Explore Belize

National Geographic Journeys, Belize City to Caye Caulker

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Whether relaxing on the beach or immersing yourself in the local culture, refresh your spirit on a 10-day adventure in Belize. Explore some of best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take part in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover a monkey sanctuary and remote jungle villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Leave your to-do list at home, and slow down to the pace of this special place in the sun.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla-Making Lesson, San Ignacio National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance, Hopkins G Adventures for Good: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch, San Ignacio Carte Blanche: San Ignacio Carte Blanche: Caye Caulker
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lamanai ruins guided tour
  • Tour a hot sauce factory
  • Visit Belize Tropical Education Center
  • Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the jungle-set mayan ruins of lamanai
  • Enjoy a traditional cayo lunch at a women's cooperative in san antonio
  • Learn how to drum with a lesson at the lebeha drumming center
  • Taste the difference at marie sharp's hot sauce factory
  • Chill out and enjoy the tropical island vibe on caye caulker

Itinerary

Day 1 Belize City/Burrell Boom Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to arrive at any time to the Belize City airport where you will be met and transferred to our hotel near Burrell Boom village, which is about 30 minutes from the airport. Additional Notes: Hotels vary greatly throughout Central America and even within Belize depending on the location. We do our best to pick comfortable accommodations, but in remote places, options can be limited. It also is important to remember that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Belize (even in upgraded hotels). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. The heat and humidity of Belize may affect you upon arrival. You may have a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm; it is simply your body’s reaction to the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water (cold bottled water is available everywhere) and do not attempt too much in any given day. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 2 Burrell Boom (1B, 1L) Enjoy a full day excursion to the Lamanai ruins, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of over 800 structures surrounded by lush jungle. Return to our lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds to spot local wildlife. Included Activities: Lamanai Ruins Guided Tour
Day 3 Burrell Boom/San Ignacio (1B, 1L) The town of San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River. It is a perfect location to visit the surrounding countryside. All activities here are optional, so the choice is yours: explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, containing relics dating back 1400 years, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. Included Activities: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch Tortilla-Making Lesson Howler Monkey Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 4 San Ignacio (1B) Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside. There are several activity options including an exploration of the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visiting the butterfly gardens, and tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.
Day 5 San Ignacio (1B) Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside. There are several activity options including an exploration of the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visiting the butterfly gardens, and tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.
Day 6 San Ignacio/Hopkins (1B) This is your chance to visit a part of Belize that has not yet hit the well-trodden tourist trail. Opt to rent a bike to explore the area or enjoy talking to the locals in what some call the friendliest village in Belize. Included Activities: Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory Visit Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Hopkins (1B) Enjoy the day in the laid-back village of Hopkins. Opt to visit the palmed Tobacco Caye nearby and do some snorkelling, venture to a wildlife sanctuary, or explore the area by bicycle.
Day 8 Hopkins/Caye Caulker (1B) Caye Caulker is a long thin limestone caye off the coast of Belize. Fewer than 2,000 people live here full-time – an eclectic mix of Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mennonites, along with a few hippies and retirees. The main street is a sandy pathway and people get around on foot, by bike or golf cart. Apart from eating some sensational seafood (lobster is a local specialty), the main activity is snorkelling and boating along the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. Additional Notes: Caye Caulker is very small and has a limited number of accommodations available. For this reason, we often use different hotels, depending on the departure and time of year. Accommodations are a bit rustic, and rooms will have ensuite, electricity and hot water, but due to the remote location, there may be occasional interruptions to these services. The stunning location and natural beauty of this off-the-beaten-track island more than make up for a few minor inconveniences. Included Activities: Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Caye Caulker (1B, 1D) The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures.
Day 10 Caye Caulker (1B) Should you wish to have additional post nights in Caye Caulker or Belize City, please ask your sales CEO. Additional Notes: This trip finishes on Caye Caulker, which is located one hour by water taxi from Belize City (an additional 30 minutes by taxi to the airport). There are frequent ferry departures between 7:30am and 5:00pm. You can purchase your return ferry ticket easily once you get to Caye Caulker. Included Activities: Departure Day
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