Step away from your daily routine to a special place in the sun. Imagine some soul-recharging beach time, but with added cultural experiences that give you a look at what life is like in Belize. Explore some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover remote villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Introduce yourself to a different pace of life in Belize.
Arrival transfer. Lamanai ruins guided tour. Visit to the Cayo Women’s Co-op with local lunch. Visit to a hot sauce factory. Garifuna drumming lesson and show. Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant. Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
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
Group Size Notes
Max 16, Avg 12
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
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.
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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 enjoying the local wildlife.
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.
Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
Women’s Co-op and Local Lunch
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 4: San Ignacio (1B)
Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens, or go 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 with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens or go 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.
Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce Factory Visit
Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 7: Hopkins (1B)
Enjoy the day in the laid-back village of Hopkins. Opt to visit nearby palmed Tobacco Caye and do some snorkelling, visit 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.
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.
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.
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.