Adventurous

Cave Tubing

26Jun

Upon arrival at the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, you will be equipped with inner tube, life vest, and head lamp.  You then hike down a trail to the river’s edge.  Your guide will brief you along the way, as you go on a very pleasant and comfortable hike through this pristine broad-leaf rain forest.  At the entrance of the cave, your guide once again briefs you and down stream you go, sitting quite comfortably on your inner tube.  Inside the caves, you will see stalagmites, stalactites and occasionally get a quick sighting of harmless fruit or fish bats.  At the exit of the cave, there’s a delightful down-river float in the open air, through mild rapids, past colorful rain forest and limestone cliffs.

At last, at the end of your cave tubing adventure, dry off and head back to San Pedro with a lovely boat ride back through the Caribbean.

Park fee of $5.00 USD is not included.

Kayaking & Aerial Trek (Full Day)

31Jul

Want to kayak through the cascading falls and breath-taking scenery on the tropical rivers of Belize?  Carve through these class two, three, and four rapids.  Parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers are just some of the river life you are sure to encounter along the way – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.

On the second part of this tour, you get to feel like the king or queen of the jungle by sliding yourself through the rainforest hooked up with cables.  Soar from 50 to 90 feet in the air as you slide 65 to 70 ft distances from one platform to the other.  In this lush jungle setting, home to over 500 species of birds, you’ll experience a rush comparable to that of the grandest amusement park rides.  But, you’re in the heart of mother nature.

Guided by a professional and experienced team, you’ll be zipping through the air, high in the jungle canopy, ending with an awesome 80 foot rappel back to the rain forest floor.

 

*Includes: Round trip by boat, full guided tour, entrance fees, tax, and lunch.   Departs at 7:00am and returns at 5:30pm.   Additional US $25.00 per person for travel by plane.

Minimum of 2 people to confirm.

Blue Hole & Barrier Reef Air Tour

27Jul

Don’t let the divers have all the fun!  See the beauty and wonder of the world’s second largest Barrier Reef and the famous Great Blue Hole from the sky aboard a Tropic Air Cessna Caravan.  This one-hour tour takes you flying over the Caribbean Sea to enjoy some of the most beautiful sites in the world from a bird’s eye view.  Sit back and enjoy as you are shown Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, The Blue Hole, and Half Moon Caye.  You may be able to spot a shark or ray from the comfort and safety of your seat.

Blue Hole:
The Blue Hole is situated about 80km east of Belize City and is close to Lighthouse Reef.  Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the Blue Hole is now a protected natural monument.  From the air, you can see the depth of the water (135m) through the change in color from turquoise to deep azure blue.  This is a spectacular photo opportunity, something you cannot see from the ground.  Caves underlie the entire reef and make for some of the most amazing sights from the sky.

Barrier Reef:
This is the world’s second largest barrier reef.  From the air you will see the wrecks of several ships that have been marooned on the reef.  Flying over Half Moon Caye you can see the lighthouse built in 1820 and may even be lucky enough to see the booby birds.  Here a total of 98 different species of birds have been recorded.  Your tour returns to San Pedro via the Southern Turneffe Islands and up along the main Reef passing over the main islands of northern Belize.

  • #172 plane – $530.00USD – takes 3 passengers
  • Airvan – $909.00USD – takes 7 passengers
  • Caravan- $1941.00USD – takes 11 passengers.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (Full Day)

24Jul

From the reef to the rainforest, your day begins with a flight over to the mainland where breakfast will be served, and then you will travel down the Western Highway and off through a feeder road at Teakettle Village, entering the rich jungle. There, you will gear up for a 45 minute jungle hike through the dense subtropical forest.  Along the way, you will most likely run into some of Belize’s amazing wildlife such as Tapir (the Belize national animal), Howler Monkey, Silky Anteater, and White Tail Deer just to name a few.

And then you reach the entrance of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM).

 

When you arrive at base camp, which is used by the BVAR Archaeological Group, lunch will be served followed by a briefing on the cave. After gearing up with professional cave helmets, lights and water proof bags, you will explore this ancient cave.  Dive into the cave’s entrance and swim through the refreshing and crystal clear cave water into passages filled with jaw-dropping formations.  Guides will educate you about Cave Geology, Mayan Rituals and Ceremonies, and even explore the remnants left and evidence of their activities from centuries ago.  You may discover sacred Mayan fossils, and you just may scream, like you’re living an Indiana Jones movie.

 

Warning!  This tour is not for children afraid of the dark!

 

Remember to bring a change of clothes, water shoes, bug repellent, socks and camera are recommended.

 

Trip includes: Flights, breakfast, guides, lunch , park fees, water, sodas and beer.

2 person minimum.

Aerial Trek & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

22Jul

Enjoy a true bird’s eye view and fly through a tropical jungle!  Soar 65 to 70 feet from platform to platform at heights varying from 50 to 90 feet!  Aerial trekking through these rain forests offers views of Belizean wildlife you can’t get from the ground.  See birds, monkeys, and tropical plant life as you fly past.

Then you are off for cave tubing.  Upon arrival at the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, you will be equipped with inner tube, life vest, and head lamp.  You then hike down a trail to the river’s edge.  Your guide will brief you along the way, as you go on a very pleasant and comfortable hike through this pristine broad-leaf rain forest.  At the entrance of the cave, your guide once again briefs you and down stream you go, sitting quite comfortably on your inner tube.  Inside the caves, you will see stalagmites, stalactites and occasionally get a quick sighting of harmless fruit or fish bats.  At the exit of the cave, there’s a delightful down-river float in the open air, through mild rapids, past colorful rain forest and limestone cliffs.

At last, at the end of your cave tubing adventure, dry off and head back to San Pedro with a lovely boat ride back through the Caribbean.

 

Entrance fee $5.00 not included

Minimum 2 persons

Horseback Riding & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

21Jul

For adventurous people of all ages, the day begins as you take a cruise from San Pedro by boat towards the mainland and up the Belize River.  As you enjoy the early morning sights and sounds on the river, you will be served a light breakfast.  Once at Manatee Lookout,  a private bus will take you along the Western Highway to Banana Bank Lodge, which has the largest equestrian ranch in the country.  Here you will get to ride on horseback through the jungle and along the Mopan River.

Originating in Guatamala, the Mopan inhabits populations of parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, and iguanas.  Kingfishers can be spotted along the banks and in the air, and a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, and epiphytic cactuses accent the wildlife diversity.

After the horseback ride, there will be a thirty minute nature walk where you will get to see a variety of tropical birds, spider monkeys, and Tica the Jaguar.

Then you will head to Jaguar Paw Resort by bus.  At Jaguar Paw, you will have a delightful lunch of local fare.  Then it is time to change into your bathing suit and head up the trail to Mouth of the Caves.  Here you will put on a head lamp and splash into the cool, refreshing waters of the River in an individual inner tube.  Then you begin your float through the cave systems once inhabited by the ancient Mayan people.  Once back at Jaguar Paw, you can change back into dry clothes before we begin the return trip to San Pedro.

This trip includes breakfast, lunch, beer, sodas, rum punch, water, and snacks.

Minimum 8 persons

By plane: additional $25.00 US per person plus cab fare.

$5.00 Us entrance fee is not included.

Xunantunich Ruin & Cave Tubing (Full Day)

18Jul

The ruins of Xunantunich are impressive and remarkable.  About 40 km from the Tikal complex in Guatemala, Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center for the ancient Maya.  From its perch on a natural limestone ridge, visitors enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding area.  From the top, you can see Guatemala.

And though the center is only one square kilometre, Xunantunich is home to 25 temples and palaces, including the second tallest Mayan structure in Belize, the pyramid El Castillo.  The site was the first in Belize opened to the public in 1954, and now it has a world renown on-site museum.

After exploring Xunantunich, you will then travel to jaguar Paw, where you will have an experience people are calling “Magnificent”, “Awesome”, “Amazingly beautiful!”, and “Belizean nature at its best!”

After a short hike through the exotic rainforest, enter an exciting realm where rivers disappear into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to lead the way.  Glide past entrances from above, filtering mists of jungle light as you float through underground river caves sparkling with mica-studded stalactites and stalagmites, filled with 1,000 year old pottery shards, statues of fertility gods, and Mayan footprints.  Continue past an underground waterfall leading into the Crystal Cathedral, a spiritual place used by the ancient Maya.

Includes round trip by boat, tour guides, and lunch. The park fee of $10.00 US is not included.

Minimum 2 persons.

Cave Tubing & Belize Zoo (Full Day)

18Jul

This wonderful day begins as the boat picks you up and makes its way towards the mainland.  Once you reach the mainland, you will cruise up the Old Belize River while enjoying a light breakfast and viewing crocodiles, iguanas, and howler monkeys.  You will also see a rich variety of flora.

Once at Manatee Lodge, you will hop on a private bus taking you to Jaguar Paw, where our guides will take you along a hike through the rainforest featuring exotic flora and fauna.

The hike ends at the periphery of a small gorge.  Here, the more adventurous leap from the edge into the still waters below.  The more faint of heart are led down a side path, to the entrance of a water filled cave, a place of ceremony for the ancient Maya.

Entering it, you’ll understand and feel why the Maya held this place as sacred. The mouth of the cave is like a portal to another world, and the limestone and crystal formations could only be created by Mother Nature.  Floating in your inner tube, you will journey effortlessly through this magical cavern beneath the jungle floor, eyes drawn to recesses of light exposing small oases of sandy beaches.

After floating through the fresh water river, you will return to the lodge, enjoy lunch, and then head towards the world famous Belize Zoo.

The Belize Zoo is called the “Best Little Zoo in the World” for a reason.  The first thing you may notice is the absence of concrete and bars because this zoo is built into a lush tropical savannah.

The zoo exhibits over 125 species of animals, all native to Belize, in a setting so entirely natural that it meets the approval of a wide variety of non-exhibit animals that have also chosen to call it home.

Visitors enjoy a remarkably intimate experience, with guides who are members of the zoo’s small zoo-keeping staff, who, like proud parents or pet owners, gush with intimate love and knowledge of the inhabitants.

But here’s why YOU will love this zoo:

  • Up close, the colors of a keel billed toucan are UNREAL.
  • At the Belize Zoo, you will encounter an animal weighing over 400 pounds, you probably never heard of.
  • Because the great and charismatic harpy eagle, Panama, with talons larger than the claws of a grizzly bear (and capable of exerting over 50 kilograms of pressure) loves to swoop in REAL CLOSE to carefully observe his visitors, and being that close to an animal of such exquisite beauty is nothing short of awe inspiring.
  • A lion’s roar is nothing compared to the roar of the howler monkey.
  • Because you’ll never see how gorgeous the rare black jaguar is by looking at photos.
  • Because you’ve probably never petted or fed a young jaguar, and being licked by one, if you’re lucky enough during the Zoo’s unique ‘Jaguar encounters’ with Buddy the hand raised jaguar, is an experience to brag about for a life-time.

These are just some of the rare, colourful, and unusual animals of the great Mesoamerican rain forest you’ll find at the Belize Zoo, and this is your opportunity to see them, up close and personal.

Includes: round trip by boat, tour guide(s), entrance fee, and lunch. Does not include $20 US Park Fee