4 Nights/5 Days – Guaranteed Departure – Daily (Minimum 2 persons)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Highlights: Cave Tubing & Ziprider, Xunantunich & Barton Creek Caves, The Belize Zoo
1st Day Welcome to Belize
Meet and Greet on arrival at the Belize International Airport by a Go-Maya driver for transfer to cayo area hotel for 5 nights.
2nd Day Cave Tubing & ZiprideNote: Lunch included
Breakfast at hotel and Embark on 1 hour drive via the Western Highway to Caves Branch Outpost, your adventure headquarters for the day. The Outpost is located a few hundred feet from the Caves Branch River and its winding waterway through the ancient caves once inhabited by the Maya.Become a “Zip rider” today as you connect to a series of overhead cables criss-crossing the rainforest canopy. The zipline course features a “beginner’s zip run” of only 150 feet. Six other zip runs range in length from 200’ to 600’ between treetop platforms secured in the canopy of tropical hardwood trees. Intriguing karst limestone cliffs provide a scenic backdrop as you zip through the rainforest canopy. This zipline course is truly unforgettable and second to none in Central America and the Caribbean. It is fully insured and also certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
Your Cave Tubing adventures starts with a jungle trail hike where your guide will point out various plants, roots, and herbs once used by the ancient Maya. The entrance tunnel that heads into the underground cave system is the start of an “eye opening” adventure. Your guide hands out head-lamps, and you are ready to float in inflated inner tubes assisted by gentle currents taking you through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the caves and stalagmites and stalactites add to the serene opulence of nature. Select your lunch from a wide range of buffet items from the “Canopy Café” at Caves Branch Outpost.
3rd Day Xunantunich & Barton Creek CaveNote: Lunch included
Breakfast at your hotel then Board a 19th century hand-cranked ferry which will take you across the Mopan River to the Maya ruins of Xunantunich (Maya for “Maiden of the Rock’) which sits just inside the Western border of Belize and Guatemala. The ruins are
actually located on one of the highest plateaus in the area and it is possible to climb to the top of “El Castillo”, the largest of the temples at this site. From this vantage point, one gains a panoramic view of the Cayo District and nearby Guatemala.Next, we continue to Barton Creek Cave in Amish territory. Gently paddle your canoe into Xibalba (she-bal-ba), Maya for underworld. As you glide through the cave you will be dazzled by the glistening crystalline formations and awed by the Maya artifacts secretly tucked away in overhead alcoves.
4th Day Free day / Optional Tours
Free day to explore Western Belize at your leisure. Optional activities that can be pre-booked or purchased locallyinclude: visit to an ancient Maya city (Caracol, Cahal Pech, Tikal), cave exploration (Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Caves), horseback riding, and river canoeing.
5th Day Belize’s Wildlife Sanctuary
Your adventure begins as you head for the wildlife habitat known as the Belize Zoo for an introduction to the country’s diverse fauna. The Zoo was created as a sanctuary for the country’s indigenous species and is now home for an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles and birds. Jaguars, tapirs, toucan and jabirus are
but a few of the exotic species for photo opportunities. A visit to the Zoo gives you the opportunity to see Belize’s amazing wildlife in one location.Continuation drive to Belize City where the tour ends with a drop off at the Belize International Airport if you have an outbound flight, or the Municipal Airport if you have an onward connection to Ambergris Caye, Placencia or another destination within Belize.
- Airport Reception
- Accommodations (1 night in Belize City and 3 nights in Cayo District)
- Hotel Taxes
- 3 Excursions as outlined in itinerary with professional English speaking guides
- 2 Lunch on tour
- Park fees to sites visited
- Hotel transfers
- Government Taxes.
- Meals not mentioned
- Bar items with included meals
- Items of personal nature
- This package is not offered for arrivals during Christmas/New Year’s (Dec 19 – Dec 31/2010) due to higher rates and/or minimum night booking restrictions. Customized quotations available upon request.
- Child Policy: 7 to 12 years – 25% discount; 3 – 6 years – 50% discount; infants 2 years & under – Free.
- Bookings within 45 days of arrival will be accepted only if it joins a scheduled departure date.