Why I love Belize
“It's a cliché to say good things come in small packages, but with Belize it just feels right. No bigger than New Hampshire or Israel, Belize doesn't quite fit the mold of Latin America or the Caribbean, but proudly considers itself both. I love the low-key nature of its people and the seamless mix of cultures – Belizean, Creole, mestizo, Garifuna, Maya and even expat. I love the fact that you can be snorkeling on the...” Read More
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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
A 45-minute drive up the Northern Highway, passing through villages and lowlands with many bird species, brings you to Tower Hill, where you'll board a riverboat and head up the New River.While traversing the many creeks and lagoons, you may spot birdlife including hawks, kites and falcons. The river is lined with hardwood trees, orchids and bromeliads, and you might see dainty wading birds called jacanas lightly walking on lily pads while elusive crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for submerged crocodile) rise into view. Once at the site you'll tour the small museum which features many ancient relics found at Lamanai.You'll then embark on a 1.5-mile (2.5km) jungle hike to visit the Temple of the Mask, one of the tallest Mayan pyramids; the stucco mask of the Sun God "Kinich Ahau"; an elaborate carved stellae; and the Temple of the Jaguar Masks. These impressive sites appear to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birds and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.Your guide will point out the copal and ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times. For the jungle hike you will need insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.At the end of the tour you'll have lunch under thatched palapas near the lagoon's edge. After lunch, free time is available for more sightseeing in the rainforest.
Viator Exclusive: Belize City and Altun Ha Mayan S
Meet your fun, knowledgeable guide at your Belize City port or hotel and get ready for an entertaining drive through Belize City and to the Mayan site of Altun Ha. As you pass landmark sites in Belize's biggest city, you'll hear how the city was built built from wealth accrued from the rum and mahogany trades. From the historic, hand-cranked swing bridge over Haulover Creek to St John’s Anglican Church, you'll hear about some of the most important people in the country's history. After spending time in Belize City you'll begin the 1-hour drive (with beverages, in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle) to Altun Ha, a Mayan archaeological site that is one of the most important historic places in Belize. Along the way you'll learn about the culture, flora, and fauna of Belize as you pass through rural Creole villages.Stretch your legs at Altun Ha, an ancient site comprised of two main plazas with 13 temples in a park-like atmosphere. Visitors up for a climb can head up the stairs to the top of the 54-foot (16-meter) central temple for panoramic views of the entire site and the surrounding jungle. After a walk around Altun Ha, you'll have time to sample the local food at a nearby restaurant (own cost) and shop at the gift store before being driven back through Belize City to your port.
Coba Ruins Day Trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya
Coba is an ancient Mayan village in the state of Quintana Roo, located roughly 95 miles (170km) away from Cancun. With more than 50,000 inhabitants, Coba had economic control over the region, trading extensively with other Mayan communities in what today is Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The only access to this once commercial city was through rough stone and plaster roads, known in Mayan as sacbe. Surrounded by two large lagoons, Coba boasts archeological wonders and is home to the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan region: the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, which rises an impressive 140 feet (42 meters) above the rainforest floor. You can climb all the way to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the miles of jungle that surrounds the archeological site. You'll have approximately two hours of free time at the site where you can wander on your own or stick with the professional guide. Bicycles and pedicabs are available for rent (for an additional charge) to take a quick tour of the ruins on wheels! After visiting the site, you'll head to a local restaurant for an authentic Yucatan-style lunch (included in the tour price). After lunch, you'll stop at an authentic Mayan village and interact with its inhabitants. You'll have the opportunity to study the local flora and fauna and learn about Mexican traditions, culture and history directly from the village people. Bring your bathing suit along as you'll also stop at fresh-water sinkhole, where you can take a swim to freshen up!
Shared Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels
Enjoy a hassle-free airport arrival transfer from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) near Belize City to your San Ignacio hotel. This stress-free shared transfer will take you directly to your San Ignacio hotel. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Belize Snuba Adventure Tour from Ambergris Caye
Your tour starts with a short ride to a designated SNUBA site – either Mexico Rocks or Hol Chan Marine Reserve (your choice). Once you arrive, learn how to SNUBA with a 15-minute safety and orientation session from your expert guide. You don’t need lengthy training or diving certification to enjoy this experience! Simply breathe through a regulator attached to a tank above the water by a long hose. When you’re ready, descend to a maximum depth of 20 feet (6 meters) while breathing easily underwater. You’ll be amazed by the pristine surroundings as you discover an abundance of marine life in the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean! If you’re at Mexico Rocks, located midway between Ambergris Caye and its barrier reef, you’ll explore a shallow area of colorful patch reefs and sea grass beds. Or, at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, discover a small channel and protected coral reef with a plentiful variety of tropical reef fish such as snappers, jacks and groupers. Your tour ends with boat transport back to your hotel (additional fuel surcharges may apply).
Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio
Grab your passport and meet your local guide upon pickup from your San Ignacio hotel in the morning. Your day trip begins with an approximate 1.5-hour drive to Tikal National Park, located in Guatemala. Aboard your comfortable coach you'll cross over the border hassle-free! The ruins of more than 3,000 palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts and plazas dot this UNESCO World Heritage Site that once served as a religious, social and political hub for the Maya people. Throughout your visit, your guide shares historical background on the ancient kingdom. Head to Complex Q and R, where you'll see twin pyramids with altars set in front of the temples. Visit the Central Acropolis, a maze of courtyards and smaller temples. Gaze in awe at the great plaza, whose massive Temple — the Temple of the Grand Jaguar — was built to honor and bury King Moon Double Comb. Here, three rooms are located inside the 144-foot (44-meter) temple, whose steep external stairs lead to the top. Take in the sight of Temple IV (the Double Head Serpent), Tikal’s tallest structure at 212 feet (64 meters) high. The intriguing Temple II, commonly known as the Temple of the Masks, also sits in this part of the park near the Great Plaza. The upper frieze was once adorned with gigantic stone and stucco masks!Enjoy a delicious lunch in Tikal National Park before you explore the ruins on your own. Afterward, your guide will transport you back to Belize with drop-off at your hotel in San Ignacio.