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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

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: cayo, here we come

Into the rainforest!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
Lodging
Crystal Paradise or similar

Day 2: ruins and river canoeing or tubing

It takes a good spotter to find me!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.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise or similar

Day 3: cave canoeing and horseback riding

Canoe through Barton Creek CaveCanoe 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!

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise or similar

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.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise or similar

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

Day 8: departure home

Watch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsetsWatch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsets

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

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$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.
Privately on Request

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.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful lodges
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
As active as you like
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Belize is in the Air

  Climb ancient Mayan ruins on your Belizean adventure.

Tikal will thrill kids and adults alike!
Tikal will thrill kids and adults alike!
Relax at the beach on Southwater Caye
Relax at the beach on Southwater Caye
Into the rainforest!
Into the rainforest!
Xunantunich
Xunantunich
Watch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsets
Watch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsets
It takes a good spotter to find me!
It takes a good spotter to find me!
Canoe through Barton Creek Cave
Canoe through Barton Creek Cave

Belize Cayo and the Caye

With Tikal, Guatemala, Mayan ruins, coral islands, and canoe-friendly caves

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, meanings to the medicinal plants, and names to the birds and animals that abound in the forests. Read on for the the full itinerary for Cayo and the Caye (rhymes with "Sky-o and the Sea").

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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, meanings to the medicinal plants, and names to the birds and animals that abound in the forests. Read on for the the full itinerary for Cayo and the Caye (rhymes with "Sky-o and the Sea").

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: cayo, here we come
    Into the rainforest!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
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: ruins and river canoeing or tubing
    It takes a good spotter to find me!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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: cave canoeing and horseback riding
    Canoe through Barton Creek CaveCanoe 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!

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise or similar
    Show on a map
  • 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.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise or similar
    Show on a map
  • 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
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: departure home
    Watch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsetsWatch beautiful Machaca Hill sunsets

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

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$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.
Privately on Request

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.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable & delightful lodges
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
As active as you like
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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