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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

Altun Ha Wildlife Tour to Baboon Sanctuary (Full Day)

18Jul

On a boat cruise from San Pedro Town to and through the Belize River, you will travel approximately 24 miles from Belize City to Bermuda Landing.  Along the way you will pass through several villages by the river valley.

Bermuda Landing, also known as the Baboon Sanctuary, is home of the howler monkey.  Howler monkey families watch as you travel up river through the savannah while iguanas, known locally as bamboo chicken, sun themselves along the river.  View monkeys, iguanas, birds, and crocodiles up close and personal on this river adventure.  You can even greet the howler monkeys with a hand shake or a mild caress.

Then you will explore Altun Ha, the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

Included is a light breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, beers, rum punch, purified water.

Entrance fee $10.00 US not included

Altun Ha Ruins & Maruba Jungle (Full Day)

18Jul

If you’re seeking a mix of adventure and pampering, this is the perfect tour for you.

This trip starts with a short boat cruise around the island to Belize’s Northern River, which inhabits orchids, birds, and crocodiles.  Your first stop is at Bomba Village, where you can shop for beautiful hand-made woodcarvings, and it is also where you will then board a bus, which will take you to the Mayan pyramids of Altun Ha.

Altun Ha was the first Mayan site to be discovered in Belize, and on this tour, you will get to see first hand the gorgeous landscaping, genius ancient architecture, and Belize’s famous and ornately carved Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, the Mayan Sun God.

Climb the steps of the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”, which is 54 feet (16 m) high and is preserved on the logo of Belikin, Belize’s leading brand of beer.

After the tour, you will travel to the Maruba Jungle Spa, where you will enjoy the peaceful setting, relaxing pool, and excellent food.  For those who want to spoil themselves, enjoy a mud massage or other spa treatment.  Maruba Jungle Spa is a blend of various Mayan, Creole, and African influences with a refreshing jungle setting.  Maruba’s Jungle Falls swimming pool will cool you in the day and the Japanese tub will make an unforgettable experience.

Click to visit the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa website.

Snorkeling Caye Caulker & Catamaran Sail (Full Day)

18Jul

This delightful day begins as we gently sail to Hol Chan Marine Reserve on San Pedro’s first class cruiser, SEAduction, a 38’ Fountaine Pajot Athena Catamaran that combines high performance with style and comfort.

Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” The entire reserve focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.

Due to its protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled diving/snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.  The large amount of fish life found with the Hol Chan “cut” accessible by snorkelers and beginning divers, the diversity of marine life encountered throughout the 4 zones of the park and the excitement and novelty of swimming with large numbers of nurse sharks and sting rays.

In waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel.

The sharks and rays hear the dive boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray wings as they vie for the scraps.

These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards you, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

After that spectacular snorkel adventure, you will have worked up an appetite, and Caye Caulker is just the place for delicious local cuisine – and for shopping.  Caye Caulker has local art and clothing stores you will certainly want to take home.

Then you will have the chance to lay back and relax, sail under the sunset and in the refreshing Caribbean breeze back to San Pedro.

Includes: Beer, sodas, rum punch and snacks. $85.00 US includes tax. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included

Minimum

Snorkeling Bacalar Chico National Park (Full Day)

18Jul

Located 25 miles on the north end of Ambergris Caye, right on the border of Mexico & Belize is Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve.  60% of the national park is considered as wetland, which includes Cenotes, lagoons & interior Mayan temples, but these are not accessible to visitors yet.  The Mayan dug out canal is the only section accessible, and here is where your journey begins…

Take a boat ride through the canal, where one enjoys the beautiful flora and fauna, birds, orchids, with sightings of barracudas, sting rays, and occasional sighting of crocodiles, dolphins and even Manatees.

The other 40% of the national park is solid and rich vegetation land.  White lipped peccaries, white tailed deer, bats, armadillos, and jaguars are some of the wildlife that roams the land, just as they did when they cohabitated with the ancient Mayans.  San Juan, known as a rich archaeological site is the only section accessible to visitors.  For the Maya, San Juan was a very important trading point center.  Today, most of the remains of the temples are resting three feet under water, now called the Mayan Artificial Reef of San Juan.

The marine reserve is known for its snorkeling, where you will experience sights unlike the typical Caribbean Sea experience.  There are three distinct sites to snorkel: 1.) Bacalar Patches, a shallow white sandy area with 4 large colorful coral patches, which are surrounded with marine life, 2.) Barracuda Patch, a deeper white sandy area with huge coral heads that almost perch out of the water, and 3.) Mexican Reef, a vibrantly colored coral line connected to the reef.

All snorkel sites are inside the reef, which makes snorkeling nice and easy, perfect for beginners.

Includes: all drinks, fish or chicken Bar B-Q and 2/3 snorkel stops (weather permitting).

Minimum 6 persons

Robles Point Snorkel Paradise & Beach Barbecue (Full Day)

18Jul

Basil Jones, Robles Point, Mexico Rocks

This day is a snorkeling dream come true…

You begin the day as you head north to the more secluded part of Ambergris Caye. Your first stop will be the Basil Jones cut for snorkeling. Next you will head on to Robles Point where we stop at our own private piece of paradise. This spot is spectacular because Robles Point is where the Reef begins to meet land. From the beaches at Robles Point you can snorkel out to the Reef amid coral head and tropical fish.

After you have worked up a healthy appetite snorkeling, basking in the sun or exploring the deserted beaches you will get to feast on great Beach BBQ that has been prepared by your boat captain. After the lunch stretch out on the beach or in one of our hammocks, sip a cool drink and enjoy the fabulous view.

Finally as we head back towards San Pedro will make one more amazing snorkel stop at Mexico Rocks. This is a delightful day unlike any other….

Six miles north of San Pedro Town, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks.  Unlike many of the snorkeling spots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimps, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish.  The site is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners.  Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.

Includes:  Beach BBQ (fish, pasta salad, coconut rice and more), beer, sodas, rum punch, water and snacks.

Minimum: 6 persons

Manatee Watch and Snorkeling at Shark Ray Alley (Full Day)

17Jul

Starting off with a trip to Swallow Caye, you will see the lovable, gentle manatee dancing in the seas.  This endangered species has its greatest population in Belize for any country in its range, and they are often seen somersaulting and swimming upside down.

Then take a ride to Goff’s Caye, a 1.2 acre, uninhabited island sitting right in the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef.   With a white sandy beach and pristine waters, enjoy a barbeque lunch and snorkeling experience, with a remarkable variety of colorful tropical fishes and other marine life such as corals, sea urchins, conch, lobsters and stingrays, to name a few.  At Goff’s Caye, you can bask in the shallow Caribbean waters, calmed by the Reef, and perfect for relaxing.

After snorkeling at Goff’s Caye, the boat will take you to the second snorkel spot at Shark Ray Alley Aquarium in front of Caye Caulker (Ambergris Caye’s sister island), and here you swim with nurse sharks and sting rays.

At Shark Ray Alley in waters as shallow as 5 feet, large schools of jacks, groupers, snappers and barracuda abound. Along each side of the cut grow healthy stands of corals and seagrass in shallow water, perfect for the beginner snorkeler. The more experienced swimmer can swim from one side of the cut to the other, experiencing shallow reef, drop offs over the steep sides of the “cut”, and seagrass and sand beds in the middle of the channel.

The sharks and rays hear the dive boats approaching and begin to school in anticipation of bait being thrown into the water. When you arrive, you will see the surface often boiling with rolling sharks and sting ray wings as they vie for the scraps.

These creatures have a great tolerance for divers and snorkelers. The rays, which have a ‘wing-span’ of two to four feet, swim directly towards the divers, mouths often turned up hoping for a hand held bit to be placed near their mouths.  You will often find them circling around you, as if performing for food. The docile Nurse Sharks average four to six feet in length and can be a bit more aggressive than the sting rays.

You will also have an opportunity to stroll around Caye Caulker, shop for local artisan crafts and paintings, or simply enjoy the local cuisine.

Included: Lunch, drinks

Park Fee $15.00 US is not included. $8.00 US Gear Rental not included

Minimum 6 guests