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Explore Belize (National Geographic Journey)

9 days with G Adventures   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Belize City/Burrell Boom
Arrive at any time in Belize city and transfer to our hotel just outside the city in the village of Burrell Boom.

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to arrive at any time to the Belize City airport where you will be met and transferred to our hotel near Burrell Boom village, which is about 30 minutes from the airport.

Day 2 Burrell Boom
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Lamanai ruins, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of over 800 structures surrounded by lush jungle. Return to our lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds to spot local wildlife. (B, L)

Day 3 Burrell Boom/San Ignacio
Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, co-founded by five-time National Geographic grantee Dr Robert Horwich. Learn about the black howler monkey before going on a rainforest walk to observe monkeys in the wild. After, visit a G Adventures-supported Cayo women's cooperative where we learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots and tortilla making. Enjoy a local lunch before continuing on to San Ignacio.

The town of San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River. It is a perfect location to visit the surrounding countryside. All activities here are optional, so the choice is yours: explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, containing relics dating back 1400 years, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. (B, L)

Day 4 San Ignacio
Enjoy an excursion to explore the stunning Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Relax this afternoon or opt to visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. (B)

Day 5 San Ignacio
Enjoy a free day to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside. There are several activity options including an exploration of the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, visiting the butterfly gardens, and tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. (B)

Day 6 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker
Drive back to the coast and catch the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise.

Caye Caulker is a long thin limestone caye off the coast of Belize. Fewer than 2,000 people live here full-time – an eclectic mix of Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mennonites, along with a few hippies and retirees. The main street is a sandy pathway and people get around on foot, by bike or golf cart. Apart from eating some sensational seafood (lobster is a local specialty), the main activity is snorkelling and boating along the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. (B)

Day 7 Caye Caulker
Explore the Island with a local on a leisurely bike tour with a guide from the G Adventures for Good-supported Bike with Purpose project. This afternoon, opt to snorkel or just indulge in some serious R&R.

The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures. (B)

Day 8 Caye Caulker
Enjoy the day and opt to join a full-day sailing and snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef, or just kick back and relax by the water. In the evening, take part in a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.

The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures. (B, D)

Day 9 Caye Caulker
Depart at any time.

Should you wish to have additional post nights in Caye Caulker or Belize City, please ask your sales CEO. (B)
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All This Included
The tiny Caribbean nation of Belize is packed full of wonders, from the world’s oldest known Maya sites to the second largest reef system on the planet. On this refreshing journey, immerse yourself in the world of the Maya on visits to mysterious jungle ruins, and glimpse the living traditions of this ancient civilization as you learn to make tortillas alongside local women. Gain insights into community conservation at a wildlife sanctuary founded by a National Geographic Grantee, and culminate your adventure on the idyllic isle of Caye Caulker, perched along the pristine Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla-Making Lesson, San Ignacio Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch, San Ignacio Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lamanai ruins guided tour
  • Xunantunich ruins guided excursion
  • Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (8 nts)
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
  • Transportation: Private vehicle, water taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Highlights
  • Explore the jungle-set Mayan ruins of Lamanai
  • Enjoy a traditional Cayo lunch at a women's cooperative in San Antonio
  • Ride a bike and help support G for Good
  • Chill out and enjoy the tropical island vibe on Caye Caulker
Accommodations
Hotels (8 nights)
Belize City, Belize: Black Orchid Hotel (or similar)
San Ignacio, Belize: Midas Resort (or similar)
Caye Caulker, Belize: La Isla Resort (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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