World-Class Snorkeling and Maya Temples

Overview

How can one tiny country have such an amazing diversity of environments? From the dazzling warm waters of Belize’s Barrier Reef to jungle-draped Maya ruins, our active adventure is an unforgettable experience of them all. Enjoy phenomenal snorkeling among tropical fish and vibrant corals, just minutes from our enchanting resort on Turneffe Atoll, a World Heritage Site. Boating down a jungle-lined river reveals Lamanai, where 10-story-high Maya temples emerge from the forest. And amid the nature reserves of the Maya Mountains, you’ll explore a hidden ceremonial cave, ride a zip line, and float on a tropical river. At journey’s end, you can extend your adventure to experience mystical Tikal and its towering stone pyramids.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Turneffe Island Resort / Belize Barrier Reef

In the pristine waters of Turneffe Atoll, you’ll enjoy world-class snorkeling over 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 or just relax and watch the tropical sunset.

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Day 5-6
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

For a total change of environment, we glide up the New River, watching for birdlife, including flashy kingfishers, along the lush banks. At a bend in the river, the jungle-shrouded ruins of Lamanai rise straight out of the rainforest, and just beside a nearby lagoon is our welcoming lodge, with howler monkeys scampering overhead. We explore the atmospheric ruins of a major Maya city, discover the wetlands by airboat, and have the option of an evening excursion with researchers to tag crocodiles.

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Day 7-9
Maya Mountains

Aerial views are fantastic on our charter flight to the Maya Mountains. From Pook’s Hill Lodge, you’ll swim and hike your way through Actun Tunichil Muknal, a unique riverside 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 or join our extensions to Tikal or the Guatemala Highlands.

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Highlights

Highlights

Snorkel from Turneffe Island Resort on Belize’s Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole
Discover the mysterious stone temples of Lamanai
Cave hiking, swimming, river floats, nature hikes in the Maya Mountains
Ride a zip line through the jungle
Extend your journey to magnificent Tikal or the Guatemala Highlands

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5395  
Arrive: Belize City
Depart: Belize City
Lodging: 8 nights in hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Snorkeling, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Rainforest hikes, nature walks, river swims, snorkeling, zip lines