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Trip Extensions

South Water Caye

Duration: 3 days

Spend a few days unwinding and exploring at beautiful South Water Caye (part of the chain of barrier reef islets off the Caribbean coast of Belize), where snorkeling, swimming, even sea kayaking and SCUBA diving excursions in the clear blue waters ar... read more

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: belize city

Spot a Vermilion Flycatcher at Crooked TreeSpot a Vermilion Flycatcher at Crooked Tree

Welcome to Belize! Get ready for some family fun as you discover the jungles of Belize.

When you arrive at the Belize City Airport, your guide will meet you and take you straight out of the city to Crooked Tree Village, just 30 miles out of town but a world apart from the urban center. This rural village got its name from the knotty logwood tree used as a navigation landmark by lumberjacks in the 18th century.

Settle in for two nights at your lodge on the edge of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, possibly the spot with the most birds in all of Belize. If you plan to keep a list of species you see on the trip, you'll get a great start here.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Crooked Tree Lodge

Day 2: lamanai by boat

Can you spot the jaguar face on the temple wall? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)Can you spot the jaguar face on the temple wall? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)

Travel like the early explorers today as you leave Crooked Tree by boat to discover the ruins deep in the rainforest at Lamanai. The name "Lamanai" comes from the Maya word for "submerged crocodile," so you can tell the jungle river wildlife was very much on the minds of the Mayas who settled here. You are sure to see exotic birds and wily iguanas, but also keep your eyes open for the spider monkeys and howler monkeys that swing high in the trees. Notice how the ruins here are only partially excavated, giving you a sense of how hidden they once were. But you will still have access to the Temple of the Jaguar Masks and the High Temple. Also while here learn about the dangerous Mayan ball game that was part sport and part religious sacrifice.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Diner
Lodging
Crooked Tree Lodge

Day 3: tropical education center

See the elusive ocelot at the Belize ZooSee the elusive ocelot at the Belize Zoo

Head out this morning for a full day at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. The center was formed in 1983 as a home for wild animals that had been used in early rainforest documentaries. The staff, realizing how little Belizeans knew about their wild neighbors, made a commitment to educate people in the service of conservation. Over the past 30 years the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center has grown to 29 acres of tropical savanna with over 150 animals representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. Every animal was orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. Their habitats mimic their wild environs closely. Your visit to the zoo will give you a thrilling, intimate and interactive introduction to the animals of Belize and the habitats they rely on.

Your lodging for the next two nights is at the Tropical Education Center, which is part of this extensive zoo sanctuary.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tropical Education Center

Day 4: bird walk / cave tubing

Get ready for a cave tubing adventureGet ready for a cave tubing adventure

Go out this morning for a bird walk in the forest near the Tropical Education Center. Your guide is an experienced birder who can help you identify the many species you'll see. In addition, this is a great opportunity to ask your guide about traditional communities' use of rainforest plants for medicine, cooking, and cleaning.

Then, get ready to get wet this afternoon on your cave tubing adventure. This underground river experience combines floating on the water and active cave exploration. Along the way your guide will explain the geology of cave formation. As you float downriver, marvel at the magnificient rock formations, cave bats and waterfalls. The deeper you get in the cave, the more you will rely on your head lamp (provided) to see the interior terrain. This trip is good for all ages and fitness levels.

Return to the Tropical Education Center for dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tropical Education Center

Day 5: cahal pech & xunantunich ruins

Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)

Head west to the Cayo District this morning for a day at the ruins of Xunantunich and Cahel Pech.

Cahel Pech was the hilltop estate of a wealthy Maya family, built over three thousand years ago. It sits high above the intersection of the Mopan and Macal rivers. You can imagine the children of the family running among the 34 buildings on the property—but can you imagine what it would be like to live in these stone buildings yourself?

Nearby along the Mopan River lies Xunantunich, the ceremonial center for the farmers who lived in this region about 1,500 years ago. The main pyramid temple, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor. The view from the top shows you the whole ancient city stretched out below you. Also ask your guide about the haunting of El Castillo!

Overnight at the Crystal Paradise Resort, on the Macal River outside of San Ignacio. Perhaps consider a refreshing starlit swim tonight before bed; You can swim in the river right from the lodge!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise Resort

Day 6: actun tunichil muknal cave (atm)

Find Mayan remains in the ATMFind Mayan remains in the ATM

The most intrepid travelers will love today's spelunking adventure in the recently-discovered cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, or "ATM." In a small group, wearing life jackets, swim into the network of caves. The warren was a secluded ceremonial site for the Maya. Not only does ATM hold hundreds of ancient Maya artifacts that were used in various ceremonies, but it also contains burial chambers with calcified human remains. This is a fascinating and rare opportunity to see another aspect of Mayan life and culture.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise Resort

Day 7: cave canoeing and waterfalls

Canoe through Barton Creek CaveCanoe through Barton Creek Cave

Travel to the small Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river of 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 your spotlight see the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. You may even come across some Mayan artifacts. 

After, drive into a completely different climactic zone when you visit the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park area. Here, you'll see a variety of plant and animal life, exquisite panoramas, plus an impressive 1,000-foot waterfall that cascades from the mountainside.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Crystal Paradise Resort

Day 8: onward

The sun sets on BelizeThe sun sets on Belize

Alas, it's time to head back to the airport in Belize City today... Or, if you have more than a week available, consider extending on the coast. Many exciting activities await you on the cayes (islands) off Belize's coast!

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,450
- $3,075
Adult: $3,075 Child under 12: $2,450 Child rates based on 2 full paying adults in shared room The land cost published is for the stated group departure and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates. Custom & private adventures are available as well, and the final cost of a custom trip will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
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.
Custom & private on your dates
Jun 16-23, 2018

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 Eco Lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
3-12
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 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.

The big, beautiful, lush forest of Belize welcomes you
The big, beautiful, lush forest of Belize welcomes you
The ocelot is hard to spot in the wild but thrilling to see at the Belize Zoo
The ocelot is hard to spot in the wild but thrilling to see at the Belize Zoo
Can you spot the jaguar face on the wall of the temple? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis, 2007)
Can you spot the jaguar face on the wall of the temple? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis, 2007)
Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)
Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)
Watch for colorful flora on your rainforest walks
Watch for colorful flora on your rainforest walks
Careful where you step!
Careful where you step!
Explore the underground caves with your guide
Explore the underground caves with your guide
Keep your binoculars handy as bright colors fly by
Keep your binoculars handy as bright colors fly by
Grab your tubes for a cave tubing adventure
Grab your tubes for a cave tubing adventure
Your taste buds will thank you for the delicious local cuisine
Your taste buds will thank you for the delicious local cuisine
Your guide knows how to spot all sorts of wildlife
Your guide knows how to spot all sorts of wildlife
Consider an extension to explore the Belize coast
Consider an extension to explore the Belize coast

Jungle Discovery Week for Families

Underground caves, Mayan history, and animals everywhere

overview

Fun, adventure and discovery await your family in the jungles of Belize. On this week-long adventure, seek out the secrets of the ancient Maya civilization, who first settled in Belize over three thousand years ago. Explore the ruins at Lamanai, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich, where you climb the pyramidal temples, learn about the intersection between sport and religion, and imagine life in a civilization that vanished long before Columbus arrived in the New World.

You also have the chance to explore several of the caves in western Belize, where you swim, paddle, and float though rock tunnels, admire the stalactites overhead, and shine your headlamp over the walls to find Maya artifacts. Throughout the trip, keep a lookout for abundant birds, reptiles, monkeys, and elusive rain forest mammals. Your superb Belizean guide will help you learn the wildlife and help unravel the mysteries of the Mayans. And the food at your three beautiful ecolodge locations is varied, delectable, and delicious for adventurers of all ages.

itinerary

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overview

Fun, adventure and discovery await your family in the jungles of Belize. On this week-long adventure, seek out the secrets of the ancient Maya civilization, who first settled in Belize over three thousand years ago. Explore the ruins at Lamanai, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich, where you climb the pyramidal temples, learn about the intersection between sport and religion, and imagine life in a civilization that vanished long before Columbus arrived in the New World.

You also have the chance to explore several of the caves in western Belize, where you swim, paddle, and float though rock tunnels, admire the stalactites overhead, and shine your headlamp over the walls to find Maya artifacts. Throughout the trip, keep a lookout for abundant birds, reptiles, monkeys, and elusive rain forest mammals. Your superb Belizean guide will help you learn the wildlife and help unravel the mysteries of the Mayans. And the food at your three beautiful ecolodge locations is varied, delectable, and delicious for adventurers of all ages.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: belize city
    Spot a Vermilion Flycatcher at Crooked TreeSpot a Vermilion Flycatcher at Crooked Tree

    Welcome to Belize! Get ready for some family fun as you discover the jungles of Belize.

    When you arrive at the Belize City Airport, your guide will meet you and take you straight out of the city to Crooked Tree Village, just 30 miles out of town but a world apart from the urban center. This rural village got its name from the knotty logwood tree used as a navigation landmark by lumberjacks in the 18th century.

    Settle in for two nights at your lodge on the edge of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, possibly the spot with the most birds in all of Belize. If you plan to keep a list of species you see on the trip, you'll get a great start here.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Crooked Tree Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: lamanai by boat
    Can you spot the jaguar face on the temple wall? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)Can you spot the jaguar face on the temple wall? (Photo by Dennis Jarvis)

    Travel like the early explorers today as you leave Crooked Tree by boat to discover the ruins deep in the rainforest at Lamanai. The name "Lamanai" comes from the Maya word for "submerged crocodile," so you can tell the jungle river wildlife was very much on the minds of the Mayas who settled here. You are sure to see exotic birds and wily iguanas, but also keep your eyes open for the spider monkeys and howler monkeys that swing high in the trees. Notice how the ruins here are only partially excavated, giving you a sense of how hidden they once were. But you will still have access to the Temple of the Jaguar Masks and the High Temple. Also while here learn about the dangerous Mayan ball game that was part sport and part religious sacrifice.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Diner
    Lodging
    Crooked Tree Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: tropical education center
    See the elusive ocelot at the Belize ZooSee the elusive ocelot at the Belize Zoo

    Head out this morning for a full day at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. The center was formed in 1983 as a home for wild animals that had been used in early rainforest documentaries. The staff, realizing how little Belizeans knew about their wild neighbors, made a commitment to educate people in the service of conservation. Over the past 30 years the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center has grown to 29 acres of tropical savanna with over 150 animals representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. Every animal was orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. Their habitats mimic their wild environs closely. Your visit to the zoo will give you a thrilling, intimate and interactive introduction to the animals of Belize and the habitats they rely on.

    Your lodging for the next two nights is at the Tropical Education Center, which is part of this extensive zoo sanctuary.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tropical Education Center
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: bird walk / cave tubing
    Get ready for a cave tubing adventureGet ready for a cave tubing adventure

    Go out this morning for a bird walk in the forest near the Tropical Education Center. Your guide is an experienced birder who can help you identify the many species you'll see. In addition, this is a great opportunity to ask your guide about traditional communities' use of rainforest plants for medicine, cooking, and cleaning.

    Then, get ready to get wet this afternoon on your cave tubing adventure. This underground river experience combines floating on the water and active cave exploration. Along the way your guide will explain the geology of cave formation. As you float downriver, marvel at the magnificient rock formations, cave bats and waterfalls. The deeper you get in the cave, the more you will rely on your head lamp (provided) to see the interior terrain. This trip is good for all ages and fitness levels.

    Return to the Tropical Education Center for dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tropical Education Center
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: cahal pech & xunantunich ruins
    Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)Explore the ceremonial complex at Xunantunich (photo by cjuneau on Flickr)

    Head west to the Cayo District this morning for a day at the ruins of Xunantunich and Cahel Pech.

    Cahel Pech was the hilltop estate of a wealthy Maya family, built over three thousand years ago. It sits high above the intersection of the Mopan and Macal rivers. You can imagine the children of the family running among the 34 buildings on the property—but can you imagine what it would be like to live in these stone buildings yourself?

    Nearby along the Mopan River lies Xunantunich, the ceremonial center for the farmers who lived in this region about 1,500 years ago. The main pyramid temple, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor. The view from the top shows you the whole ancient city stretched out below you. Also ask your guide about the haunting of El Castillo!

    Overnight at the Crystal Paradise Resort, on the Macal River outside of San Ignacio. Perhaps consider a refreshing starlit swim tonight before bed; You can swim in the river right from the lodge!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: actun tunichil muknal cave (atm)
    Find Mayan remains in the ATMFind Mayan remains in the ATM

    The most intrepid travelers will love today's spelunking adventure in the recently-discovered cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, or "ATM." In a small group, wearing life jackets, swim into the network of caves. The warren was a secluded ceremonial site for the Maya. Not only does ATM hold hundreds of ancient Maya artifacts that were used in various ceremonies, but it also contains burial chambers with calcified human remains. This is a fascinating and rare opportunity to see another aspect of Mayan life and culture.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: cave canoeing and waterfalls
    Canoe through Barton Creek CaveCanoe through Barton Creek Cave

    Travel to the small Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river of 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 your spotlight see the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. You may even come across some Mayan artifacts. 

    After, drive into a completely different climactic zone when you visit the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park area. Here, you'll see a variety of plant and animal life, exquisite panoramas, plus an impressive 1,000-foot waterfall that cascades from the mountainside.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Crystal Paradise Resort
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: onward
    The sun sets on BelizeThe sun sets on Belize

    Alas, it's time to head back to the airport in Belize City today... Or, if you have more than a week available, consider extending on the coast. Many exciting activities await you on the cayes (islands) off Belize's coast!

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,450
- $3,075
Adult: $3,075 Child under 12: $2,450 Child rates based on 2 full paying adults in shared room The land cost published is for the stated group departure and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates. Custom & private adventures are available as well, and the final cost of a custom trip will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
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.
Custom & private on your dates
Jun 16-23, 2018

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 Eco Lodges
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
3-12
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 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

South Water Caye

Duration: 3 days

Spend a few days unwinding and exploring at beautiful South Water Caye (part of the chain of barrier reef islets off the Caribbean coast of Belize), where snorkeling, swimming, even sea kayaking and SCUBA diving excursions in the clear blue waters ar... read more

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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