Rainforests, Ruins & Reefs Belize Adventure Vacation
Belize encompasses realms of magnificent rainforest with exotic jungle creatures, dreamlike islands surrounded by mesmerizing marine life and astonishing Mayan ruins reclaimed from the lush forest.
Belize Adventure Travel Vacation Package
Belize All-Inclusive Adventure Tour: Rainforests, Ruins & Reefs
Tour Belize, “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” through Exclusive Access
Imagine a journey into a world unlike any you have ever experienced. Belize encompasses realms of magnificent rainforest with exotic jungle creatures, dreamlike islands surrounded by mesmerizing marine life and astonishing Mayan ruins reclaimed from the lush forest. Great Freedom Adventures has created a magical adventure to the less-traveled southern part of the country using connections to gain access to a private, primary rainforest preserve and wildlife sanctuary, a Mayan ceremonial cave not long ago revealed to outsiders, and a private island located within a U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Site. This stunning caye sits on the world’s second largest barrier reef in a marine zone containing some of the healthiest and most abundant marine and coral life along the reef.
Belize: Many Cultures, One People
Along the journey, meet friendly Belizeans with diverse cultural heritages like Q’eqchi’ Yucatet and Mopan Mayan, Mestizos, Garifuna, Creole, Brits and Mennonites, among others. Discover one of the most ethnically and biologically diverse places in the Americas on an incredible adventure – one that provides time for both exhilaration and relaxation.
Tour Belize’s Rainforest
Discover the magic of the rainforest from the rustic luxury offered by your eco-lodge, set within a 100-acre rainforest preserve. Walk under a canopy of towering kapok trees and lush tropical understory plants. On the forest floor, parades of industrious leaf-cutter ants march along carrying their green burden. Discover a subterranean limestone cave system with flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, Mayan artifacts, and sparkling stalagmites and stalactites. Above ground, swim in crystalline pools shaded by lush vegetation of every hue.
A Symphony of Sound and Color
A chorus of rainforest sounds includes the roar of the howler monkey and the call of the colorful toucan among the unique songs of other exotic birds. See iguanas lazing on tree branches and some of the dozens of other reptiles, amphibians and mammals that live in the jungle; miniscule downy nests of the hummingbird or fanciful hanging nests of the antwren; delicate white orchids and bold red ginger flowers. Experience this tantalizing concert.
Explore Mayan Ruins and Villages
Visit Mayan villages with thatched roofed huts inhabited by large, close-knit families. Meet friendly villagers and learn about Mayan expertise in farming, crafting, chocolate making and much more. Visit the Mayan ruins at Nim Li Punit, a hilltop site renowned for the many carved stelae (stone monuments) discovered here, including the tallest ever found in Belize.
An Island Paradise on the Barrier Reef
Travel to South Water Caye, winner of Outside Magazine’s “World’s Best Beaches” award. A popular travel handbook says: “This southern caye is what dream getaways are made of – it’s easily the most beautiful caye in southern Belize.” The private island is part of the country’s largest marine reserve and the pristine offshore reef is the 2nd largest coral reef system in the world. It’s an easy swim right from the beach where snorkelers will find an amazing underwater world teeming with tropical fish and colorful coral gardens.
Kayak, Paddleboard, Swim, Snorkel, Sunbathe and Sip Belizean Rum
Yes, this truly is the life. Boat to your guide’s favorite snorkeling spots where he will help you identify some of the many species of tropical fish. Float in the warm, crystal-clear waters while watching fan corals sway in the current and sea turtles swim lazily by. Visit a raucous bird-covered mangrove island and see uninhabited islands, simple studies in white sand and emerald palms.
Note – This trip may be undertaken primarily as a service trip to benefit local schoolchildren, subsistence farming families or the preservation of fragile ecosystems.
- Spending 3 nights in the rainforest and 4 nights on a tropical island
- Discovering astonishing biodiversity in the rainforest and marine reserve
- Viewing exciting jungle wildlife
- Swimming with turtles and schools of colorful fish
- Caving in awe-inspiring limestone cave systems
- Swimming in crystalline pools, blue rivers and clear Caribbean waters
- Hiking in the rainforest
- Kayaking in river and sea
- Sightseeing by plane and boat
- Visiting with Mayan villagers
- Exploring Mayan ruins
- Drumming lesson
- Snorkeling on the barrier reef
- Paddleboarding and beach volleyball
- Sunning and relaxing
Days 2 & 3
Cotton Tree Lodge, San Felipe, Belize - 3 NightsFeatured on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, Cotton Tree Lodge provides rustic luxury within a 100-acre rainforest preserve. Set on the banks of the Moho River, the eco-friendly lodge focuses on sustainable tourism. The main lodge houses a fully-stocked bar and a dining room serving Belizean and American favorites featuring fresh ingredients from local farmers and their own organic garden. Handcrafted rosewood and thatch cabanas with private baths are scattered throughout the property and are connected by boardwalks. Wireless internet is available in the main lodge. Enjoy on-site kayaking, swimming, birding, nature and medicinal plant walks.
January 18-25 | January 26-February 2 | February 15-22 | February 22-29 | April 4-11 | May 9-16
$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $970
January 16-23 | January 24-31 | February 13-20 | February 21-28 | March 20-27 | April 10-17 | May 8-15
Same as 2020 prices until 9/1/20
8 days, 7 nights
Belize City, Belize
Easy, Moderate or Challenging depending on desire and activity choices
Weather: December to April or May is considered the best time to visit Belize and is generally the time with lowest rainfall and predominately sunny skies. Humidity is generally low and the trade winds typically blow regularly keeping things comfortable. Higher rainfall typically occurs June-November.
- January – Average low/high: 70°F/80°F
- February - Average low/high: 70°F/80°F
- March - Average low/high: 74°F/83°F
- April - Average low/high: 75°F/86°F
- May - Average low/high: 76°F/87°F
- 7 nights lodging
- All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
- All drinking water
- All domestic flights
- All in-country transfers by boat or vehicle
- Daily guided rainforest excursions as detailed in the itinerary
- Activities and admissions as per the itinerary
- Daily guided reef snorkeling and sightseeing excursions on South Water Caye
- Unlimited use of the resorts’ sporting equipment: snorkel gear, kayaks and paddleboards
- Use of IZE research library
- Belize country and service taxes (21.5%)