The Natural History Highlights of Belize

15 Days from £3565 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
15 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
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Designed for those desiring a high degree of comfort and a relaxed, leisurely pace, this Belize natural history holiday takes in three of the best establishments and locations to be found there. The enthralling combination of Maya ruins, rainforest, rivers, lagoons, barrier reef and coral islands gives a profound insight into the many facets which can make Belize one of the world’s most rewarding destinations.

Itinerary

Price from £3565 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Note: Airport Hotel stay not included in price

Staying at Airport Hotel. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Board flight to Belize City then transfer by road north to the small Mayan community of Shipyard. There you will board a boat with a naturalist guide to travel along the beautiful New River (offering excellent wildlife viewing along the way) to your lodge on the banks of the New River Lagoon. The lagoon and its waterways are fringed by gallery rainforest and hold a wide variety of waterfowl, raptors, bats, mammals, reptiles and other wildlife, many species being in surprisingly large numbers and altogether providing many hours of excellent nature viewing. Nearly 400 bird species have so far been recorded at the lodge and the surrounding forest is home to a large population of black howler monkeys. Jungle cats such as the ocelot and jaguar are some of the more elusive residents.

Staying at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Day to enjoy your choice of two guided activities: canoeing, night boat safari, nature walking and visiting the Maya ruins.

Staying at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Day to enjoy your choice of two guided activities: canoeing, night boat safari, nature walking and visiting the Maya ruins.

Staying at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Day to enjoy your choice of two guided activities: canoeing, night boat safari, nature walking and visiting the Maya ruins.

Staying at Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Chan Chich Lodge

Pick up from lodge and drive through miles of rainforest logging roads through the Rio Bravo Conservation Area and Programme For Belize reserve (offering excellent wildlife viewing on the way and probably the best chance to see Jaguar during your tour) to Chan Chich. The luxury lodge is built on the site of a Maya plaza, part of an ancient Maya city and is surrounded by high moist rainforest in which can be seen black howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, parrots, deer, and if lucky, nocturnal cats such as ocelot and jaguarundi. The lodge is also one of the best places to see jaguar in Belize.

Staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Chan Chich Lodge

Free day for independent exploration and optional tours. There are miles of marked and well-kept trails for exploration of the surrounding high moist forest habitat and Maya mounds. Sometimes a night walk or night drive will be scheduled.

Staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Chan Chich Lodge

Day at leisure for optional activities.

Staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Chan Chich Lodge

Day at leisure for optional activities

Staying at Chan Chich Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Placencia

Enjoy a private charter flight over miles of rainforest and follow the coast south, landing at the small beach town of Placencia. The long thin peninsula is in the less visited south of Belize, and boasts the country’s best beach. The waters offshore provide many attractive islands to visit and excellent snorkelling and diving both on the fringing reefs and right out at the reef drop-off. The small fishing village at the southern tip of the peninsula has much local colour and a good choice of small, independently owned restaurants and bars.

Staying at Turtle Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Placencia

Free day at leisure or enjoy optional activities such as snorkelling/diving by boat with lunch on island such as Laughing Bird Cay, Manatee watching, guided excursion to the 120,000 acres Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (the world’s first jaguar reserve), guided excursion to the Lubaantun Maya ruins or boat excursion up the Monkey River to observe jungle wildlife.

Staying at Turtle Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Placencia

Free day at leisure or enjoy optional activities

Staying at Turtle Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Placencia

Free day at leisure or enjoy optional activities

Staying at Turtle Inn. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Belize City

Fly back to Belize City and check-in for flight home. Connect in Atlanta.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Arrive London

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Belize City

Best visited:
January to May

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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As you already need to overnight in the USA en route, why not extend this to give yourselves a city break in New York, Miami or Atlanta?

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Really enjoyed eating traditional Belizian food and the variation between hotels. Every single member of staff we met was friendly, pleasant and helpful and we had a fabulous time. The holiday itinerary fulfilled out brief and our expectations – a big thank you for that.

Mr S H -London

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Chan Chich Lodge: 17.560424, -89.049304
Lamanai Outpost Lodge: 17.766810, -88.653800
Turtle Inn: 16.531166, -88.361428