World-Class Snorkeling and Maya Temples


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
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.

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Days 5-6
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.

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Days 7-9
Maya Mountains

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.

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Snorkel from Turneffe Island Resort on Belize’s Barrier Reef
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


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5295  
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