Belize Cayo and the Caye

With Tikal, Guatemala, Mayan ruins, coral islands, and canoeable caves
Overview

overview

Belize is full of mystery and famous for a wild, yet accessible diversity of habitats, archaeological sites, and outstanding small ecolodges. Who were the Maya and why did they disappear? What natural wonders are camouflaged in the jungle? What fantastic formations are hidden in dark caves and underwater worlds? Your great local guide calls upon his own native heritage to bring life to the legends of the Maya, meaning to the medicinal plants, and names to the birds and animals that abound in the forests. Visit famous Tikal and the unique Blue Hole ocean park. Below is the itinerary for Cayo and the Caye (rhymes with "Sky-o and the Sea").

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Cayo, Here We Come
    Into the rainforest!

    Upon arrival in Belize City, you will be met at the airport and transferred (about 2 hours) to a rainforest lodge in the Cayo District where you will spend the next four nights. Arrive at the lodge in  time to freshen up before having a delicious Belizian dinner.

    Meals
    Dinner
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  • Day 2: Ruins and River Canoeing or Tubing
    It takes a good spotter to find me!

     Xunantunich, Belize’s most accessible Mayan site of significance that is reached via ferry crossing at San Jose Succotz, is your destination today. The main structure, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor. The views from the top are superb, with forest stretching out all around you and the rest of the ancient city mapped out just beneath you. Then in the afternoon, relax as you coast down the Macal River in a canoe or rubber tube. Listen for the sounds of the howler monkeys or watch for hidden iguanas basking in the treetops.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3: Cave Canoeing and Horseback Riding
    Canoe through Barton Creek Cave

    Travel to the small Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river and Barton Creek Cave. Used by the ancient Maya for ceremonial purposes and a burial site, this cave is an amazing display of crystal formations.  Gently paddle through the cave system in your canoe and with wour spotlight view the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. You may even come across some Mayan artifacts. Then enjoy a two hour morning horseback ride through the rainforest’s stunning scenery. Teak trees, iguanas and many species of birds will catch your eye. (*Routes are available for all levels of riding experience*). Stop for lunch at the ranch lodge. This is not a day to forget your camera!

     

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4: Tikal: the Mayan Marvel

    Tikal, once the grand capital of the Mayan world, may be the most impressive site in all of the Americas. In Guatemala, just two hours from your Belize lodge, these famous ruins lie in a vast rainforest sanctuary rich with bird and animal life. Wonder at the Great Plaza, the 200-foot temple pyramids, the mazes of courtyards and tiny rooms and extensive areas of ruins still under jungle cover. Fifteen hundred years ago, the population here was 100,000; by 900 AD, the civilization collapsed. Some of you may choose to hike or climb, others may want to explore the nature and wildlife. All will learn a tremendous amount, and leave you pondering the same questions that engage archaeologists and scholars. Return to the lodge in the evening for your last night in the rainforest.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Days 5-7: Southwater Caye: An Island Paradise

    Head to the coast this morning along the magnificent Hummingbird Hwy. En route, stop for a swim at Blue Hole National Park. Once you arrive in Dangriga, you'll transfer by boat to Southwater Caye where you will spend the following three nights. A coral island paradise, small enough to walk around, Southwater offers snorkeling opportunities right from shore in one of the best areas of the Caribbean Reef. This is a rare island where accommodations are lovely and unassuming, service is superb, and development has, thankfully, been kept to a minimum. Spend these days at your leisure, exploring all that the area has to offer. Optional boat excursions and scuba diving are available at extra cost.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Pelican Beach Resort
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  • Day 8: Departure Home

    After breakfast, return by boat to the mainland. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Belize City and connecting flight home.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Apr 4-11, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$3,495
Families: Adults $3,495 Domestic flight Dangriga/Belize City included
Single Supplement:
$450
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
comfortable & delightful lodges
Group Size:
2
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
1
comfortable & delightful lodges

Resources

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Tikal Ruins

Duration: 3 days

Tikal is the site of one of the greatest ancient Mayan ruins. Settled more than 2,500 years ago, the ancient city of Tikal is spread over six square miles with over 3,000 separate constructions. Towering temples, immense palaces, enclosed courtyards... read more

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