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1057
8 Days
Availability : Through Sept 2020
Cayo, Belize
Belize City, Belize
About Belize Travel

Ambergris Caye: This is the largest island in Belize, and San Pedro is the only town on the island. Ambergris Caye has been the hub of Belizean area maritime trade for centuries. The history of the island goes back to the Maya, when Ambergris Caye was a trading post.

Belize Barrier Reef & Great Blue Hole: The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and one of the longest in the world runs just off the Belize coast. The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize.The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger barrier reserve, and both are a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Cayo District & San Ignacio: Cayo is the largest district in Belize, and home to the national capital of Belmopan. The city sits on the banks of the Macal and Mopan River. Cayo has remarkable Mayan sites that include Caracol and Xunantunich, which occupies a ridge above the Mopan River just west of the Guatemala border. Nearby ruins include Cahal Pech, El Pilar and Tikal. Activities include canoeing the cave systems, exploring ancient ruins on horseback and mountain biking.

Duende Cave: The Mayan ruins found in Duende Cave are far off the beaten path. These ruins are accessed via rough dirt roads, passing through two established Maya villages; followed by a hike along jungle trails. Entering this cave was, for ancient Mayans, a journey into their underworld, known as Xibalba. Visitors, with their expert guide, climb cave walls and squeeze though slim spaces to view extremely old Mayan pottery and skeletal remains as well as impressive stalagmite curtains.

Hopkins: On the east coast of Belize, this casual beachfront town is home to a distinctive cultural tradition. During the week of the full moon in April, May and June, at Gladden Spit on barrier reef, divers can swim with thousands of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world today, during their annual migration. In the evening, Garifina musicians offer up casual concerts on the beach.

Orange Walk: Orange Walk is a district in the northwest with its capital, Orange Walk Town. The ruins of Lamanai, “submerged crocodile,” feature the Temple of the Masks, with its ruler’s throne and an ancient ball court. It had one of the longest occupation spans, with evidence of Mayan life that dates from about 1500 BC through Postclassic (AD 950-1544) and Spanish colonial times (AD 1544-1700).

Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve: Rolling pine forest spreads over smooth granite hillsides. The reserve has waterfalls, Thousand Feet Valley Falls and King Vulture Falls as well as some unusual habitats such as Baldy Beacon, with soil that cannot support anything but grass so tough that introduced sheep died of indigestion. Rio Frio Caves is the largest accessible limestone cavern in the country.

Placencia: This small town located in the Stann Creek District is the most southern town on the largest peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.

Punta Gorda: Punta Gorda is in southern Belize. Although the town bears a Spanish name, its inhabitants are mostly English-speaking, primarily of Garifuna, East Indian, and Kriol descent. It was settled by a number of Garifuna emigrants from Honduras in 1823. Activities include sea and river kayaking, fly and sport fishing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, caving and birding.

Tikal, Guatemala: Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. Part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$300 per person per day

Best Time to Travel to Belize

Belize is subtropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea.

It is dry and hot January-April; and the rainy season is June-September.

It is hot and humid year round, but cooler in the mountains.

Average daytime temperatures year round run in the mid to upper 26°C / 80°F range.

 

 

Experience(s)
  •  Adventure
  •  Culture, History & Arts
  •  Family Vacations
  •  Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
  •  Sightseeing
  •  Walking & Biking
  •  Wildlife & Nature

 

What’s Included
  • Accommodations as stated inclusive of hotel taxes

    Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)

    Private airport transfers as indicated

  • Ground transportation, by vehicle and/or boat, as indicated in the itinerary

    Internal flights as indicated in the itinerary

    Guided tours as indicated, inclusive of entrance fees

  • Baggage handling and tips to porters at airports

    Comprehensive assortment of pre-tour planning materials and amenities

    Big Five’s 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance

Not Included
  • Any airfares unless specified under inclusions. Passport and visa fees, travel insurance, excess baggage charges.
  • And other items of a personal nature such as gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel porters, telephone/telex/fax charges, laundry, beverages, meals and other services not specified in the itinerary.

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About Big Five Tours & Expeditions

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Sustainability

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Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1 Cayo, Belize

None None

Suggested Belize Tour Itinerary

Belize City, Belize / San Ignacio, Cayo District

The largest district in Belize is home to the national capital, Belmopan, as well as excellent pre-Columbian Maya ruins.

Day 2 San Ignacio, Belize

None None

San Ignacio / Xunantunich

This beautiful Mayan site served as a civic ceremonial center as far back as 1,000 to 1,200 years ago.

Day 3 San Ignacio, Belize

None None

San Ignacio / Duende Or Actun Tunichil Muknal

These ancient caves, once used for Mayan rituals, are well off the beaten path.

Day 4 Placencia, Belize

None None

San Ignacio / Placencia

Placencia has lots of adventure options with 16 miles of sand beaches, coral-studded islands, jungle rivers, caves and rainforest.

Day 5 Placencia, Belize

None None

Placencia

Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, saltwater fly fishing, whale shark watching – there is never a shortage of activities.

Day 6 Ambergris Caye, Belize

None None

Days 6/7: Placencia / Great Blue Hole / Ambergris Caye

Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared the Great Blue Hole to be one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world.

Day 7 Ambergris Caye, Belize

None None

Placencia / Great Blue Hole / Abergris Caye

Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared the Great Blue Hole to be one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world.

Day 8 Belize City, Belize

None None

San Pedro / Belize City/Depart

Custom Travel Options

Ambergris Caye (3 days)

The Belize Barrier Reef is just a quarter mile from the beach of Ambergris Caye making diving easily accessible.

Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve (2 days)

This reserve with its rolling pine forest, waterfalls, caves, rivers and Mayan ruins means opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and rafting.

Orange Walk (3 days)

Remote lodge and Mayan ruins are set in the heart of this immaculate rainforest.

Punta Gorda (2 days)

It is a seaport and fishing town on the Caribbean Sea, and boasts some of the best fly-fishing in Belize.

Tikal, Guatemala (2 days)

Central America’s most impressive and magnificent Mayan ruins were inhabited between 800 BC and 900.


Pricing Terms and Conditions

Varies. Please inquire.


 

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