Belize Private Journey

Reefs and Rainforests

Overview

Snorkel in the clear waters of the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere and enjoy a variety of adventures in the lush forests of the Maya Mountains. Overnights are at Turneffe Island Resort, whose 12 guest rooms and 10 private beach villas are ideally situated a few minutes from the best snorkeling in the Caribbean, and The Lodge at Chaa Creek, voted onto the World’s Best list by Travel & Leisure readers. Optional post-trip extensions include the towering Mayan temples of fabled Tikal, and Guatemala's lovely highland town of Antigua, whose colonial center is a World Heritage Site, the Mayan market village of Chichicastenango, and stunning Lake Atitlán.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Belize’s Barrier Reef

The 200-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the natural wonders of the planet, its warm waters (80 degrees) teeming with intriguing marine life, including fascinating coral formations and hundreds of species of exotic fish. Instead of staying on the coast (with long boat rides to snorkeling sites), we’ve chosen wonderful accommodations at Turneffe Island Resort, set on an idyllic private coral atoll right on the reef, where unbelievably rich snorkeling is just a 10-minute boat ride from the white-sand beaches. In these sheltered waters, many sites are perfect for novice and experienced snorkelers alike. Private beach villa upgrade is available.

Turneffe Island Resort
Barrier Reef, Belize
Days 1 to 4 (4 nights)
Days 2-4
Barrier Reef Snorkeling

From Turneffe Island Resort—the sole accommodation on the entire island—you’ll venture out to snorkel among eagle rays, rainbow-hued parrotfish, black-and-yellow striped angelfish, sergeant majors, and a host of other jewel-bright fish. There’s also a chance of seeing hawksbill, loggerhead, or green sea turtles, playful dolphins, and flying fish. The waters are so extraordinarily clear that a look through your mask reveals a kaleidoscopic world of flamboyant corals in shades from deep purple to brilliant red. A stay at Turneffe also offers the opportunity to visit the legendary Blue Hole, a dive site discovered by Jacques Cousteau and an amazing marvel of nature, with its incredible walls and drop-offs. Additional activities include sea kayaking, a wonderful way to explore the shallow turquoise waters (no previous experience required), bone fishing, or beachcombing along the pristine beaches. At night you’ll dine with other guests on local Caribbean culinary delights like conch, fresh fish, and tropical fruits, then kick back to gaze at the brilliant star-filled sky and the moonlight reflecting on these magical waters.

Turneffe Island Resort
Barrier Reef, Belize
Days 1 to 4 (4 nights)
Days 5-8
Chaa Creek

In the lush forests of Belize, with The Lodge at Chaa Creek as your base, choose from a myriad of outdoor adventures. At the end of each day, relax in your private palm-thatched casita under the lush canopy of the rainforest, or upgrade to one of the various suites on the property. Half-day activities include canoeing on the Macal River, naturalist hikes on Chaa Creek’s picturesque trail network that leads through a 400-acre forest reserve, horseback riding past ancient Maya sites, and a hands-on cooking class. Full-day tours include exploring Xunantunich & Cahal Pech, Maya ceremonial sites in the Belize River Valley, cave tubing and ziplining, or the famous Mayan cave hike Actun Tunichil Muknal, home to the famous “Crystal Maiden.” Depart on Day 8 via Belize City.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Chaa Creek, Belize
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Amazing snorkeling adventures at Turneffe, a delightful resort on its own private atoll
Enjoy activities including canoeing, hiking, ziplining, and visiting famous Mayan ruins
Extensions to Tikal, one of the greatest Mayan archaeological sites in the world, and the Guatemala Highlands
Wonderful nights at the Lodge at Chaa Creek in the Maya Mountains (with optional upgrades)

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Belize City, Belize
Depart: Belize City, Belize
Lodging: 7 nights lodges
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Snorkeling, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Swimming, snorkeling, easy rainforest walks

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