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.
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.
— Oleta M., Davis, CA
Days 1-4, Nov 5 - 8, 2016
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.
Day 5-6, Nov 9 - 10, 2016
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.
Day 7-9, Nov 11 - 13, 2016
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.