A Family Adventure in Belize
A ten day discovery of Belize: Punta Gorda's rainforests, the lush Cayo interior and chilled Ambergris Caye
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury family accommodation throughout
- All tours mentioned in itinerary
- All transfers and domestic flight
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
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
Flight from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda
Transfer from Punta Gorda airstrip to your lodge
Lodges in Punta Gorda
- 12 private bungalows
- Swimming Pool
- Treatment Room
- Mountain bikes
A truly special place, Copal Tree Lodge is simply one of our favourite lodges in all of Latin America. Perched on a hill overlooking the canopy of the lush tropical rainforest of southern Belize the hotel is centred around a main dining and relaxation area which affords great views and provides a focus for guests to meet and mingle with the excellent staff and guides. The private cabins lean out into the canopy itself, set on stilts and with a large screened balcony one really has the feeling of being in the canopy itself. Each is very spacious and elegantly appointed including comforts such as air conditioning and a double head shower room with a floor to ceiling window to allow views of the rainforest as you bathe. For relaxation the hotel has a pleasant pool area an outdoor fireside (where live music from local native musicians is arranged for evening drinks) and a small spa area with a good range of treatments. The star of the show here are the activities and the people which make them happen and can be arranged around any requirements making this an ideal lodge for people of all ages, abilities and tastes. Though very much in the rainforest, the boathouse at the banks of the lush river at the base of the hill, houses a speedboat that can whisk you to the calm clear waters of the Caribbean for snorkelling, swimming and fishing in the cayes.
- Nine cabanas
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and bar
On the banks of the Rio Grande river, close to Punta Gorda in southern Belize, The Lodge at Big Falls offers easy access to our natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a host of adventures, both inland and at sea. Family run, there are just nine cabanas – six are thatched cottages and three constructed from tropical hardwood. Each cabana has a queen size double and either an extra single bed or full size bunks to accommodate families. The main lodge, next to the outdoor swimming pool, holds a bar and restaurant that serves a range of local and international dishes, with vegetarian, vegan, kashrut and children’s alternatives all catered for. From Big Falls, visitors can explore the Mayan and Garifuna cultures inland, go jungle trekking, caving or go out to sea for snorkelling, diving, fishing and manatee watching.
Enjoy your days at Punta Gorda exploring the lush countryside, beautiful reefs and exciting rainforest.
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.
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.
Transfer to Punta Gorda airstrip
Flight from Punta Gorda to Belize Airport
Private transfer from Belize airport to the Cayo District
Accommodation in Cayo District
- Ranges of villas, cottages and suites
- Infinity Pool
- Full Spa
- Butterfly House
Started more than twenty years ago, Chaa Creek has grown organically to be one of the very best eco-lodges in Belize with a real sense of place, character and history. The lodge is set in a 400-acre private nature reserve on the banks of the Macal River. There are a wide range of accommodation options ranging from garden suites to cottages and fabulous modern villas, all are ample in size and luxuriously appointed. The lodgings are arranged around beautiful lush gardens dotted with royal palms and brimming with exotic birdlife. At the centre is a large infinity pool, bar and restaurant. There is also a large spa area atop the hill with an extensive range of treatments on offer. The lodge is well-positioned to explore the attractions of the surrounding area from Mayan ruins to Cave systems. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and very professional.
- 11 thatched Cabanas
- Dining Room
The place to come for a real rainforest experience in Belize, Pooks is very much a jungle lodge. Set in a 300-acre private reserve of old-growth forest bordering the Tapir mountain reserve, the lodge is a great spot to explore the lush tropical rainforest and wildlife. Lodgings are in small thatched Cabanas, each simple but comfortable. In the centre of the main area is a small Mayan site which has been restored, adding to the history and sense of place. Food is excellent home cooked fare, served communally in the restaurant allowing for an inclusive and friendly lodge experience.
- Accomodation in spacious rooms or casitas
- Wine Cellar
- Organic Garden
- Infinity Pool
This boutique resort is for those seeking a more polished hotel-style experience in the Cayo district. Located just a short drive to San Ignacio. All rooms are very comfortable and equipped with all the modern luxuries one would expect from a hotel such as air-conditioning, flat screen televisions and iPod docks. Accommodation is in large rooms or private casitas. The hotel has a pleasant outdoor pool, spa, bar, and a good restaurant. Service is excellent, very attentive and helpful.
- Six cabanas
- Working farm
- Hammock cabana
- Swimming Beach
Tucked away in the Belizean jungle, Table Rock Jungle Lodge is small and intimate with only six cabanas on a 105-acre property by the Macal River. The location and activities are the biggest selling points of Table Rock Jungle Lodge. For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, the rainforest setting is excellent: you can swim off the pebbled beach; tube down the slow rapids; hike along trails; canoe down the river; or head off on a bike ride. The thatched-roof cabanas are comfortable and spacious, but quite rustic, with no electrical outlets (the lodge produces its own electricity) or air-conditioning. Guests can still charge their phones and cameras, and there’s Wi-Fi too, but part of Table Rock’s charm is in its removal from the everyday and its eco credentials, so don’t expect to be able to blow-dry your hair. Because of the nature of the location, the lodge asks guests to order their meals in advance, but the working farm means that the food is as fresh as it gets. They grow mangoes, avocados, limes, coconuts and lots of vegetables and herbs. There are also two resident donkeys named Napoleon and Josephine.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to San Ignacio airstrip
Flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro
Transfer from San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) to hotel
Accommodation in Ambergris Caye
- 42 rooms
- 2 swimming pools
- Dive shop
Located a short drive away from the main town, Victoria house is an wonderfully elegant beachfront property with beautiful gardens and pool area. Service is very professional and helpful and the gardens and beach are immaculately manicured. On-site services include a dive-shop, massages, bar and a good restaurant. There are a range of different accommodations on offer from private casitas, to beachfront houses suitable for families or groups of friends.
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.
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.
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.
Shared transfer from Ambergris Caye hotel to San Pedro airport
Flight from San Pedro airport to Belize International airport
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