Day 1: Belize City
Arrive at the airport, & transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Belize City – Lamanai – Belize City
After breakfast this morning, begin the journey to the ancient Maya civilization of Lamanai. On the way, you’ll enjoy a boat ride up the New River, a natural habitat for crocodiles, hawks, howler monkeys, falcons, & the lily pad-walking Jacana bird. Highlights of the archaeological site include the Mask Temple, the Jaguar Temple, & the climbable High Temple. Enjoy lunch before returning to Belize City today.
Day 3: Belize City – Caves Branch River – Maya Center
Get ready for a day full of excitement & adventure! Visit the Belize Zoo, & see the peculiar-looking Baird’s tapir. The zoo is also home to a variety of other mammals, reptiles, & birds. Check out the spotted jaguar, the colorful Scarlet Macaw, & the venomous Coral snake. Discover fascinating natural formations on a cave tubing adventure along the Caves Branch River. For lunch, enjoy traditional Belizean cuisine. Other highlights today include a hike through the jungle to learn about its plant life & its importance in the age of the Maya civilization. Later today, head to the village of Maya Center for dinner & an overnight stay.
Day 4: Maya Center – Cockscomb Basin – Maya Center
Discover the lair of jaguars, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. This natural reserve is known worldwide as the first area to be designated a sanctuary for the near threatened jaguar. Explore the reserve, & observe its native flora & fauna, which includes hundreds of other wildlife in addition to its jaguar population. Pumas, Keel-billed toucans, & ocelots name a few. Head back to the village of Maya Center for lunch & a special cultural exhibition. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 5: Maya Center – Dangriga – Belize City – Caye Caulker
Visit the town of Dangriga, & learn about the Garifuna people. Enjoy a visit to Studio Gallery Cayetano, where you’ll learn about the famous Garifuna figure, Pen Cayetano, & the beginning of Punta Rock music. Before leaving Dangriga, experience the tastes of Garifuna tradition with a special meal at lunchtime. Upon arrival in Belize City, board the boat for Caye Caulker.
Day 6: Caye Caulker
Spend the next two days on the warm & sunny island of Caye Caulker. Enjoy an exciting snorkeling adventure this morning, & spend the remainder of the day at leisure afterward. There are many fun activities to choose from, including fishing & watersports. Or, you may choose to simply relax on Caye Caulker’s sandy shores.
Day 7: Caye Caulker
Enjoy another day on the island, under the warm Caribbean sun.
Day 8: Caye Caulker – Belize City – USA
Fly to the airport in Belize City, & board return flight to the USA.