Mainland Tours

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.

Lamanai and the New River Safari by Air

26Apr

After a 20 minute flight over picturesque vistas of northern Belize’s reef, coastline and lowlands, you will start one of the most interesting tours in the Orange Walk District of Belize.  A short drive from the Tower Hill Airstrip landing brings you to Lamanai Landings, where you board a riverboat and head up the New River.  While traversing the many little creeks and lagoons, it is easy to encounter hawks, kites and falcons. Dainty jacanas (also known as Jesus birds or lily trotters) lightly walk on the lily pads while the crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.

At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Maya for Submerged Crocodile) rise into view.  Wile touring this site, huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rainforest, amid the chatter of bird life and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.  Your guide will point out the Copal and Ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times.

Return to Lamanai Landings and select your lunch from a range of buffet items at the Smoky Mermaid II, situated on the banks of the New River. After lunch you return to Tower Hill Airstrip and board your return flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

No minimum required.

Includes transportation, guide, fees, lunch, beverage. Does not include $5 US Park Fee

Kayaking & Altun Ha Ruin (Full Day)

31Jul

If you have ever kayaked before, then you must bring your experience to the class two, three, and four rapids of the tropical Belizean rivers.  On an air kayak, you will carve your way through the cascading falls and breath-taking scenery, including parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.

Then board a bus taking 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.

 

*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.

Kayaking & Guanacaste Park (Full Day)

31Jul

Splash through class two, three, and four rapids of the tropical Belizean rivers!  On an air kayak, you will carve your way through the cascading falls and breath-taking scenery, including parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.

Then trek to Guanacaste National Park, a fifty-acre parcel of tropical forest located on the north side of the Western Highway, just east of the Roaring Creek bridge.

The Park derives its name from the giant guanacaste or tubroos tree growing near the southwestern edge. This colossal old tree can reach a total height of over 130 feet, 30 to 40 feet of which is straight trunk that may have a diameter in excess of six feet.  Rich in nutrition, they shelter a large population of epiphytes, or airplants, among its branches, including several species of orchids, bromeliads, ferns and cacti.  And to view it in person is overwhelming.

*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.

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.

Canoeing Barton Creek Cave (Full Day)

31Jul

Near St. Ignacio in the Cayo District is the world famous Barton Creek Cave.  Paddle your canoe along an ancient Mayan waterway and through Barton Creek Cave, one of the largest caves in the world estimated at more than 4.5 miles long and up to 100 feet high.

Enjoy the sights as you pass between stalactites, while your guide points out ancient Mayan artifacts, including skulls of victims of sacrifice. This Belize cave is a world-class attraction, especially with its high ceilings, unique rock flows, and cathedral chambers.

You may have walked through a cave, but here in Belize, the more adventurous can explore one of the largest caves in the world in a canoe.

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

Cahal Pech Ruin & Jungle River Kayaking (Full Day)

31Jul

After scenic boat cruise through the Caribbean from San Pedro to the mainland, you will kayak through class two, three, and four rapids with cascading falls and breath-taking scenery on the tropical rivers of Belize.  Parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers are 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.

After kayaking through the fresh water river, you will return to the lodge, enjoy lunch, and then head towards the Mayan world of St. Ignacio in the Cayo District of Belize.  There you will explore the Maya ruin Cahal Pech.  Cahal Pech, meaning “place of ticks”, rests high near the banks of the Macal River and is a collection of 34 structures, with the tallest being about 25 meters in height.

The site was a palacial home for an elite Maya family, and though most major construction dates to the Classic period, evidence of continuous habitation has been dated to as far back as 900 BC during the Early Middle Formative period (Early Middle Preclassic), making Cahal Pech one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Western Belize, and also one of the most interesting to explore.

*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.

Jungle River Kayaking & Baboon Sanctuary (Full Day)

31Jul

Have you have kayaked through the rivers of a tropical jungle?  How about seeing a howler monkey up close and personal?

Take a tour starting with a boat trip from San Pedro to the mainland of Belize, where you will begin a kayaking expedition through Belizean jungle rivers.  On an inflatable kayak, you will carve your way through class two, three, and four rapids and cascading falls.  All the while, you will enjoy breath-taking scenery, including parrots, parakeets, flycatchers, cormorants, herons, ducks, iguanas and kingfishers – not to mention a vast array of bromeliads (air plants), orchids, epiphytic cactuses and more.   

 

Then you will head to Bermuda Landing, also known as the Baboon Sanctuary.  This is the 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.

 

*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.

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.

Tikal Tour (Day Trip)

24Jul

Your trip begins with a flight from San Pedro to Flores on which you will enjoy a gorgeous aerial view of the island scattered coast of Belize and the jungle terrain of the mainland.

The Tikal National Park; on the border of Belize and Guatemala; covers an area of over 200 square miles (approximately 576 sq. km), and is the largest excavated site on the continent …as well as a must stop for any enthusiast of ancient civilizations.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tikal offers much to visitors: First, a remarkably well developed visitor’s centre, detailing the fascinating history of this once conquering city and centre of Mayan culture, awesome structures, including 5 temples soaring over 200 feet high, offering breathtaking views of a rain forest that seems to stretch forever (when you leave Tikal, you’ll know for certain that the ancient Maya were not scared of heights!), and one or two schools of coati mundis are always venturing in from the jungle and not afraid of visitors.

Exploring Tikal is an all day affair, but with so much to discover, Tikal is an excellent choice for large groups, couples and even the lone adventurer.

Included: Round trip air transportation from San Pedro to Flores, Guatemala and a picnic lunch.

Availability: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.