The small country of Belize offers adventurous travelers a remarkable variety of experiences. Nowhere else can you find such a dazzling blend of nature and history - vast rainforests, pristine barrier reefs, magnificent Maya ruins and fantastic tropical wildlife.
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ARRIVE BELIZE CITY / POOK’S HILL
Your Belize adventure tour after you fly independently to the Belize International Airport, Meet a representative from Pook’s Hill and travel west to the Cayo District of Belize. The friendly staff and guides assist you in settling into your charming thatch-roof cottage in the rainforest. Overnight at Pook’s Hill. (D)
POOK’S HILL: CAVE TUBING & ZIPLINE TOUR
Following breakfast, join your guide for a leisurely float through caves and majestic jungle on inner tubes. A short hike through the jungle brings us to the “put-in” to the Cave’s Branch River with our inner tubes. From there, enjoy a float through a series of caves with glimpses of the towering rainforest in between. This cave trip is a fun-filled tour for all age groups. Following this adventure, we will then proceed to the rainforest canopy zipline. This is a thrilling opportunity to soar through the jungle treetops high above the forest floor. A short hike up into to rainforest leads us to the first of 5 platforms where you begin our exciting trip back down through the jungle canopy. Overnight at Pook’s Hill. (B,L,D)
POOK’S HILL: MACAL RIVER CANOEING & XUNANTUNICH
Enjoy a morning of canoeing on the Macal River with a naturalist guide. Paddle leisurely down this beautiful tropical river observing a variety of birds and animals, including huge iguanas sunning themselves on tree branches overhanging the river, cormorants and kingfishers. Stops are made often all along the river as there is much to see! Canoeing is followed by lunch at a local Belizean restaurant. In the afternoon, cross the Mopan River via a hand-winched ferry at the Maya Village of San Jose Succotz for a visit to Xunantunich, Belize’s most accessible Maya site of significance. The site’s dominant structure, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor, making the views from the top superb, with forest stretching out all around and the rest of the ancient city mapped out beneath you. This Late Classic site is the largest in the Belize River Valley and the longest established archaeological site in Belize. The hilltop location provides a panoramic view of house mounds, pyramids, palaces and three ceremonial plazas. The largest pyramid is decorated with friezes and masks in the Classic style. Return to the lodge with time to relax, work on journals or enjoy the surroundings before another home-cooked dinner. Overnight at Pook’s Hill. (B,L,D)
POOK’S HILL / PLACENCIA – TURTLE INN
Enjoy a jungle hike to learn about medicinal plants before a final exploration of this rich area. Depart Pook’s Hill for the coastal town of Placencia and the incredible Francis Ford Coppola property, Turtle Inn. On the beaches of southern Belize’s Placencia Peninsula, near a charming Creole fishing village, is the luxurious Turtle Inn. Each of the villas and cabanas were designed like traditional Balinese thatched huts and overlook lush gardens. With large screened decks, ample living space and beautiful furnishings, Turtle Inn is the perfect base for exploring Belize’s Barrier Reef. If you choose not to swim in the warm ocean water, complimentary kayaks and beach bicycles are available. You stay in the personal family villa of Francis Ford Coppola – the Pavillion Villa. (B,L,D)
TURTLE INN : BELIZE BARRIER REEF
Spend a day snorkeling at one of the nicest beaches in Belize. There is time for an easy snorkeling activity to become familiar with your equipment before setting off for the pristine coral reefs of the Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Some of the fish you are likely to see include rainbow parrotfish, Nassau grouper and spotted eagle ray along with brilliantly colored small fish such as angelfish, butterflyfish and wrasse. This afternoon, snorkel among the mangroves at a terrific location in protected waters. There are several interesting restaurants in the village, so dinner tonight is on our own. Overnight at Turtle Inn. (B,L)
TURTLE INN: MONKEY RIVER
Join a local Belize tour guide to explore Monkey River by boat, observing howler monkeys, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles and many other species of wildlife. Your experienced guide takes you through mangrove estuaries at the edge of the lagoon, home of the manatee, and for a hike through the rainforest to view families of howler monkeys. On the return downriver, stop in the village of Monkey River for a traditional Creole lunch. Return to the lodge for more exploration, or perhaps a wonderful spa treatment! Overnight at Turtle Inn. (B,L)
Enjoy a free day to explore and enjoy Turtle Inn and the surrounding area. Optional excursions are available and may be booked directly at the Inn. Overnight at Turtle Inn. (B)
TURTLE INN / PLACENCIA / BELIZE CITY / HOME
Breakfast is early and then we say goodbye to our extended Belize family and fly from Placencia to Belize City. Upon arrival, we check in for our international flight. (B)