendly and easy-going people, or ride a bike along the water listening to waves crash in the nearby sand. There’s no shortage of sites to see and new experiences to discover in this beautiful country at a Belizean pace.

Inclusions

Tour

  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch, San Ignacio, Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker
  • Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio
  • Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker. Arrival transfer. Lamanai ruins guided tour. Xunantunich ruins guided excursion. Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, water taxi, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (8 nts).

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at any time in Belize City and transfer to the hotel, located near 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.

Day 2

Travel by boat for a full-day excursion to the Mayan archaeological site of Lamanai, Explore the ruins with a local guide and look out for for wildlife in the dense surrounding jungle. Return to the hotel in the afternoon for some free time to relax by the pool.

Day 3

This morning, we’ll visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary and observe these endangered monkeys in the wild. Then head to the village of San Antonio to visit a G Adventures–supported women's cooperative. Try your hand at throwing clay in the cooperative’s pottery workshop, and learn how to prepare corn tortillas using ancient Maya techniques. After lunch, continue to the bustling town of San Ignacio. The town of San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River. All activities here are optional, so the choice is yours: explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

Day 4

Stretch your legs as you climb up the steps of El Castillo to enjoy sweeping views of the jungle in the Maya ruins of Xunantunich. Meander through intricately carved stelae and well-preserved temples and palaces. The afternoon is yours to spend how you wish, choose from a variety of optional activities like a visit to Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or a trip to a butterfly house.

Day 5

Enjoy a free day to explore San Ignacio and the surrounding countryside. Opt to descend into the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, an ancient burial site where mysterious rituals took place; visit a butterfly garden; or go canoeing or tubing through the region’s breathtaking limestone caves.

Day 6

Catch a ferry to Caye Caulker, located along the Belize Barrier Reef. Take some time to relax in your hotel and choose to walk around the laid-back Caye Caulker village, to explore this small diverse community of locals and expats. We bet you didn’t know that Caye Caulker is a long thin limestone caye off the coast of Belize and home to fewer than 2,000 people full-time. Its eclectic mix of backgrounds from Mestizo to Maya and Creole to hippies makes a trip here especially diverse and fun. Travel along the sandy pathway of the main street, eat some sensational seafood, and think about going snorkelling and boating along the Belize Barrier Reef.

Day 7

It’s time to explore the island on a leisurely bike tour with a local guide from the G Adventures–supported Bike with Purpose project. In the afternoon, choose to go on a snorkelling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef and spot sea creatures as you move through the warm waters. If you still want more time on the water after this, choose to take a cruise around the island at sunset. 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.

Day 8

Spend the day as you wish, opt to embark on a full-day sailing and snorkelling excursion to Hol Chan Marine Reserve or lounge by the water simply enjoying this piece of paradise. To finish the day we’ll head out on a cruise back to Caye Caulker just before sunset and then indulge in a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant where there will be plenty of reminiscing. 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.

Day 9

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

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