The Rainforests, Ruins, Mountains and Islands of Belize

15 Days from £3160 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
15 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Off The Beaten Track

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 a 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.

Itinerary

Price from £3160 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London. Arrive Atlanta

Hotel stay is not included in the price of this itinerary

Staying at Airport Hotel. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Fly to Belize

Board flight to Belize City then 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.

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

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 4 - Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

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.

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge

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

Staying at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - 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 Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - 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.

Staying at Hidden Valley Inn. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mayan Mountains

Free 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 9 - Mayan Mountains

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 10 - South Water Caye

Drive 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.

Staying at Pelicans Pouch. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - South Water Caye

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 offshore allowing fabulous wall dives.

Staying at Pelicans Pouch. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - South Water Caye

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

Staying at Pelicans Pouch. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - South Water Caye

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Staying at Pelicans Pouch. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Belize City

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

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 15 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Belize City

Best visited:
Januaryto May

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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Upgrade to the Birdwalk Cabanas at Pook’s Hill, enjoy a little more space and be at eye level with the forest wildlife.

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