The Rainforests, Ruins, Mountains and Islands of Belize

# Tailor-Made Tour

The Rainforests, Ruins, Mountains and Islands of Belize

13 Days from $3,432 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 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 $3,432 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 Pelicans Pouch. 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 Pelicans Pouch. 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 Pelicans Pouch. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - South Water Caye

Day at leisure. Optional activities available.

Staying at Pelicans Pouch. 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.

Travel Info

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

Area Specialist

Claire Pote

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...

The best holiday we ever had. Thank you for making it amazing.

Miss N B - Devon

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