Tour ancient Maya temples, float down winding rainforest rivers and enjoy fantastic tropical delicacies during seven days of living the life in Belize.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to host hotel in the Western District. Once you’ve arrived at San Ignacio Town, relax and unwind from your day of traveling over an ice‐cold Belikin or a refreshing glass of Belizean rum punch.
Day 2: Depart for an action‐packed day in the jungle, exploring Ian Anderson’s Waterfall Cave. Hundreds of feet under the limestone mountain ridge, explore a river cave with a total of six waterfalls you’ll go through, over, off or around before day’s end. See the amazing crystal formations above and ancient Maya ceremonial centers hidden inside chambers during your misty journey. Or spend the day zipping through the rainforest canopy at the Caves Branch Outpost. The zip line adventure consists of 10 treetop platforms, each strategically located within the rainforest canopy, with eight thrilling runs. Double cables capable of withstanding 2,000 pounds of weight each help ensure safety. After an exciting morning, take a lazy glide through our amazing caves—hike for about 30 minutes through the rainforest, then cool down by tubing through Caves Branch River and its unbelievable cave systems. The ancient Maya regarded these caves as a sacred underworld and a home to many powerful gods. Enjoy lunch at the Outpost’s restaurant, browse through a gift shop and pick up a few souvenirs from the works of local artisans.
Day 3: Explore the ancient Maya world as you take a half‐day tour of the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich. The partially excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view of Belize’s Western District and nearby Guatemala. Check out and transfer by road to Hopkins Village. Check in to one of the many quaint, moderately priced hotels or choose from the wide selection of luxury beachfront resorts. More info at TravelBelize.org or HopkinsBelize.com.
Day 4: Depart for an exciting day out at the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected subtropical rain forest surrounded by the Maya Mountains. Its name comes from the cockscomb profile of the nearby Maya Mountains (from the north or south). Present are more than 250 kinds of orchids, tree ferns, air plants and vines, almost 700 varieties of trees, more than 290 species of birds and five species of wild felines.
Day 5: Check out of your hotel and continue on to your next adventure. Your prearranged transfer will take you to the Dangriga airstrip, where you will fly to Belize City.
Upon arrival into Belize City, you can take another flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, or you can opt to take a water taxi in Belize City for a more cost‐efficient option.
Arrive and check in at your hotel. Transfers are usually provided by your hotel. Spend the rest of your day relaxing by the beach. For a comprehensive list of accommodations, transportation options and activities, visit TravelBelize.org.
Day 6: Begin your day sailing to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and explore the spectacular snorkel area. Head to Shark Ray Alley, where you will encounter sharks and rays in their natural habitat. Upon reaching Caye Caulker, you will have some time to explore the quaint sister island. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail back to San Pedro.
Day 7: Free day. Spend the day at the spa, which can be arranged by your hotel if there’s not a spa on site. Or make independent arrangements at one of the many spas on the island. After a relaxing morning, spend your afternoon on the main street, where you will find unique gift items for friends and loved ones as you prepare to return home.
Dine at your hotel or at any of the fine local restaurants on the island. For more information on restaurants and dining out on the Caye (pronounced “key”), visit AmbergrisCaye.com. Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation on the island, and rentals are available through your hotel. You may opt to rent independent of your hotel. For a little more fun experiencing the reef, go parasailing for a bird’s‐eye view of the spectacular barrier reef and island of Ambergris Caye.
Day 8: Depart and start planning your next vacation to Belize.