Belize Myan Ruins Tours Included in this Itinerary

8 days / 7 nights, from $2060 per person

Highlights:  Belize Jungle and highlands, Mayan ruins and archaeology sites, Caves, Ambergris Caye, Belize barrier reef and snorkeling in Shark and ray alley

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Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Belize City/ Cayo

Meeting upon arrival at Belize City airport, transfer to you hotel in Cayo district of Belize.  Located in the western section of the country and bordering Guatemala lies a vast stretch of rainforests, ranches, and some of the country’s most remote and rugged terrain. The region is littered with Mayan ruins, extensive caves and wildlife, explore the forest on foot, on horse or in a kayak, raft, or canoe. The country’s capital, Belmopan, is located here, but the real hub of the district is San Ignacio, a small town with colonial-era streets and a funky medley of restaurants and shops. Some of Cayo’s not-to-miss attractions include the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the Barton Creek cave, and the ancient Maya city of Caracol.

Day 2: Cayo

After breakfast you can choose from two different activities.

Caracol & Rio Frio Cave and pool

Transfer to the Maya village of San Antonio located in a sub-tropical rainforest, here you will have an opportunity to see the Mestizo culture a mixture of Mayan and Spanish people. San Antonio is a famous village because it was home to Dr Elijio Panti, one of the last Shaman in Belize. From here we continue to the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve that is a protected national park. In the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, many Belizeans were employed as timber cutters in this area and on our journey you will learn about the areas history and the reforestation programs that are taking place.  Continue to the beautiful Maya site of Caracol (which means the Snail),  Caracol is the largest archeological site in Belize, covering 30 square miles of dense jungle, the site includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory, a massive pyramid that rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor and contains around 35,000 buildings.  Enjoy a guided tour of the site, after a picnic lunch you will have time to explore on your own. Before returning to the hotel we will stop at the Rio Frio Cave and pool to enjoy a refreshing swim.  (L)

Xunantunich & Botanical Gardens

Transfer to the banks of The Mopan River where we will use a hand cranked ferry system to cross the river, as there is no bridge!  Once across we will drive a short distance to the entrance of Xunantunich a Maya archaeology site.   Tour this small and picturesque site and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding rainforest and temples.  Enjoy lunch in the rainforest before transferring to the Belize Botanical Gardens. The gardens are located in a valley surrounded by mountains and next to the Macal River with over 45 acres of native and exotic plants that grow in Belize.  Learn and discover the floral biodiversity that Belize has to offer.  Return to hotel.  (L)

Day 3: Cayo

After breakfast you can choose from two different activities.

Actun Tunichil Muknal 

Actun Tunichil Muknal “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher” is one of the most impressive caves in Central America. Located in the heart of the Belize Rainforest, the cave was a sacred place for prehistoric Mayans who first began to use the caves entrance as early as 300AD.  The cave system consists of a series of chambers and a massive Cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. Exploring this cave is like traveling back into the Maya past to witness a living museum of artifacts in their original context.  The tour begins with a drive to the trailhead and then an easy trek through the jungle in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. Along your walk you will have the opportunity to learn about the jungle and hopefully see some of the creatures that call it home.  At the entrance of the Cave you will be outfitted with the necessary equipment. Some swimming and climbing will be required for this activity. Caving will last about 3 hours after which you may also visit a nearby dry cave to see ancient inscriptions and handprints of which the origins are unknown. This is a first class caving and archaeological experience.  (L)

Butterfly Farm  &  Barton Creek

After breakfast transfer to the Butterfly farm and enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful butterfly sanctuary. We then continue to the Upper Barton Creek and begin the Cave Tour, this is an adventure trip that is great for individuals as well as  and families offering a little something for everyone. Equipped with Canoes and high powered lights you will gently paddle along the river into the cave system known as Xibalba (she-bal-ba), Mayan for underworld. Stalactites and Stalagmites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations. Knowledgeable guides discuss the relevance of the cave to the ancient Mayan people and the archaeological significance of this 7.5km limestone Cave system that was used for ceremonial purposes and as a burial site by the ancient Mayan people.  (L)

Day 4: Cayo

Day at leisure to relax or participate in one of the activities offered by the Lodge. River tubing, mountain biking, swimming in the Macal river and hiking are just a few of the options. (B)

Day 5: Cayo/Ambergris Caye

After breakfast transfer to airport, in route to the airport we will visit the famous Belize Zoo which was started in 1983 to provide a home for a collection of wild animals that were orphaned, in need of rehabilitation, or gifted from other zoological institutions.  Today, the Belize Zoo is set upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them. A short flight to San Perdro, a former fishing village but today it’s the only town on the island; the streets are made of sand and are lined with waterfront restaurants, hotels, tiki bars, and dive shops. Ambergris Caye runs parallel to the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef and is a popular destination for diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing.  Meeting upon arrival, transfer to hotel.  (BL)

Please note that there is a luggage restriction on this flight.  Each person is allowed 1 carry on and 2 checked bags with a max weight of 25lbs and 62 linear inches (max width 30 inches, max height 15 inches).

Day 6: Ambergris Caye

After breakfast it’s time for Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour, Hol Chan means Little Channel in Mayan and is a natural break on the barrier reef where ocean depth ranges from 3 to 30 feet. You will enjoy the opportunity to swim with an abundance of marine life and huge coral gardens among which are flourishing stag horn corals and sea fans. Shark Ray Alley is a shallow water snorkel where guests will enjoy swimming with the harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays – this trip is a famous snorkel trip and a “must do” for Belize.  (B)

Activity Includes: guide, boat transfers & snorkel equipment


Lunch is NOT included, an entrance fee of  $10.00 (US) per person must be paid locally in cash

Day 7: Ambergris Caye

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach or take an optional tour. (B)

Day 8: Ambergris Caye/ Belize City

At the appropriate time transfer to airport for your flight to Belize City.  (B)

B = Breakfast   L = Lunch

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner

B = Breakfast   L = Lunch

Price

from $2060.00 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room

Included in Price

  • 4 nights accommodation at Black Rock lodge in Cayo
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Portofino Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches
  • Private transportation and guide
  • 4 guided tours  1 unguided tour to choose
  • Entrance fees for tours and activities included unless specified NOT included
  • Round trip domestic flights, Belize City to Ambergris Caye

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Rate does not include Foreign Government departure fees or taxes, which will be collected locally in the country or countries being visited (US $40)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals that are not specified
  • Travel insurance from third party (recommended)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in quote
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
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