• Belize: Rainforest, Tikal & the Caribbean Islands

Explore the pristine jungles of Belize, Mayan ruins, and idyllic Caribbean islands

Days: 8 | From: $4,290/per person

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb guides

Discover lush rainforest, Mayan ruins, and idyllic Caribbean islands. Explore fascinating archeological sites in and around the Cayo District, then head to the coast to relax on the sparkling beaches and visit the barrier reef of Ambergris Caye.

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At a glance

  • Cayo District
    4 nights: discover fascinating archeological sites
  • Ambergris Caye
    3 nights: explore the sparkling beaches and barrier reef

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Belize!

Chaa Creek - Nature Preserve

Arrive to Belmopan, the capital of Belize, where you will be met by a local guide for your private transfer to western Belize. Your home for the next few days is a thatched cottage in a boutique jungle lodge, set in a hilly section of the rainforest right along the lovely Macal River. The western part of Belize is the country’s best-kept secret: beautiful rainforest, excellent accommodations, and a variety of extraordinary excursions.

Accommodations: Chaa Creek, 4 nights

Chaa Creek is composed of 23 palm-thatched cottages and offers a unique, luxurious base for adventures in the rainforests of Belize. This private, 365-acre nature reserve sits along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Explore the nature trails that wind around the property, and get to know the local wildlife: a diversity of exotic jungle dwellers make their home in the area, including peccaries, jaguars, monkeys, and over 300 species of tropical and migratory birds. The lodge offers a restaurant, spa, infinity swimming pool, butterfly exhibit, organic farm, and horse stables.

*Includes: Dinner

Day 2:

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Chaa Creek - Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Enjoy an adventurous caving trip to Actun Tunichil Muknal, one of the great archeological caving experiences of the Americas. Here, you can journey far into a winding cave filled with relics from ancient Mayan rituals. Prefer to stay topside? There are plenty of other options for exploring the area as well.

Accommodations: Chaa Creek, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Full day trip to the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala

Guatemala - Tikal

Travel over the border into Guatemala to see the ruins of Tikal. One of the most impressive Mayan sites in Central America, Tikal is a sprawling complex of temples and residential structures, with several temples that rise above the jungle canopy, providing sweeping views of the surrounding rainforest environment. The site is also home to a wide variety of jungle wildlife, including monkeys, toucans and many other species. Spend the day exploring the ruins, then return to Belize in the late afternoon.

For an alternative without crossing the border, visit Caracol, an ancient Maya archaeological site located a few hours south of your hotel in the Cayo District. Set in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Caracol was an important political center during the Classic Period, and covered over 75 square miles of territory.

Accommodations: Chaa Creek, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Free day to Explore and Relax

Chaa Creek - Horseback Riding

Enjoy a day to relax and explore the Cayo District and the natural beauty that surrounds your lodge. Options include horseback riding, hiking, canoeing on the Macal River, bike riding, or visiting nearby Mayan ruins. If you would rather have an extra day at the beach, rather than in the Cayo District, an alternative is to add another day to your beach stay rather than here.

Accommodations: Chaa Creek, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Fly out to the Islands

After breakfast, say farewell to Chaa Creek and western Belize. Transfer to the local airport, where a small plane that will fly you out over the turquoise Caribbean sea to the island of Ambergris Caye. Here, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your beach hotel, a beautiful spot located south of the town of San Pedro.

Accommodations: Matachica, 3 nights

Steps away from the sea and the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Matachica is an idyllic secluded refuge for those seeking a reimagined Belizean beach experience. With privacy and relaxation in mind, the property has 32 vibrantly colored individual casitas and villas. Each is topped with an authentic thatched roof and adorned with a personal patio and hammock, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy calming sea views in utmost privacy.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Victoria House
Day 6:

Snorkeling on the Barrier Reef

Victoria House - Snorkeling

Enjoy a full day snorkeling excursion out to the Barrier Reef. You’ll make stops at some of the classic spots and also visit one or two of the islands that dot the reef.

Accommodations: Matachica, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Free Day on Ambergis Caye

Victoria House - Beach

Try out one of the many local activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more. Alternatively, take a day to enjoy the sparkling beaches, serene swimming pools, and on-site spa at your lodge.

Accommodations: Matachica, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Depart for home

Head to the airport in Ambergris Caye, where a small plane will take you on the 30 minute flight to Belize City to connect with your international flight home.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add 3 nights in Placencia, where you can enjoy a variety of activities around this coastal town and its surrounding reef.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Everything went exactly as planned! No problems, amazing service.
    Monica Weaver
  • The trip was really fantastic. It was really a great experience and everything was planned perfectly.
    Gary Kaplan
  • Wonderful. We had a great time.
    Daniel Martin

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