Belize
Multisport
6 Days / 5 Nights
Introduction
It is a humbling and absolutely thrilling experience to stand at the foot of a towering pyramid, to see it like a stairway to the sky as the Mayans did. By itself it would be reason enough to visit Belize, but this friendly country offers so much more. Belize is home to some of the grandest archaeological treasures in the Western Hemisphere. Visiting them is made all the more worthwhile because they rise from a fascinating jungle, an environment you’ll explore in detail with our local guides. Though the Mayan culture fell into ruin, the country’s other great monument has never stopped growing. The barrier reef along the coast of Belize is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in size and diversity. We’re always on the lookout for destinations that provide a range of cultural and natural history experiences, and this tour offers both—only a few short hours from anywhere in the United States.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - CAYO RAINFOREST
Meet your local guide in Belize City and head for the nearby Cayo rainforest, one of the finest in Central America, where your first fascinating stop is at a cacao plantation. Learn about growing cacao beans and try our hand at grinding them with the traditional method. You’ll also get a taste of the original Mayan-style “hot chocolate”. Then we check in at our eco-lodge that’s nearly hidden in the midst of its own private nature preserve. You may want to take an afternoon dip in the pool or relax with a cocktail, serenaded by the sounds of the forest. 

In San Antonio, the local women still make ceramics like the ancient Mayans did. You’ll visit their cooperative to see them at work, and they’ll share the traditional way of grinding corn and making tortillas on a fire hearth. Add some roasted chicken and handmade salsa, and your lunch is served. Just steps away is San Antonio’s local school. Because our groups are small, the school welcomes our visit. We will meet the kids and teachers. (Consider packing pens, pencils and notebooks for the village children.) Later, you’re headed underground! In the limestone bedrock of Belize, great caverns are common, and the Mayans believed they were entrances to the underworld. Aboard canoes, float through the cave in search of pottery and other artifacts amid the fascinating rock formations.

DAYS 4-6 – XUNANTUNICH + AMBERGRIS CAYE
Just as you’d expect, breakfast includes a wonderful selection of fresh tropical fruits and more. Fuel up because you’re about to have a fun and fascinating Indiana Jones kind of day. First stop: the cattle ranch and stables owned by our friend Santiago. You have the choice of climbing into the saddle or taking a scenic walk through shaded forest, over the lazy Mopan River by a hand cranked ferry (cranked for us!), to the 1,500-year-old ruins of Xunantunich. Right at the center, there’s a 130-foot-high pyramid called El Castillo, and from the top you can see all the way to Guatemala. Back at the ranch, enjoy an al fresco lunch before a mid-afternoon flight to Ambergris Caye, an island right next to the Belize barrier reef. Your luxury resort sits right on the Caribbean Sea. You can take advantage of the many amenities and activities including two pools, ladder golf, bocci and bicycling. If you'd like, we will outfit you with sea kayaks so you can paddle your way around the amazingly clear water. 

Next morning, hit the water! From the decks of our friend Steve’s catamaran, he (and you if you’d like) will dive for lobsters and fish that his sister (and on-board chef) turns into the freshest seafood lunch you’ve ever eaten! You’ll have an opportunity to try your hand at fishing if you choose. Timing the visit for when the tourist boats have all headed back to shore, make a stop at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. It is among the best snorkeling you'll find anywhere - shallow, clear and warm water. We provide all the gear, and you come nose-to-fin with natural life in the barrier reef. The coral forest is almost beyond words, with dazzling schools of fish flashing through clear water. Sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and docile nurse sharks are common sights. It’s an experience you won’t forget. (And it will make you the envy of anyone who’s ever put on a mask and fins.) 
Starting Point: Belize City - 1:00 pm – Radisson Fort George Hotel lobby
Ending Point: Ambergris Caye – following breakfast

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  • Snorkeling with sea turtles and schools of angel fish
  • Exploring the 1,500-year-old ruins of Xunantunich
  • Spotting emerald toucans, nurse sharks and spider monkeys


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We are running this trip privately for individual groups this year. If you would like us to organize a private trip for you, your family or friends, please call or email us to discuss your details.
Internal Air
This trip includes an internal flight which is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is approximately $395 per person.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Trip literature
• All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Belize
Multisport
6 Days / 5 Nights
The climate is subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an annual mean temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is nicely tempered by the sea breezes. Variation in weather features emphasizes the interesting difference in elevation, geology, plant and animal life. A summer high temperature, usually never exceeds 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter lows are seldom below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. Saltwater temperature varies between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Accommodations
Belize North America Island Travel Tour Kaana Suite Guestroom Relax - luxury vacation destinations
Ka'ana Resort

Nestled deep in the tropical jungle of western Belize, each suite offers breathtaking garden views that provide the perfect balance of privacy and modern luxury. You will feel a world away yet right at home.

Belize North America Hotels Victoria House Island Explore Tour Travel Destination - luxury vacation destinations
Victoria House

White Belizean beaches and turquoise seas are practically at your front door in this award-winning, plantation-style resort. There’s a beachside pool, spa and wonderful restaurants – all less than a mile from the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Belize
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6 Days / 5 Nights


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