Scuba diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize

Ruins, Reefs and Rainforest: An Essential Belize Vacation

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Belize, Guatemala

Places Visited

Mountain Pine Ridge, Caracol, Tikal, Chan Chich...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

A trilogy of breathtaking landscapes come during this 11-day tour of Belize. Epic Maya ruins rise out of a jaguar populated rainforest, Caribbean islets stand above vibrant coral reefs, and the wilderness captures all of your senses. With over a week amid the rainforest, this luxury vacation celebrates Belize’s allure. All of the adventures are tailored to your energy levels, and the lodges will immerse you in every landscape for an incredible experience.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the legendary Belize Barrier Reef, where sharks and rays hunt near colorful coral
  • Immerse yourself in the rainforest with nearly a week in remote luxury lodges that are surrounded by the sounds and smells of the wild
  • Marvel at the deserted ruins of old Maya cities, including vast Caracol, surreal Tikal, and the grassy relics of Chan Chich
  • Set out on an adventure into the Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves, where a sacrificial skeleton is just one memoir of the ancient Maya civilization
  • Snorkel the pristine reefs with a day at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
  • Discover the rainforest with hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and other adventures
  • Feast your eyes on Belize’s wildlife, from monkeys and birdlife to marine delights
  • Stay in stunning lodge accommodation, where the luxury is complemented by the privacy and setting

Detailed Description

Belize is a country that overwhelms your senses. Beyond sightseeing, you will be immersed in the country’s atmosphere. The experience will be immersive in every way, and the country always surprises its visitors. Landscapes will set the scene, and this handcrafted vacation will lead you to three unique parts of Belize: the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Chan Chich, and Ambergris Caye. Each destination is enhanced by the accommodation. At one lodge, you will be deep in the jungle and across from the ruins of a Mayan plaza. You will also stay at Francis Ford Coppola’s property deep in the country’s oldest national park in addition to a boutique villa on the beach in Ambergris Caye.

Belize is a country without the hordes of tourists that are seen elsewhere in Latin America. As you travel from mountain to jungle to beach, the relative seclusion of your travels will ensure that you get a true feeling for Belize. You will visit Caracol, which is ruined Maya city deep in the jungle. The location’s central pyramid houses four palaces and three temples, including the tallest human-made structure in Belize. You can ascend the steps, gaze over the jungle, and feel how laid-back a country can be.

Caracol is one of your excursions during your first few days. From your hideaway in the rainforest, you can go hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and exploring. On one of the days, you will cross the border to Guatemala, where the Maya ruins of Tikal will be complemented by a guided tour of a coffee plantation. You will then fly to Chan Chich the following day, where the rainforest and the ruins come together seamlessly. Here, you will track jaguar prints and search for rare wildlife in addition to spending a day in the sacrificial caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal.

You will then swap the rainforest for the reef when you spend several nights on Ambergris Caye. No specific activities will be planned for your time on the coast, although there are many potential options, including experiences at the Great Blue Hole. You will depart from Belize City via a short flight between the island and mainland before connecting with your international flight.

Starting Price

$5,000 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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