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Active Belize Adventure

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.

Lush tropical rainforests, mystical Maya ruins and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere—nowhere else in the world can you experience a greater diversity of environments, wildlife and culture than in Belize. Nestled on the coast between Mexico’s southern Yucatán and Honduras, this small Caribbean country is home to over 300 species of birds, Jaguars, thousands of colorful and exotic tropical fish, and countless Maya ruins. The country is a stable, peaceful democracy where English is the primary language and the U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere. The population is small—about 330,000 warm, friendly people who welcome all visitors as honored guests. Our programs are led by superb, local naturalist guides who accompany you throughout your trip, sharing their knowledge of the wildlife and culture. The accommodations are among the finest and are chosen for their superior locations, amenities and natural surroundings. You will be delighted with the meals and the friendly, personal service our expeditions offer. Howler monkeys calling in the high jungle canopy, exotic birds perched on ancient Maya temples, green crystalline rivers and blue Caribbean waters are all part of an unforgettable expedition to Belize. We invite you to discover a tropical paradise where Rainforests, Reefs and Ruins come together to create one of Earth’s most spectacular natural wonders.

It is one of the most interesting and varied travel destinations imaginable. It can satisfy the demands of both casual and dedicated nature lovers, birders, archaeologists, snorkelers, divers, fishermen and hikers. It is great for first-time international travelers, families and individuals who want to escape the stress of everyday life.

Its location makes it a perfect gateway to the neighboring countries of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Whether your interest is in nature, snorkeling, exploring Maya ruins or just relaxing on a secluded island, Belize has it all. Rainforests, Reefs and Ruins—an incredible array of environments.

Daily Itinerary

Active Belize Adventure Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    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)

  • Day
    2

    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)

  • Day
    3

    POOK’S HILL: ATM CAVE

    Today we enjoy an amazing adventure that combines nature hiking, caving, and a magical trip into the Maya underworld, making it one of the most popular adventure tours in western Belize. ATM Cave was named by National Geographic as #1 “Sacred places of a Lifetime” Cave.  A 45 minute hike up the Roaring River Valley and through the rainforest of the Tapir Mountain Preserve leads you to the entrance of the cave where an experienced guide will take you on a journey into ‘Xibalba,’ the Maya underworld. Exploring this geologically fascinating cave is a treat all of its own. You’ll feel like an archaeologist or adventure just discovering this cave for the first time. The main attraction is the Cathedral chamber, which was a Maya ceremonial and burial ground. Pook’s Hill is the nearest lodge to the ATM Cave and offers early morning private tours that provide our guests with the opportunity to get into the cave first without other tourists. Don't foget: This is wet tour with lots of time spent in rivers. You will need closed toes shoes that can get wet and socks. It is a full day of physical activity and may not be appropriate for all people. The official age limit is 12 years or 40” tall. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    4

    POOK'S HILL: BLACK HOLE DROP

    This highly adventurous tour is not recommended for the faint of heart. Begin with a rigorous hike over jungle clad limestone hills that lead up, up and up to the edge of a collapsed cave system with high forest growing out of the center and massive caverns on either end. Your skilled team of guides will prepare you to rappel over the lip of cave and abseil the 300 feet down into the collapsed cavern’s floor. Enjoy lunch in the shade of the forest growing out of the cave before beginning the exciting ascent back up and out into the light. Ladders and ropes will help as you make your way over boulders and up the cave wall. This exciting Belize tour involves a rigorous hike. Paddleboards and kayaks are available, so you may choose to kayak on your own along the reef from the beach and snorkel from your kayak. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    5

    POOK’S HILL / BELIZE CITY / DANGRIGA / SOUTH WATER CAYE

    Enjoy a jungle hike learning about the medicinal plants of this rich area before driving to the coastal town of Dangriga. Meet by our new hosts and travel by boat through clear, protected waters to the picture perfect island of South Water Caye on the Barrier Reef of Belize. South Water Caye is a small island of white sands and coconut palms, and our accommodations are located right at the water’s edge with great snorkeling right from the beach. Meals feature fresh seafood caught on the island along with home-grown vegetables and fruits. This afternoon we have an orientation to the island and the barrier reef. You may swim or practice snorkeling before dinner.  (B,L,D) 

  • Day
    6

    SOUTH WATER CAYE MARINE RESERVE

    Board our boats for a snorkeling excursion to some of the great sites in the calm, protected waters of South Water Marine Reserve, the largest marine park in Belize. The coral is fabulous, and some of fascinating fish we are likely to see include rainbow parrotfish, Nassau grouper and spotted eagle ray. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy more snorkeling right from the beach. If marine water conditions are good, after dinner we snorkel with lights to see how the colors change as the coral opens up. This is truly a remarkable activity and one that opens the door to a terrific marine experience. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7

    SOUTH WATER CAYE

    Enjoy a great day on our tropical island with more snorkeling. Head out to a caye commonly known as Bird Island, where we find magnificent frigatebirds, brown boobies and brown pelicans. Visit the mangroves on Twin Cayes, drifting slowly along to investigate the marine life there.  Mangroves are nurseries for baby sea creatures and we may see baby snappers, barracuda, sea-stars, rays, sergeant majors and sea urchins along with a large number of upside down jellies, which at times cover the sea floor. In addition to these wonderful snorkeling sites, stop at Carrie Bow Caye, the location of the Smithsonian’s marine research facility. Here we learn about the types of research projects continually underway at the station and in the labs. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D) 

  • Day
    8

    DANGRIGA / BELIZE CITY / HOME

    Breakfast is early and then we say goodbye to our extended Belize family and fly from Dangriga to Belize City. Upon arrival, we check in for our international flight. (B)

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Duration
8 Days, 7 Nights
Trip Type
Land

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