This Belizean trip will show you the jungles beauty and the rich Mayan culture. You will visit many ancient Mayan ruins such as Caracol and Xunantunich, in the Mayan mountains. You will see the beautiful water and the caves in the underworld. You will also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy fishing, diving and snorkeling in your beachside hotel.
You arrive in the Belize City airport and get a transfer to your retreat in the Belizean jungle. On the way you will make a stop at the Belize Zoo, where typical Belizean animals live in big natural enclosures. The Belize Zoo is home to a variety of mammals, birds and reptiles as: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, several species of parrots, American crocodiles and boa constrictor. The zoo’s main focus is to educate residents and visitors about the native wildlife of Belize and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.After the visit of the Zoo you go to the jungle lodge. Dinner and overnight in the area of Belmopan.
After breakfast, we move to the ruin of Xunantunich, an ancient Maya site discoverd in 1890’s with Thomas Gann. The name Xunantunich derives from the Yucatec Maya language and means “Stone Woman”, that refers to the ghost of a woman claimed by several people to inhabit the site, beginning in 1892. She is dressed completely in white, and has fire-red glowing eyes.After visit of Xunantunich we move to San Ignacio to have typical lunch. After lunch we will visit the Green Iguana’s conservation Project. The Project uses interactive exhibits and programs to help educate visitors and create awareness among the general public. Here, visitors are given the opportunity mingle with these wonderful reptiles and also, learn the about the incubation, hatching, rearing, and releasing process. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast head to the wild jungle of Belize. We will reach an amazing maya site in the middle of nowhere, its name is Caracol.Caracol is largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize. It is in the Chiquibil Forest Reserve of west-central Belize, just 47 miles from the Mayan city of Tikal (in Guatemala). The name Caracol means “snail” in Spanish and refers to the winding roads leading to the site. Its Mayan name was Oxwitzá -“three hill water” .Caracol’s epicenter, or town, housed about 15,000 people, with 120,000 – 180,000 living in the Caracol “suburbs” – settlements along the paved causeways radiating from the epicenter of Caracol.Caracol was first occupied around 1200 BC, but its epicenter was not populated until around 650 BC, and was abandoned in approximately 950 AD, with the entire site abandoned by 1050 AD. The temple “Caana” (Sky Place) rises 43.5 meters above plaza below and to this day is the largest man-made structure in Belize. It contains four palaces and three temples.More than 100 tombs have been excavated, as well as a rich array of hieroglyphic inscriptions.Pocket lunch directly on the spot. In the afternoon, back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
On this day we will make a wonderful adventure in the jungle.First we will visit the Blue Hole National Park where we can have a fresh bath on the blue clear water. Then we will have a nice trekking to reach the Cristal Cave.The crystal cave in Belize is considered one of the absolute most interesting crystal caves in the world. The crystal cave offers unique cave formations, the crystal is everywhere. The crystal formations covers the walls, floor and ceiling. You will find old Mayan pottery dated from the 400 – 800 century AD. The cave was used for sacrificial ceremonies. You can still see the skeletons of the Mayan sacrificial victims. Something even more special about this cave is the huge amount of wall carvings. Pucket lunch. In the afternoon go to Placencia Peninsula to your next hotel and adventure.
Placencia is well known for its beautiful water and beaches. Placencia is a quiet, small village. It is located on the top of the peninsula. You can enjoy your free days to do some local activities. Or to just relax and walk through the village. You can go fishing, snorkeling or diving, or just relax on the beach and by the hotel pool. You can rent a bike and explore the area by bicycle. The village will offer plenty of different restaurants and bars for you to enjoy in the evening.After breakfast meeting with your guide. Going to the Marina and be ready to do an amazing excursion on the Ranguana Key. Ranguana Caye is a private island just one hour boat ride from the Placencia peninsula. Sun, white beaches and turquoise crystalline sea are the famous ingredients of the recipe to relax and immerse yourself in a complete relax. Far from the civilization, from pollution and caos, here you can find another you. No phones, Internet, Tv, cars…only you watching the sunset on the oceanfront foreshore.Lunch with the fresh fish catched by the fisherman.In the afternoon back to Placencia, Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast and meeting with your guide.Morning dedicated to the visit of the Lagoon of Placencia and the manatee Watching.Known locally as the “sea cow” these creatures have been mistaken in the past for mermaids and sirens! They range in color from grey to brown and have bristle like hairs all over their wrinkly skin. They look like a mixture of an elephant, walrus, pig and seal! But one look at their pleading eyes and gentle faces and you will love them too. Our guided boat ride will take you through lush mangrove, home to incredible local wildlife.Lunch and toward to the visit of the famous spice factory of Marie Sharps.Marie Sharp is famous all over the world for her hot sauce made from the local habanero peppers grown in Belize. Tour her small factory and purchase factory direct gifts to bring home.In 1980, in Belize, Central America, Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces, jams, and jellies while experimenting with fresh Habanero peppers, vegetables, and fruits from her farm. She was overwhelmed with positive feedback and encouragement when neighbors and friends tasted them. That was when she decided to turn it into a family business.Dinner in one of the best restaurant of Placencia Peninsula, overnight in hotel.
On this day we go back to the mountain of Belize.Move to the south of Belize, we reach Ixcacao Chocolate farm. This original Maya chocolatier in Belize offers a fabulous full senses chocolate experience with lots of samples and Maya style hot chocolate and the chance to learn about cacao from the tree to the bar and make your own organic dark chocolate. If you love chocolate, this day will be an amazing culinary experience. Lunch and move back to Belize city. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, short visit of the town of Belize City.Stop at St. John’s Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral. It was built between 1812 and 1820. It is the first church that was built in the colony of British Honduras.The oldest cemetery in the country, Yarborough cemetery, is attached to the church. The British used slave labor to build the church. To build the church, the slaves used bricks brought to Belize as ballast in the hulls of ships sailing from Europe.The church is the oldest surviving building from Belize’s colonial period.You can still find many original paintings and architectural touches. For example the glass windows and the ornate mahogany benches.The church still offers services for the people who is practicing Anglican. The church is without doubt the most beautiful church in Belize.Move to the airport and take flight to your home.