Belize,

Belize Ultimate Reef and Rainforest

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From £2975
GEOIP Not Available
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Culture and Archaeology
Luxury
Off The Beaten Track
Photographic

Tour Introduction

12 Days from £2975
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

This tour of Belize offers excellent opportunities to discover stunning remote rainforests, and the beautiful barrier reef, whilst staying in three superb sustainably focused lodges with wonderful onsite facilities and tours available.

Full Itinerary

Price from £2975
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double/king rooms
Day 1
Macal River

Land in Belize around midday. Be met and transferred by road 2.5 hours to Black Rock Lodge. Enjoy an evening walk around the grounds and your first dinner. Accommodation is in a Riverview Cabin.

Staying at Black Rock Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 2
Macal River

After breakfast enjoy one of the onsite or offsite activities such as birding hikes, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, yoga, caving, horseback riding or visiting Mayan Ruins. Accommodation is in a Riverview Cabin.

Staying at Black Rock Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Macal River

Enjoy another day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a Riverview Cabin.

Staying at Black Rock Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Toledo

After breakfast transfer by road for 20 minutes to San Ignacio airstrip. Catch a flight to Punta Gorda. Be met and transferred by road to Copal Tree Lodge. Accommodation is in a King Jungle Suite.

Staying at Copal Tree Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Toledo

Enjoy a day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a King Jungle Suite.

Staying at Copal Tree Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Toledo

Enjoy a day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a King Jungle Suite.

Staying at Copal Tree Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Hopkins

After breakfast transfer by road to Punta Gorda airstrip. Take a short flight north to Dangriga. on arrival at Dangriga airstrip you will be met and transferred 40 minutes to Hopkins to check in to Hamanasi Dive Resort. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or exploring Hopkins village. Accommodation is in a Beachfront Suite.

Staying at Hamanasi Dive Resort . Includes Breakfast.

Day 8
Hopkins

Enjoy a day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a Beachfront Suite.

Staying at Hamanasi Dive Resort . Includes Breakfast.

Day 9
Hopkins

Enjoy another day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a Beachfront Suite.

Staying at Hamanasi Dive Resort . Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
Hopkins

Enjoy another day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a Beachfront Suite.

Staying at Hamanasi Dive Resort . Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
Hopkins

Enjoy another day at leisure or doing some of the onsite or offsite adventures. Accommodation is in a Beachfront Suite.

Staying at Hamanasi Dive Resort . Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Depart Belize

Fly back to Belize City in the morning and check-in for your international flight home.

Staying at In-Flight. Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Belize South Belize

Copal Tree Lodge

Overview

Copal Tree Lodge is a prime example of agritourism-chic. A remote paradise nestled in the hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize, the lodge is alongside a large eco-farm and within a 12,000 acre nature reserve. The stunning spacious detached suites provide privacy and the ability for total relaxation.
The lodge prides itself with offering world-class hospitality, whilst encouraging guests to immerse themselves within the local community through activities involving Belizean cuisine and culture, wildlife tours and fly-fishing.

The farm is seen as the heart of Copal Tree, providing over 70% of the food served at the lodge, and working towards their mission of creating economic stability in Belize through agriculture by employing local workers and ensuring fair pay and good working conditions. Guests are encouraged to explore the gardens, gaining an insight into the ethos of the lodge. There is also a unique jungle funicular tram to take guests to the river from the lodge’s hilltop position.

In the winter 2017, the lodge added to its agronomic expertise by introducing the Copal Tree Distillery. As part of the new initiative, the distillery has begun combining heirloom sugar cane and spices grown on the property to create a premium spirit that will be aged and bottled in the heart of the rainforest. The new craft distillery will utilise high quality inputs and natural rain water to produce Coppalli Rum, available starting in June 2018. Copal Tree Distillery is designed to operate as a zero-impact system, powered by sustainable regenerative biomass and supporting the full-circle conversion of production waste into agricultural inputs. Guests will be able to taste Copal Tree Distillery’s newest rum exports at the lodge’s rum bar, where they can sip and savour a variety of cocktails made from local ingredients.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
17
Facilities

The Main Lodge in the center of the grounds hosts the Jungle Farm Restaurant (where all meals are served, mainly using produce grown on site and serving local Belizean cuisine), Rum Bar (a relaxing area to unwind with a cocktail and snack in the early evening, or read magazines and play board games during the day), spa, swimming pool, lounge areas and observation decks boasting incredible views of the coast, extensive rain forest and the Maya mountains.
Each of the 16 suites offers complementary wifi and laundry services, and is adorned with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and ceiling fans, bathrobes, hairdryer and safety deposit box. Ridge suites additionally have their own private outdoor bath tubs and access to an exclusive infinity pool and wet bar. There is also one three bedroom villa which is ideal for families or small groups.

Local Wildlife

Copal Tree Lodge’s jungle surroundings make it a great birdwatching destination, and the available birding tours run by local experts provide great opportunities to see the regions impressive variety of birdlife. The grounds include reliable places to see the ornate hawk eagle, and hummingbirds, Trojans and toucans can also be expected. It’s likely you will also hear the Howler Monkeys calling. Hikes through the jungle could bring you close to various mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and tracks of larger mammals such as jaguars and tapirs are often found. Due to the lodge’s location upon the Caribbean coast, there is also an impressive offering of marine life to be seen. Diving and snorkelling tours on the Belize Barrier Reef provide viewings of tropical fish, rays, eels, turtles and much more. Alternatively, the lodge’s agricultural heart means that guests can visit their chickens and rare breeds of pig!

Optional Activities

The available activities largely fall into two different categories: wildlife based or centring around the agritourist ethos. For those interested in the former, there are many different birding walks, or general hikes through the lodge’s nature reserve. Additionally, the marine life of the Belize barrier reef can be experienced via a snorkelling or diving excursion. For the latter, there are ‘farm to table’ tours around the on-site farm, and ‘bean to bar’ or ‘bean to cup’ workshops featuring two famous Belizean products: chocolate and coffee. Alongside these on site activities there are many cultural and culinary excursions to local attractions such as visiting the Rio Blanco waterfalls or Mayan villages and ruins, fly fishing excursions and even zip lining. Whilst these activities are individually priced, complimentary on site activities include use of canoes and kayaks, unguided hikes around the reserve and the use of mountain bikes. Copal Tree Lodge is a family-friendly resort and this is reflected in the presence of several activities tailored for children, such as kids farm tours or river fishing excursions. For those looking for a more relaxing pastime, the onsite spa offers a variety of massage and beauty treatments focused around the use of the local fauna and its medicinal properties. All products used are made locally and primarily derived from the rainforest.

Belize

Black Rock Lodge

Overview

This wonderful sustainable jungle lodge allows total immersion in the wilderness of the stunning Cayo District. The cabins are dotted around the lush grounds and connected by a network of pathways. Each of them display artwork created by local artisans and craftspeople. They all include an en-suite bathroom, screened windows and hammocks upon private terraces to allow for complete relaxation in the forest.

The main building provides incredible views of the Macal River, and hosts the lodge’s restaurant. The onsite restaurant serves both local and international cuisine, using produce grown organically on-site. The bread is regularly made onsite too. The service is personal, genuine and excellent – nothing is too much trouble. Dinner is a set meal and served communally, while breakfast and lunch are a la carte. The food is wholesome, unpretentious and delicious.

A whole host of activities and tours are on offer, giving the option to either relax in the peaceful jungle setting or venture out into the district and visit many of its famous local attractions. There are incredible opportunities to encounter rare and exquisite birdlife, making the lodge a perfect choice for the keen birdwatcher.

The lodge’s sustainable ethos is implemented via its methods of clean energy production, sustainable farming and waste disposal. Electricity is generated by a hybrid hydro/solar system, water comes from a mountain spring, waste water is recycled, and the organic vegetables are grown on site using restaurant compost. The focus on conservation gives Black Rock the feeling of an authentic wildlife lodge.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
20
Facilities

A floating dock upon the Macal River encourages swimming in the refreshing water, whilst there is also a spring water swimming pool and a quiet yoga studio with stunning views.

Local Wildlife

Particularly suited to birding enthusiasts, the lodge’s jungle setting makes it the perfect site to observe around 300 local bird species. Early morning guided walks allow sightings of Toucans, Parakeets and Woodpeckers, whilst night walks often encounter Owls, Nightjars and Potoos. The wild setting facilitates chance viewings of many species, and due to the elevated position of the lodge there are also frequent raptor sightings. The Macal River is home to many tropical fish species such as Tubah, Kyato and Bottary, as well as Freshwater Turtles. The clear jade-green waters allow excellent sightings of these. Additionally, the wetland areas of the grounds (explored during night walks) is home to many species of amphibians and snakes.

Optional Activities

Black Rock Lodge offers an abundance of activities to make your forest experience as memorable as possible. Guided or unguided walks around the lodge’s six miles of forest tracks offer an option to suit everyone with both night and day birdwatching tours available. Alternatively, canoeing tours on the river can be arranged, as can river tubing, horse riding and mountain bike trails through the jungle. There are a wide range of organised tours available (including visits to Mayan Caves and the nearby Vaca Falls), the variety of which ensure that guests can make the most of their time in the fascinating Cayo District.

Belize South Belize

Hamanasi Dive Resort

Overview

A superb reef and rainforest option if you dream of being amongst the best of both worlds. Hamansi is an award winning eco resort on a 12-mile stretch of beach in the South of Belize set amongst 21 acres of coastal forest, ideal for scuba divers, snorkellers, couples and honeymooners. The lush gardens combined with the beautiful stretch of white sand, turquoise waters, and scattered palm trees makes it feel like the garden of Eden.

Room types on offer include nine stunning tree houses on stilts in the forest, two honeymoon suites, eight beachfront rooms and two beachfront deluxe rooms.

No matter what level, guests benefit from its exceptional friendly 5-star PADI Gold Palm Resort dive operation. There are various different packages available whilst the staff are flexible with what they include and where you would like to explore underwater.

Hamanasi are also focusing on their sustainability initiatives so for any guests looking for an environment conscious lodge this ticks the box. They have developed an Environmental Management Policy that the staff strive to carry out daily and are proud to boast that they were recognized by the Belize Tourism Board for being the first beach resort in Belize to be Green Globe Certified.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
21
Facilities

You can dine in the elegant surroundings of the onsite restaurant Singanga under the magnificent trusses inside the Great House, on the veranda or al fresco on the deck. The food is delicious, using local organic ingrediants as much as possible, and dishes come well presented.

Paddle boards and kayaks are available for use on the beach along with bikes onsite to use. For relaxation at the resort you could enjoy a drink by the fresh water pool, get a massage at the beach or take a nap in one of the hammocks found throughout the resort.

Local Wildlife

From Toucans to Parrots to Laughing Falcons, you will have the opportunity to view some of the 600 species of birds in Belize from Hamanasi or on one of the Bird tours.

The pristine Southern Barrier Reef offers several different snorkeling sites for beginners and experienced snorkelers. With visibility usually ranging between 60 ft/18/m to 100ft/30m snorkelers love Belize's shallow reefs, channels and gentle currents where they often have close encounters with eagle rays, tarpon, cleaner fish, stingrays, octopus and even dolphins.

Optional Activities

The lodge offers a weekly diary of inland excursions, some strenuous, others easier. For instance, on Monday it’s the rigorous Mayflower Jungle & Waterfall Hike; Tuesday and Thursday you could join the Jungle River Canoeing/Kayaking tour, rated easy to moderate. Zip-lining, cave tubing, horse riding, Mayan ruin visits and a range of other specialty adventures are also offered. Marine-wise, opt for a dive trip to the reef or a boat trip to snorkel some great sites.

Route Map

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Hamanasai Adventure & Dive Resort: 16.840027, -88.272671
Black Rock Lodge: 17.152279, -89.080023
Copal Tree Lodge: 16.166465, -88.812093

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Flights via USA

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

We got back from Belize safely last Friday after a most excellent trip during which all your arrangements for us worked like clockwork… Thank you for a great trip, wonderfully well arranged.

Mr & Mrs N R - Devon