Style : Group tour
Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins tour

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
11 days
From: $ 3,279 $ 298 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • 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

Short Description

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.

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Belize
End City Belize

Itinerary

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 River Lagoon

Explore the ancient Maya ruins with an expert, local guide

Climb to the top of the High Temple for great jungle views

See the famed Jaguar Temple and Mask Temple

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.

– or –  Stay ahead or stay behind

Extending your trip for a few extra days before or after your tour is easy, and you can add anywhere from between one and 90 days. We'll book your flights per your specifications if you'll handle the hotels, local activities and ground transportation during the extra portion of your stay.

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Price Per Day: $ 298 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 150

76 EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break) Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

Convenience of payments is not worth the stress.

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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 of private rooming, along with my boyfriends. Obviously an incentive to get us to book. Neither discounts were ever taken off the bill, even after sending in emails. Eventually I sent screenshots of what other reps had said and had the $45 taken off, but they refuse to honor the other discount. Oh well, only $200.
We are supposed to be leaving in January. They recently emailed and said that due to low enrollment, they are changing the dates to combine us with another group. Not only did I get this time off work, but the second date is after my semester already starts. Im not sure what Ill do for school, and no one at EF seems to care how this affects us. We selected a specific date? How can you just go and change it? Oh well, we will have to make it work.
Finally, the cherry on the cake here, we are told that our private room isn't a guarantee and we wont necessarily get it if we change dates. So the upgrade we already paid $700 for isn't necessarily available. No one ever mentioned it being questionable, they were in such a rush to take our money they didn't even feel the need to let us know. I told them that the private rooming is make-or-break for us, and Ive been waiting on a reply for days.
So far, the anxiety I feel over losing out on 3k is not worth the convenience of the monthly payments. Id highly recommend booking elsewhere unless you are unemployed and not a student.
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I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing!

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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 had any questions. He made this trip so memorable with everything that went on. During the trip we had a couple of longer bus rides and he always found things to do along the way so we were not sitting for long periods of time. We also had free time after our activities which we loved because we got to go explore the areas on our own. The locals in Belize are also very very nice and very helpful if you do have any questions. I would 10/10 recommend this trip!
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I highly recommend booking with EF and going on the Belize trip!

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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 best things I've ever done. I stepped outside my comfort zone, made new friends and new memories. Our tour director, Efrain, was beyond wonderful. At one point a stomach bug hit our group but he made sure to take the appropriate steps with EF in helping everyone feel their best.
I highly recommend booking with EF and going on the Belize trip! Cannot wait to book my next trip! Feel free to ask questions if you have them :)
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I had a horrendous experience with EF

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I had a horrendous experience with EF, and would discourage anyone from booking a tour with them! I was scheduled to go on an African safari in February 2023. Because I am a US citizen, a Visa is required to go on the tour. When using the link provided by EF to secure my Visa, the website said the application needed completed by December 22, 2022. One step in the application process was to input the address of the first place you would be staying during your trip. This information was not available in my trip portal, and customer service told me this information would not be available until January 16, well after when the application was due. After numerous unanswered emails and multiple lengthy, unhelpful calls, EF told me if I couldn't get the Visa it would be my own problem and they wouldn't give me my money back, even though they refused to give me the information I needed to get said Visa. The final resolution was my canceling my trip and losing half of my money along with the trip insurance. This was frustrating, heartbreaking, and overall a terrible experience!
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DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!

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The only positive thing about this entire trip was our tour guide who was knowledgeable and kind despite all the horrible things that happened during the trip.

To start, EF puts you on the worst flights imaginable. My first flight (out of 3) was cancelled the night before I was supposed to leave and EF refused to help me. I spent 8 hours on hold with the airline to get booked on another flight. I made it to my second flight and was denied boarding for no reason (at the fault of the airline). I called the 24/7 EF emergency line and they said they could only help me during business hours from Mon - Fri between 8am - 5pm ET. I later learned they helped someone else on my trip over the weekend, which was outside their "business hours." The emergency line is useless and the people who answer the phone are incompetent. I was stranded in another country for 24 hours with no assistance from EF and still had not made it to my destination. They refused to help me with the airlines, booking a hotel for the night or meals. When I finally made it to my destination, I had missed 2 days of the trip.

The hotels on the trip are the worst I've stayed at in my entire life. They are dirty and in extremely inconvenient locations. The restaurants we were taken to were not great - I could have found better on my own and you're stuck in a bus with 40 other people for the majority of the trip. We spent more time on a bus than actually touring the cities.

On my trip home, I barely made my connecting flight and was lucky because I would've been stranded AGAIN in a foreign country. Others on my trip dealt with lost luggage, more cancelled flights, being stranded or left on their own to figure it out. I understand a lot of these issues were airline related, but it's also because EF puts you on the cheapest possible flights, which means you get the worst service and no one cares about you. It's truly remarkable how little EF cares about their trip attendees.

Once I arrived home, I called EF to talk about my experience and to discuss reimbursement for the two days I missed. I also purchased the travel insurance. I was told to file a claim and that "they rarely decline claims." The girl I spoke with said she'd talk to her supervisor and get back to me. I followed up three times and haven't heard from her in 5 months. She completely ghosted me. I filed a claim and followed up with them multiple times as well and just today, again 5 months later, received an email saying my claim was denied.

This company has the WORST customer service I've ever experienced and they DO NOT care about you or your safety during their trips. They want your money and that is all. I spent an additional $1,000 on a hotel and food while I was stranded because the city I was in was completely sold out on hotel rooms - money I will never see again in addition to what I spent on the trip itself. Even if you are a poor college student, you deserve a way better experience than this company provides.

DO NOT USE THEM!!
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DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!

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Activities2.0
Lodging1.0
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The only positive thing about this entire trip was our tour guide who was knowledgeable and kind despite all the horrible things that happened during the trip.

To start, EF puts you on the worst flights imaginable. My first flight (out of 3) was cancelled the night before I was supposed to leave and EF refused to help me. I spent 8 hours on hold with the airline to get booked on another flight. I made it to my second flight and was denied boarding for no reason (at the fault of the airline). I called the 24/7 EF emergency line and they said they could only help me during business hours from Mon - Fri between 8am - 5pm ET. I later learned they helped someone else on my trip over the weekend, which was outside their "business hours." The emergency line is useless and the people who answer the phone are incompetent. I was stranded in another country for 24 hours with no assistance from EF and still had not made it to my destination. They refused to help me with the airlines, booking a hotel for the night or meals. When I finally made it to my destination, I had missed 2 days of the trip.

The hotels on the trip are the worst I've stayed at in my entire life. They are dirty and in extremely inconvenient locations. The restaurants we were taken to were not great - I could have found better on my own and you're stuck in a bus with 40 other people for the majority of the trip. We spent more time on a bus than actually touring the cities.

On my trip home, I barely made my connecting flight and was lucky because I would've been stranded AGAIN in a foreign country. Others on my trip dealt with lost luggage, more cancelled flights, being stranded or left on their own to figure it out. I understand a lot of these issues were airline related, but it's also because EF puts you on the cheapest possible flights, which means you get the worst service and no one cares about you. It's truly remarkable how little EF cares about their trip attendees.

Once I arrived home, I called EF to talk about my experience and to discuss reimbursement for the two days I missed. I had also purchased the travel insurance. I was told to file a claim and that "they rarely decline claims." The girl I spoke with said she'd talk to her supervisor and get back to me. I followed up three times and haven't heard from her in 5 months. She completely ghosted me. I filed a claim and followed up with them multiple times as well and just today, again 5 months later, received an email saying my claim was denied.

This company has the WORST customer service I've ever experienced and they DO NOT care about you or your safety during their trips. They want your money and that is all. I spent an additional $1,000 on a hotel and food while I was stranded because the city I was in was completely sold out on hotel rooms - money I will never see again in addition to what I spent on the trip itself. Even if you are a poor college student, you deserve a way better experience than this company provides.

DO NOT USE THEM!!
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Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accommodations

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.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 28

Additional Information

Stress Free Travel

  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Round-trip flights
  • Handpicked Lodging
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation Between Cities

Trip ID#:

BelRaiEfc

What's excluded

  • Rooming upgrades
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Protection
  • Beverages, lunch, and dinner (except where specified in the itinerary)
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
  • Porterage
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond EF’s control (see Flight Information section for details)
  • Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Fees associated with Special Travel Arrangements (See Special Travel Arrangements section)

Meals Included

Daily Breakfasts

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