Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

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Reefs, rainforests and Mayan ruins—Belize is the ultimate blend of Caribbean and Central American travel. Snorkel the world’s second-longest barrier reef, tube silently through sacred caves and climb atop mysterious temples more than 1,000 years old.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Explore the Maya ruins of Tikal and Lamanai
    • Enjoy the relaxed Caribbean beach atmosphere of San Pedro
    • Zipline and cave-tube deep in the jungle of Central America
    • Snorkel off the coasts of San Pedro and Turneffe Atoll
    • Immerse yourself in a wide spectrum of local cultures and traditions

What's this trip about?

    Reefs, rainforests and Mayan ruins—Belize is the ultimate blend of Caribbean and Central American travel. Snorkel the world’s second-longest barrier reef, tube silently through sacred caves and climb atop mysterious temples more than 1,000 years old.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 to 28 years
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityBelize
End CityBelize

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Transformative

Destinations

  • Central America
  • Belize

Attractions

  • Ambergris Caye
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Tikal

Activities

  • Culture
  • Dolphin Swim
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
    • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
    • Private motorcoach
    • Water taxi to Ambergris Caye
    • 10 nights in hand-picked accommodations
    • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
    • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
    • Entrances to Tikal National Park, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve & other select attractions

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Flight & Arrival in Belize City + Welcome Mixer

Welcome to Belize! We’ll be waiting to bring you to Belize City, just minutes from the airport.

Today's Highlights:

Meet an EF representative at the airport

Transfer to your accommodation in Belize City via coach

Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director

Meet the other travelers as they arrive

In the evening, it’s time for our Welcome Mixer. Enjoy a dinner and drinks with fellow travelers.

Day 2: Visit Lamanai Ruins

Visit the ancient Maya ruins of Lamanai, one of Belize’s biggest and best-understood ancient sites. Today, it is a protected archaeological area, but it was home to nearly 3,000 years of continuous occupation by Maya peoples.

Today's Highlights:

Drive the desolate Northern Highway to Orange Walk to board your speedboat

Travel by speedboat 25 miles up the New River, passing jungle scenery and a picturesque Mennonite village en route to Lamanai

Enjoy a local Belizean lunch on the banks of the New ...

Day 3: Explore the beaches and reefs of Ambergris Caye

Leave Belize City for the island paradise of Ambergris Caye, your place for water sports, snorkeling and fruity drinks. The reef offshore is part of the Great Belize Barrier Reef, home to nearly 90 variations of coral and over 500 different species of fish.

Today's Highlights:

Travel by water taxi 14 miles to Ambergris Caye & San Pedro

Find a waterside bar on the pier, enjoy a fruity drink and listen to live music

Swim off the pier or head to Banana Beach to catch some sun

Sample local seafood and try a Belikin, the national beer of Belize

Day 4: Snorkel the reef at Hol Chan

Journey by boat to this snorkelers' paradise. Get outfitted in your gear and join your guide for an orientation to Hol Chan’s spectacular marine life and colorful coral.

Today's Highlights:

Glide past the colorful formations that Belize is known for as you snorkel the second-largest barrier reef in the world

See turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, jacks, tarpon and many other marine species

Swim in the warm waters—the average ocean temperature is 82.9 degrees

Day 5: Welcome to the Jungle

You’re on the move inland, into dense, verdant jungle along the border of Guatemala.

San Ignacio, today’s destination, is the gateway city to jungle and adventure. With a positive vibe and bustling daily market, this inviting community is fun for all.

Today's Highlights:

En route, stop at a monkey sanctuary for an up-close experience with our primate friends.

Shop at the colorful market that runs daily in San Ignacio

Day 6: Explore Tikal’s ancient ruins

Visit Tikal, Guatemala. Home to impressive Maya temples, ball courts and numerous excavated buildings, this place once rivaled Ancient Rome in size and splendor.

Today's Highlights:

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle in San Ignacio

Cross Guatemala off your bucket list

Visit Tikal, the most impressive ancient site in the Western Hemisphere

Climb 221 feet to the top of Temple IV

Be on the lookout for howler monkeys, spider monkeys and many other animals; Tikal is brimming with jungle wildlife

Day 7: Zipline the jungle + Cave tubing

Experience the rush of the zipline as you cruise above the jungle canopy from platform to platform, then chill out as you float through blue waters from cave to cave. This will be one seriously awesome day.

Today's Highlights:

Zipline above the jungle canopy at speeds of nearly 50 mph

Hike the jungle and see more wildlife

Get refreshed from the jungle heat in the cool cave water

Tube through sacred Maya caves

Relax in San Ignacio with a free evening

Day 8: Travel to Southern Coast

Say goodbye to San Ignacio and hello to Placencia Peninsula. This area of Belize is rapidly growing in popularity among visitors and is home to some of Belize's best beaches.

Day 9: Snorkel off Hopkins Peninsula

Travel via private boat charter to the outer reaches of the Southern Coast. This atoll is another of Belize’s natural treasures. The mangroves that grow here provide the basis for an incredible ecological system while allowing more than 500 species of fish and 65 varieties of coral to thrive.

Today's Highlights:

Travel by boat to the southern reaches of the Hopkins Peninsula

Explore this unique ecological zone, home to 500 species of tropical fish

Snorkel the crystal-blue, warm waters

Be on the lookout for dolphins, sea turtles and manatees

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers

Day 10: Dangriga

Meals: Lunch

Lunch in Dangriga + Return to Belize City

Return back to Belize City via Dangriga. At this point, you’ll have driven each of Belize’s main roads and visited most of the country.

Today's Highlights:

Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs one last time

Continue on to Belize City

Day 11: Fly Home

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.

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Price From $3,279
Price per day$298
Last Updated: 10/15/2018

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Rose G

Oct 2018

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Convenience of payments is not worth the stress.

So far, our experience has not been great. We booked, everyone was fabulous, we were excited! I was offered an additional $100 off of my trip and $45 off the price ...

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Roia

Feb 2017

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I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing!

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing! Efrain was our tour director and he was wonderful! He was very funny and approachable if you...

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Miranda

Jan 2017

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I highly recommend booking with EF and going on the Belize trip!

A couple weeks ago I went on the Belize tour as my first tour with EF, first time traveling alone, and first time out of the country. This trip was by far one of the...

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What's excluded

    • Rooming upgrades
    • Optional excursions
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    • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
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,Accommodations are hand-picked by our team of local experts. Each property, whether boutique hostel or hotel, is carefully vetted to ensure a comfortable night’s stay in a safe and convenient location. Our trips are designed to help you explore and see new things. But when you do need a moment to chill, we know you’ll like what you find.
Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrollment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

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61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

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Age Requirements
18 to 28 years
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