Experience

Ancient Worlds, Wildlife & White Sand Beaches

  • Trip Type
  • Adventure
  • Length
  • 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • When to Go
  • November - August

  • Connect with an ancient empire

    Trek through history on a journey that will lead you through lost Mayan cities, exotic jungle and sacred ceremonial caves before you unwind in perfect, beachy bliss. Begin in Cayo District, where you’ll get acquainted with the rainforest and the great diversity of creatures that live within the lush green canopy. Then, venture deep into the heart of the Mayan World for days spent connecting with the past – explore mysterious Actun Tunichil Muknal (the Cave of the Crystal Sepulture), wander the ruins of Xunantunich and Tikal, and watch the sunset from atop an ancient pyramid in Tikal. Finally, find rest and relaxation on the idyllic white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye.

    Trip Highlights

    lush jungle & deserted beaches • exotic wildlife • Mayan archaeological walk • jungle night walk • canoeing Laguna Verde • caving Actun Tunichil Muknal • Xunantunich ruins • Yaxha ruins • Tikal ruins • snorkeling Mexico Rocks • beach time


    per person from:

    Regular price
    $3,950.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $4,250.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

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    • Day 1: Chan Chich - Arrival

      After you arrive to the international airport at Belize, take a chartered flight deep into the heart of the Belizean jungle just a few miles from the border with Guatemala.

    • Day 2: Chan Chich - Discover the archaeological significance of the Mayan complex that surrounds Chan Chich Lodge; after night falls, take a guided expedition into the jungle in hopes of spotting one of the five species of cats that live here

      Today you'll explore the expansive grounds of Chan Chich, and learn about the once-thriving Mayan community that existed on this site. Begin in the main plaza, once a Mayan ball court and wind your way along shaded forested trails, learning about Mayan architecture, culture, and medicine as you walk. Then, visit the upper plaza for a glimpse of the trenches dug by looters in search of valuables.

      Spend a relaxing afternoon poolside, and once the sun has set, head back out into the jungle on a safari-style ride along Sylvester Road. With the help of your naturalist guide, search for the eye-shine of nocturnal birds including the Northern Potoo and the Spectacled Owl, and creatures closer to the top of the food chain, including the jaguar, ocelot, margay and puma.

    • Day 3: Chan Chich - Spend a blissful afternoon canoeing serene Laguna Verde, a haven for the 300 species of birds that inhabit Chan Chich

      Take advantage of Chan Chich's self-guided jungle trails, or spend your day swinging in a hammock, enjoying a gentle tropical breeze.

      Before sunset, take a quick 10-minute drive north of the Gallon Jug farm to explore Laguna Verde, a natural spring-fed lake, where you’ll paddle the tranquil waters in search of turtles, hundreds of bird species, and the non-dangerous Morelet’s Crocodile. Return to the shore and watch as the sun dips below the tree line, before heading back to the lodge.

    • Day 4: Chan Chich to Cayo District - Head south to the heart of the Mayan territory in Belize

      After a hearty breakfast, set out for a two-hour ride through rainforest and the Yalbac logging lands. Arrive to Ka'ana Resort, where you can beat the Belizean heat with a tasty tropical cocktail poolside.

    • Day 5: Cayo District - Discover a temple of treasures in the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal

      Today you’ll embark on a journey into Xibalba (pronounced shi-bal-ba), the Mayan underworld. Begin with a trek that will take you through rainforest and across three river crossings before you arrive to the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher, a spectacular cave held sacred to the Maya who began to use the entrance during the Early Classic period. In later years, as a devastating drought swept over the region, the Maya traveled deeper into the cave to conduct ceremonies and ritual sacrifices.

      The cave consists of a series of chambers that ends in a large cathedral space where individuals were sacrificed to the gods of the underworld, and where their remains still lie. Travel into the past in this living museum, where skeletal remains and Mayan artifacts still rest as they were originally placed thousands of years ago.

    • Day 6: Cayo District - Mayan pyramids & plazas by horseback at Xunantunich

      After breakfast, take a quick half hour drive to Xunantunich, a spectacular Mayan ceremonial center that can only be reached by crossing the Mopan River. Your adventure begins at a local stable on a private farm where you will meet your guide, mount your horse and depart, riding along well-maintained trails that cut through jungle and traverse a large private farm along the banks of the river.

      Once you reach the river, you will cross on a hand-operated ferry, and then ride your horse up to the ruins, to explore the majestic site of Xunantunich. Discover temples and plazas on foot, climb to the top of El Castillo to enjoy breathtaking 360 degree views, and learn the exciting history of this unique and beautiful place. Afterward, ride to nearby Benny’s Kitchen for a delicious array of traditional Belizean dishes before you meander back to the stables.

    • Day 7: Cayo District to Tikal - Sunset over Yaxha Mayan ruins

      A 60-minute drive across the Guatemalan border will bring you to Yaxha National Park. Here, take a private guided tour of this lesser-visited Mayan site, located in an area rich with wildlife. Spot resident howler and spider monkeys, an array of brightly-colored tropical birds, and other mammals including agouti, foxes, coatis and more, as you explore Yaxha’s plazas. As the sun begins to set, settle in atop the main temple, surrounded by spectacular views of the rainforest and nearby Lake Yaxha, and watch as night falls on the forest. Continue to the shores of beautiful Lake Petén Itzá where you'll check into La Lancha Lodge, a luxe hideaway owned by famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

    • Day 8: Tikal - Wander peaceful, sacred Tikal

      Tikal, the City of Echoes, was the greatest metropolis in the Maya kingdom. A UNESCO World Heritage site located in Guatemala’s largest protected area, Tikal’s ruins comprise more than 3000 structures, scattered over 54 square kilometers (21 square miles).

      Wander through the extensive ruins, learning about Maya life as it existed from before 1000 BC until the civilization collapsed in 1000 AD. Take a gentle amble through primary rainforest as the howler monkeys whoop and call overhead, keeping your eyes open for spider monkeys, toucans, and other species of brightly-colored tropical birds.

    • Day 9: Tikal to Ambergris Caye - Find yourself in perfect beachy bliss

      Set out early for a 30-minute ride to the international airport at Flores, and board a puddle-jumper flight to the powdery white sand beaches of Ambergris Caye. Once you land, a driver will be waiting to take you to Matachica, a stunning beachfront resort where you'll feel your cares blow away on a gentle tropical breeze.

    • Day 10: Ambergris Caye - Explore undersea splendor at Mexico Rocks

      Board a private boat charter and speed up the coast of North Ambergris Caye to Mexico Rocks, one of Belize’s most famous snorkeling sites, located only 15 minutes from San Pedro. Don a snorkel and discover the undersea splendors of this unique patch reef, where a shallow cluster of corals provide refuge to a variety of marine life including scallops, anemones, shrimp, sea fans, and eels that shelter in the coral’s nooks and crannies, while abundant fish life includes grouper, snapper, grunts, butterfly fish, and many other brightly colored tropical beauties.

    • Day 11: Ambergris Caye - Relax & rejuvenate before you head home

      Take one last day to settle deeply into a laid-back island vibe. Today is yours to spend how you wish - wander white sand beaches, head into town for a taste of local flavor, or take one last swim in the calm Caribbean Sea. Dinner tonight will be unforgettable - dine on a delicious tropical fusion tasting menu as you dig your toes in the sand and watch the stars come out overhead.

    • Day 12: Belize City - Departure

      Bid farewell to turquoise waters and powdery sands, with a short flight to Belize City, where you will depart on your international flight home.

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    What's Included?

    We'll give you everything you need, everything you want, and a few little surprises to make your trip extra special. We've got you covered, from start to finish. Unique, unforgettable destinations; private tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations and new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; perfect romantic touches; blissful relaxation; and a feeling of total freedom. We take care of everything so that you can enjoy an unparalleled, hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup

    • All hotel accommodation

    • Meals as indicated

    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide

    • All special events and tours

    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off

    • All baggage transportation

    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

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    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

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    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

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