Imagine what it will be like when you 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 amazing 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 your 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 the best in cultural or natural history experiences, and this tour offers both—only a few short hours from anywhere in the United States.
The Cayo rainforest is one of the finest in Central America and home to a cacao plantation where you can learn about growing the cacao beans, try your hand at grinding them, and taste the original Mayan-style “hot chocolate”. Nearby, 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. In San Antonio, meet some of the local women and learn from them how they make ceramics like the ancient Mayans, and then grind the corn for your homemade tortillas for lunch served with roasted chicken and handmade salsa, and your lunch is served.
DAYS 4-6 – XUNANTUNICH + AMBERGRIS CAYE
At a cattle ranch and stables owned by our friend Santiago, you have the choice of climbing into the saddle or taking a scenic hike through shaded forest, over the Mopan River by a hand-cranked ferry, to the 1,500-year-old ruins of Xunantunich. From the top of its 130-foot-high pyramid called El Castillo, you can see all the way to Guatemala. An al fresco at the ranch precedes a mid-afternoon flight to Ambergris Caye, an island right next to the Belize barrier reef.
From the decks of a private catamaran, join your captain as he dives for lobsters and fish that his sister (and on-board chef) turns into the freshest seafood lunch you’ve ever eaten. No worry about crowds, your experienced captain times your explorations at Hol Chan Marine Reserve for when the tourist boats have all headed back to shore. 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.
Starting Point:Belize City – 1:00 pm – Radison For George Hotel lobby
Ending Point:San Pedro – 9:00 am – Victoria House
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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.
- All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 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
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- When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
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