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A ten day discovery of Belize: Punta Gorda's rainforests, the lush Cayo interior and chilled Ambergris Caye

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A wonderful family adventure to explore three of the most beautiful regions of Belize.

Start with three nights in Punta Gorda in the lush south of the country where the rainforest – rich in wildlife – meets the sea. Here, visit an organic cacao plantation to see, smell and taste how chocolate is made – a real treat both for grown ups and children. You’ll also get to experience the jungle aboard a boat, drifting by brightly coloured toucans, iguanas, boisterous howler monkeys, and perhaps seeing graceful manatees grazing in the waters by a traditional fishing village.

Next venture to Cayo, in Belize’s beautiful interior, where you’ll get to explore the incredible ruins of Xunantunich, a Maya city surrounded by forest on the Guatemalan border, and canoe through the mysterious caves of Barton Creek.

Finally head north to Ambergris Caye, the country’s largest island and most popular beach destination. Spend your last days relaxing on the sand, with one day on a private boat cruise, snorkelling on the marine wildlife hotspot at Mexico Rocks and enjoying a barbecue on the beach.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Punta Gorda

Meet and Greet at Belize Airport Meet and Greet at Belize Airport
Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda

Transfer

Transfer from Punta Gorda airstrip to your lodge

Lodges in Punta Gorda

Three days at Punta Gorda Three days at Punta Gorda

Enjoy your days at Punta Gorda exploring the lush countryside, beautiful reefs and exciting rainforest.

Toledo Cacao Plantation and Community Visit Tour Toledo Cacao Plantation and Community Visit Tour

The Toledo District is known for its top-quality cacao, which is used to make chocolate. At the organic Agouti Cacao Farm in the village of San Pedro de Columbia, farmer Eladio Pop and his family teach chocoholics how the sweet stuff is made, from bean to bar. See first-hand how cacao is harvested, dried, roasted, and ground and have an opportunity to make hot chocolate from scratch—the ancient Maya way. You will also learn about the local area and culture.

Monkey River tour Monkey River tour

Board a small boat and float through the lush jungle, listening to the calls of river birds and howler monkeys. Your experienced river guide will point out some of the region’s abundant wildlife including Morelet’s crocodiles, iguanas and an array of bird species. You’ll then enjoy a jungle hike to spot troops of howler monkeys, toucans, snakes and other rainforest flora and fauna and learn about the various plants that are used in herbal medicine. After lunch you’ll wander through Monkey River Town, a small fishing village, before returning to Placencia looking out for West Indian manatees en route.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Punta Gorda airstrip

Flight

Flight from Punta Gorda to Belize Airport

Days 4-7

Cayo District

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Belize airport to the Cayo District

Accommodation in Cayo District

Three days exploring the Cayo District Three days exploring the Cayo District

Spend your days exploring the lush interior area of Cayo and where you can truly get stuck into some outdoors activities, hiking the rainforest, birdwatching, horseriding, kayaking, to happening upon hidden Mayan ruins and cave rivers.

Tour of Xunantunich Tour of Xunantunich

You will head to the Mopan river where the vehicle will transfer onto a hand cranked ferry to travel across the river as there is no bridge! From here there is a short drive to arrive at Xunantunich Maya archaeology site. Here you will receive an informative guided tour of this small, picturesque & fascinating site and can enjoy amazing vistas of the surrounding rainforest landscape from atop the main temple.

Barton Creek tour Barton Creek tour

Head through the Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek to the river at Barton Creek. Equipped with canoes and high powered lights, guests gently paddle along the river into the cave system known as Xibalba (she-bal-ba), which is Maya for underworld. Stalactites hang high overhead as you float past impressive calcite crystal formations. Knowledgeable guides discuss the relevance of the cave to the ancient Mayan people and the archaeological significance of this 7.5km limestone cave system which was used for ceremonial purposes and as a burial site by the ancient Maya people.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to San Ignacio airstrip

Flight

Flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro

Days 7-10

Ambergris Caye

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) to hotel

Accommodation in Ambergris Caye

Three days in Ambergris Caye Three days in Ambergris Caye

The country's most popular beach destination, for good reason when you see its calm Caribbean beaches, chic island hotels and warm tropical waters. Spend your days here winding down and soaking up the sun, to some excellent snorkelling, diving, water sports and days out on a chartered boat.

Private boat cruise to Mexico Rocks Private boat cruise to Mexico Rocks

Take a boat up the coast from Ambergris Caye to Mexico Rocks where an beautiful collection of Star, Elk Horn Coral, and Staghorn corals are colonised by lobsters, rays, eels and colourful juvenile fish. Shallow and protected by the barrier reef from ocean swells, this site is great for novice snorkellers with excellent visibility. Lunch is will be a wonderful BBQ cooked up on the beach.

Day at leisure on Ambergris Caye Day at leisure on Ambergris Caye

Enjoy your day of leisure at Ambergris Caye swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm Caribbean seas, on a trip to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef or simply relaxing at your luxury hotel.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Shared transfer from Ambergris Caye hotel to San Pedro airport

Flight

Flight from San Pedro airport to Belize International airport

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