Nature and Adventure
9 days & 8 nights
Arrival into the Phillip Goldson International Airport from from the US or other destinations. Your hosts ECOTOURISM & ADVENTURE, will meet and greet you at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Belize Biltmore Plaza.
BELIZE CITY- LAMANAI
Your guide will meet you at airport or at your hotel in Belize City and proceed to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Lamanai is rich in biodiversity, troops of black howler monkeys and other mammals have made Lamanai their home. Welcome lunch at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Free afternoon on your own. You may choose from the different possible activities at the Lodge. Go on an exciting night wildlife-spotting safari, on a boat specially designed for close-up views of exotic night creatures while you build up an appetite for dinner. Overnight at Lamanai Outpost Lodge.
After breakfast, you will have a full day to explore the magnificent ancient Maya site of Lamanai, located on a 4-square kilometer archeological reserve. Lamanai is a Pre-Classic Maya City, with a history that dates back to the year 700 B.C. and is one of the few sites whose original Maya name is still known today. Lamanai means “Submerged Crocodile” and boasts some of the largest structures in Belize. Many of the temples have stuccoed mask-carvings, probably from “Kinich Ahau”, the Sun God and crocodile figures… that have perhaps given the site its name. Dinner. Overnight at Lamanai Outpost Lodge.
CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Early this morning after breakfast you will drive from Lamanai to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserve that covers a vast area of wetlands comprising four separate lagoons. This is an ideal resting place for thousands of migrating and resident bird species. Lunch at a local restaurant (on your own). Transfer to Chaa Creek Cottages for dinner and overnight.
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE & RIO FRIO CAVE
After breakfast enjoy a visit to the Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre and Morpho Butterfly Farm. Transfer to the beautiful Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. This 300 square mile preserve will afford you a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of Belize’s amazing variety of flora… The winding road that leads up to the highlands is a showcase of biodiversity and microclimates. This unusual natural phenomenon includes clusters of oaks, miconias, and other hardwoods along with ferns, grasses, wildflowers and pine forests that carpet the steep hillsides… Our first stop will be the breathtaking Hidden Valley Falls. We may encounter bright-colored clouds of butterflies and several hundred different bird species. After lunch, at Blancaneaux Lodge, we will explore the spectacular Rio Frio Cave, the largest known river cave in Belize, where we will see a magnificent cave system framed by subtropical vegetation, where birds and wildlife are abundant. We will also visit the Rio On Pools, where you will be able to swim in the crystal clear waters, glide on granite rocks and sunbathe in the afternoon sun, replenishing your energy after a day full of adventure... Dinner and overnight at Chaa Creek Cottages.
After breakfast, we will set out for Belize’s natural and unspoiled wonders, on an easy canoe ride down the Macal River, exploring the surrounding jungle… From our canoes we will be able to appreciate iguanas, perched on river rocks, and a wide variety of birds, including araçari toucans, and other exotic wildlife… After lunch we will drive to the ancient Maya ceremonial city of Tikal. Where you we will check in and have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the comfort of your hotel. Dinner at the Park’s Restaurant & overnight at Jungle Lodge.
TIKAL (B, L)
After breakfast (included) your tour of Tikal will start at your hotel’s lobby. Tikal is the largest excavated site in the Americas. It took the University of Pennsylvania 13 years to uncover about 10 square miles of structure after structure at Tikal. However, much of it is left still to be unearthed… The site’s monumental architecture is truly the grandest in the Maya World… Tikal was an important ceremonial and economic center for almost 2 centuries, before being abandoned by the Maya more than one thousand years ago. Visit the Sylvanus G. Morley Museum, that houses some of the artifact’s found by world famous Mayan Scholars. After lunch (included), In the afternoon you will have some time to explore more of Tikal with your main guide and listen to the sounds of nature, before enjoying dinner at your lodge… Overnight at the Jungle Lodge.
TIKAL – BELIZE CITY
Free morning to enjoy Tikal on your own. You will have more time to enjoy the plazas and temples and explore more of the beautiful jungle. At 2:00 p.m., after lunch (on your own), transfer to Santa Elena’s international Airport for your flight back to Belize City, departing Flores at 16:00 arriving Belize City (You may take a connecting flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, if you want to extend your trip – see below for more details). Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Belize Biltmore Plaza.
BELIZE CITY- FLIGHT BACK HOME
Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.
SAN PEDRO AMBERGRIS EXTENSION
TIKAL - SAN PEDRO AMBERGRIS CAYE
Free morning to enjoy Tikal on your own. You will have more time to enjoy the plazas and temples and explore more of the beautiful jungle. At 2:00 p.m., after lunch (on your own), transfer to Santa Elena’s international Airport for your flight back to Belize City, departing Flores at 16:00 arriving Belize City In Belize City, you will continue onto San Pedro. Upon arrival in San Pedro, check into the Sunbreeze Hotel. Overnight at the Sunbreeze hotel.
SAN PEDRO AMBERGRIS CAYE
Free day to enjoy at the beach.You may arrange for a trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Blue Hole on your own or with us! Overnight at the Sunbreeze hotel.
SAN PEDRO AMBERGRIS CAYE
Free day to enjoy the beach on your own. You may go snorkeling, diving or fishing in the cayes, or simply sunbathing on a white sandy beach! Ask us about the possible activities we may arrange for you today. Overnight at the Sunbreeze Hotel.
SAN PEDRO – FLIGHT BACK HOME
Transfer to the San Pedro Airport for your flight back to Belize City, where you will take your flight back home or to your next destination.
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