7 Nights/8 Days – Guaranteed Departure – Tues, Sat (Minimum 2 persons)
Level of Difficulty: Low
Highlights: Cave Tubing & Ziplining, Xunantunich & Barton Creek Caves, The Belize Zoo, Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley.
1st Day Welcome to Belize
Meet and Greet on arrival at the Belize International Airport. by a Go-Maya driver for transfer to your hotel in the Cayo Area for 4 nights.
2nd Day Cave Tubing & Zipline (Lunch included)
Breakfast at Hotel, then Embark on 1.25 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 of 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. We then return you to your hotel to rejuvenate for your next advenutre.
3rd Day Xunantunich & Barton Creek Caves (Lunch included)
Breakfast at your hotel. 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 artefacts secretly tucked away in overhead alcoves. After soaking up they day’s adventure, we head back to your hotel.
4th Day Free day / Optional Tours
Free day to explore Western Belize at your leisure. Optional activities that can be pre-booked or purchased locally include: visit to an ancient Maya city (Caracol, Cahal Pech, Tikal), cave exploration (Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Caves), horseback riding, and river canoeing. If your length of stay falls on a weekend, you may feel free to request your rest day be moved to Saturday. This will allow you the opportunity to experience the San Ignacio Farmers’ Market at its best.
5th Day Belize’s Wildlife Sanctuary
Check out from your hotel at your specified time. 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 you will connect on a water taxi for just over 1 hour transfer to the quaint seaside village of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for 3 nights of island ambience.
6th Day Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley
Breakfast at you hotel. Snorkel the first marine reserve established in Central America – Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Explore the coral reefs as you swim amongst flamboyantly colored tropical fish. Then head to your second snorkel stop, Shark Ray Alley. Friendly reef fish including snappers and jacks dart in and about graceful stingrays and the inquisitive brown nurse sharks for an experience not to be missed.Free afternoon to relax on the beach or more fun in the sea and sun!
7th Day Free days/Optional Tours
Free days to explore San Pedro, Ambergris Caye at your leisure. Optional activities that can be pre-booked or purchased locally include: SNUBA, Sea Trek, Barrier Reef Dive, or Reef Fishing.
8th Day Farewell Belize
Morning at leisure. Airport transfer and connect with commuter flight to the Belize International Airport. (Or stay longer and book extension nights on the island!)
- Airport Reception (figure our who can do it & cost of this)
- Accommodations (4 nights in the Cayo District and 3 nights on Ambergris Caye)
- Hotel Taxes
- 4 Excursions as outlined in itinerary with professional English speaking guides
- 2 Lunch on tour
- Park fees to sites visited (except $10 US park fee to Hol Chan Marine Reserve which is paid directly)
- 1 Water Taxi transfer from Belize City to Ambergris Caye
- 1 Domestic flight from Ambergris Caye to Belize International Airport
- Hotel transfers
- Government Taxes
It is important as a tour company to acquire a reduced rate on all these services from the providers (where outsourced)
- 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) and Easter (April 20 – 24/2011) due to higher rates and/or minimum night booking restrictions. Customized quotations available upon request.
- Bookings within 45 days of arrival will be accepted only if it joins a scheduled departure date.