Belize,

The Rainforests, Ruins, Mountains and Islands of Belize

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Tailor-Made Tour
13 Days
From £2828
GEOIP Not Available
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Off The Beaten Track

Tour Introduction

13 Days from £2828
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

Belize’s verdant jungles, exotic wildlife, mountain pine forests, hidden waterfalls, mystical Mayan ruins, limestone caves, idyllic islands, colourful coral reefs: all are flavoursome ingredients with which to create this tour of great contrast and diversity. Add to the mix three of our most popular lodges and a night at the amazing Tikal Maya ruins in Guatemala, and you truly have a recipe for a wonderfully memorable holiday in Belize.

 

 

Full Itinerary

Price from £2828
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Belize

Arrive Belize International Airport. Met on arrival and transfer by road along the Western Highway to Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. The small, friendly, family-run lodge surrounds a small Maya plaza with trails leading to the creek and lowland rainforest bordering the Tapir Mountain Reserve. It is also in close proximity to a wealth of ancient Maya archaeological sites - some of which have only recently been opened to the public and which few tourists have the chance to see. Accommodation is in a Double Cabana.

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 2
Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

Day at leisure. The lodge has a network of well-marked rainforest trails to follow and offers complimentary guided morning and night walks with a resident naturalist guide.

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

Day at leisure. Perhaps walk the trails through the 300 acre private reserve, birdwatch to spot some of the 230+ species which inhabit the local rainforest or swim in the cool river. Optional activities available

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

Day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional trip to some of the nearby Mayan ruins.

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Tikal

Early pick up from the lodge for a highlight of the tour: an overnight tour to tikal maya ruins in Guatemala. Perhaps the most impressive Maya site in the region, Tikal was an archrival to Caracol, the main Maya city, now in Belize. The site has been extensively excavated, revealing an impressive number of pyramids, ceremonial plazas and ball courts. The surrounding dense rainforest is rich in birds, other wildlife such as coati and howler monkey, and contains some very tall and ancient trees.

Staying at Tikal Jungle Lodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Mayan Mountains

Wake up early and visit the ruins to see the sunrise through the forest. Cross the border back into Belize and drive into the Maya Mountains to the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Accommodation is in an Estate Suite.

Staying at Hidden Valley Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Mayan Mountains

Day at leisure to explore the 7200 acre private reserve with over 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as many secluded pools and waterfalls, such as 1000 foot Falls and Butterfly falls surrounded by a mixture of pine forest and tropical broadleaf jungle.

Staying at Hidden Valley Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Mayan Mountains

Day at leisure. There is much wildlife inhabiting the property, including coatimundi, grey fox and peccary. Puma and jaguar are also occasionally spotted along the roads and trails. The reserve is also home to 200 species of birds including the beautiful and endangered orange-breasted falcon, the stygian owl and king vultures which nest on the craggy cliffs and soar below a number of the viewpoints.

Staying at Hidden Valley Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
South Water Caye

Pick up from the lodge and transfer south along the Hummingbird Highway to the town of Dangriga. Transfer by boat to idyllic South Water Caye located right on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef (a World Heritage Site). The 15-acre island is known as perhaps the most beautiful of all the reef cayes and is within a designated marine reserve. Around the island, pelicans dive constantly for fish, and frigatebirds soar overhead. Hermit crabs scurry along the beach, which is of coral and pure white, dotted with coconut palms. Accommodation is in Herons Hideaway Cottage.

Staying at Pelican Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
South Water Caye

Day at leisure. There is excellent snorkelling right off the beach, and diving can be arranged from a facility on the island: the reef drops off to 2000ft just thirty yards sawing fabulous wall dives.

Staying at Pelican Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
South Water Caye

Day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional boat tour to Man O War Caye to see the impressive frigate bird and booby rookery?

Staying at Pelican Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
South Water Caye

Day at leisure. Optional activities available.

Staying at Pelican Beach Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Belize City

Pick up from the lodge and transfer by boat back to Dangriga. Catch domestic flight to Belize City.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Belize Barrier Reef and Coral Cays

Pelican Beach Resort

Overview

Located within a designated marine reserve right on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef (a World Heritage Site), the 15-acre island of South Water Cay is perhaps the most beautiful of all the inhabited reef cays. Situated on the lovely southern end of the cay on a coral sand beach adorned with coconut palms, the hotel consists of a main wooden period building, Pelican’s Pouch (once a Convent for the Sisters of Mercy) with five rooms on top and a restaurant below plus five separate wooden cottages comprising eight units. The accommodation is fairly simple and uses sustainable technology such as solar power and captured rainwater. There is excellent snorkelling right off the beach and diving can be arranged at a resort on the island or from the mainland: the reef drops off to 2000ft just thirty yards offshore allowing fabulous wall dives. The resort is owned by a prominent local family, the Bowmans, who once owned the entire island and others nearby; the food is excellent and the Belizean staff are very friendly and quietly efficient.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
13
Facilities

Five separate cabanas comprising eight units: Osprey’s Nest (two rooms, each with double and single beds, shared balcony) shared private dock, sea views; Heron’s Hideaway (for honeymooners, with dbl bed and sea views); Sandpiper Suites (duplex - one dbl, one dbl plus sgl, beach view); Egret’s Escape (first floor unit, dbl bed); Kingfisher Cottage (first floor unit with dbl bed, lagoon and beach views). All have composting loos and hot water showers. The main building, Pelican’s Pouch, has five large first-floor rooms, en suite toilet and basin, shared hot showers on ground floor, east facing verandah with hammocks, restaurant, bar, dining room with large deck. On the property are a boat dock, hammocks, canoes and Lazer sailboats for the use of guests.

Local Wildlife

Snorkelling for eagle rays, stingrays, nurse sharks, tarpon, corals, reef fish; Man ’O’ War Cay for large numbers of roosting magnificent frigatebirds and yellow-footed boobies. Around the island, pelicans dive constantly for fish, frigatebirds soar overhead and hermit crabs scurry along the beach, pure white and fringed by coconut palms. The island’s resident ospreys can be observed hunting for fish and tending their nest above the radio mast.

Optional Activities

Swimming, snorkelling (gear for hire), diving (no dive shop – tanks and gear can come from a mainland operator or nearby resort), canoeing, sailing, boating, birdwatching, bone fishing, drop-line fishing, kite surfing (bring your own gear), exploring the island (you can generally walk anywhere), visiting other islands, mangrove tour, relaxing in a hammock.

Belize West Belize

Hidden Valley Inn

Overview

Hidden Valley Inn is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, part of the remote Maya Mountains of western Belize. Its massive 7200-acre private reserve offers exclusive access to over 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails through a mixture of pine forest and tropical broadleaf jungle to secluded pools and waterfalls. Much wildlife inhabits the property, including 200 species of birds. There are 12 cottages set within beautiful gardens, each with mahogany furnishings, ceiling fans, screened windows, en-suite bathrooms with hot water, and a brick fireplace for cool evenings. In the main building are lounge, bar and swimming pool with Jacuzzi. Hummingbird feeders attract many species to the gardens, where plenty of other birds can also be seen.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

90 miles of private forest reserve trails, walked only by the lodge guests; bar; restaurant; yoga platform; lookout decks; lounge area; pleasant pool area.

Local Wildlife

The lodge is very proud of its “Big Five” resident birds: king vulture, stygian owl, black and white eagle hawk, orange-breasted falcon and solitary eagle. All can be seen on the property, some more easily than others. Other wildlife includes peccary, coati, tapir, grey fox, white tailed deer, ocelot, margay, puma and jaguar – the cats have been seen, but rarely. Note: the pine forest has been badly affected by the parasitic bark beetle and numerous forest fires and is in the process of regeneration. The lower altitude broad leaf jungle, however, is in perfect condition, offering a distinct contrast.

Optional Activities

Birdwatching, hiking, swimming, night walks, horse riding, river canoe trips, cave visits, Maya ruin sites, yoga (at three platforms in the forest).

Belize West Belize

Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

Overview

A small, friendly, unpretentious jungle lodge – one of our clients’ most popular – adjacent to the strict Tapir Mountain Reserve and owned and run by the same family for many years. It retains its original low-key ambience and enjoys a spectacular position on a ridge above Roaring Creek river. The lodge is built in an ancient Maya plaza which has been lovingly restored. There is a private reserve with trails down to the river where you can enjoy river tubing.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
11
Facilities

Eleven thatched cottages including two Birdwalk cabanas (No.10 & 11) accessed by walkway below the main lodge, which are the largest and most private of the rooms. The others are standard cabanas dotted around the grounds. Restaurant, bar/lounge area with small library; on-site naturalist birding guide; private reserve with trails; hot water; PC available free in the office.

Local Wildlife

Mainly birds, including rare hummingbirds which feed on the flowering trees in the gardens. Excellent birding can be had in the lodge grounds during the early mornings.

Optional Activities

Canoeing; butterfly farm; Tikal (Guatemala) excursion; Xunantunich Maya ruins; zip-lining; horse riding; excursion to nearby ATM cave – a real adventure with three hours of swimming, wading and walking through a remarkable cave system revealing many weird stalactites and, at the end, a spooky Maya ceremonial chamber with pottery shards and petrified skeletons.

Route Map

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Hidden Valley Inn: 17.098464, -88.942909
Pelican Beach Resort: 16.813865, -88.082264
Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge: 17.154344, -88.851715

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:

Domestic flights within Belize included

Best Visited:

December to May

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

Thank you for putting together an amazing honeymoon. We had a fantastic time and it was great to have all the arrangements so well handled by yourselves. Belize was a perfect destination for us.

Mr B Z - Southampton