Tiny Belize is brimming with wildlife and history, and we’ve created an active adventure to explore the best of this jewel of the Caribbean. From the dazzling warm waters of Belize’s Barrier Reef to jungle-draped Maya ruins, we’ll revel in unforgettable experiences in the country’s lush landscapes. We'll enjoy phenomenal snorkeling among tropical reef fish, just minutes from our enchanting resort on Turneffe Atoll, a World Heritage Site, and boat along a jungle-lined river to revered Lamanai, where majestic 10-story-high Maya temples emerge from the forest. And amid the nature reserves of the Maya Mountains, we’ll explore a hidden ceremonial cave, ride a zip line, and float on a tropical river. At journey’s end, extend your adventure in mystical Tikal, with its towering stone pyramids.
This trip combined an eclectic mix of activities and locales which made it very interesting and enjoyable. Turneffe Resort was fabulous. The inland Belize sites were very interesting with plenty of active activities. the Guatemala Highlands extension was a real highlight.
— Patrick T., Danville, CA
Turneffe Island Resort / Belize Barrier Reef
In the pristine waters of Turneffe Atoll, we’ll enjoy world-class snorkeling above exquisite coral gardens, including the geological wonder of the Blue Hole, discovered by Jacques Cousteau. Our resort, the only one on the island, has a breezy Caribbean style, wonderful fresh seafood, and opportunities to sea kayak, sail, or simply relax.
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
We’ll explore the New River, watching for birdlife, including flashy kingfishers, on our journey upriver. The jungle-shrouded ruins of Lamanai rise straight out of the rainforest, and alongside a nearby lagoon is our welcoming lodge, with howler monkeys scampering overhead. Visit the ancient ruins of a major Maya city, discover the wetlands by pontoon boat, and have the option of an evening excursion with researchers to tag crocodiles.
A scenic charter flight brings us to the Maya Mountains, and from our lodge, we’ll swim and hike our way through Actun Tunichil Muknal, a unique cavern system. Nature hikes, a zip line through the treetops, and a chance to float on the Caves Branch River fill our adventurous days. Depart on Day 9.