Private Journeys

Active Belize: Jungle and reef adventure

11 days from £3,000pp

Belize

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Essentials

Transport

1  flight (20 mins); 3 road journeys (longest 3.5hrs). 2 boat journeys  ( 2 hours each )

Accommodation

For this holiday we have chosen quality, traditional Belizean style, thatched jungle lodges  which blend into the natural environment with bird- and exotic foliage-filled grounds, a glamping-style tent camp and a small, friendly  beach hotel with an excellent restaurant.  All have plenty of adventurous activities and excursions from waterfall abseiling and reef kayaking to manatee spotting from the beach.

Meals

Breakfast daily, lunch day 2 (ATM Caves) with full board at Bocawina Rainforest Resort (3-6) and Glover’s Reef Tent Camp (6-9)  (the latter includes some alcoholic  drinks)

Summary Of Nights

11 days, 10 nights:  San Ignacio 2, Mayflower Reserve 3 , Glover’s Reef 3, Hopkins Bay 2.

Journey Grade

This is an active trip which falls between soft adventure and challenging activity.  There are no long days of travel on this trip but there are kayaking trips that can last half a day.  This holiday is suitable for active adventure enthusiasts, couples; friends; single people; families.

If you have a disability or special requirements, please call us.

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 30 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.

Climate

The best weather conditions are during the dry season late November to May which is when the trip will operate. It can be cool in the highlands in winter, while the jungle areas are hot and humid all year round. There’s a low risk of tropical storms or hurricanes from June to November.

Clothing And Special Equipment

We will give you a proper check list but bring plenty of light, loose and preferably cotton clothing and quick drying, breathable sports clothes. Good quality, comfortable walking shoes, sports sandals and trainers are appropriate. Recommended kit includes aqua or kayaking shoes, a dry bag, a wide brimmed hat, quick drying towel, a light sports bag, sunglasses, insect repellent, sun cream  and binoculars.  A portable power bank for your phone is always very handy although you will be able to charge at all destinations. Bring a good water bottle. 

What Is Not Included In The Journey Price

• International flights to Latin America.
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
• Optional excursions.

Currency

The unit of currency in Belize is the Belize dollar which is fixed at 2 to 1 US dollar .(US dollars also accepted).

How To Take It

Cash machines are available Belize City and Dangriga so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds. We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency, Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused.

Daily Spend

For the majority of your trip, meals and excursions/activities are included.  For other expenses a budget of around US$50 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir.

Tipping

Tips are welcomed and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.

Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 – 12% in restaurants.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHECK THAT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY WILL COVER YOU FOR ALL THE ACTIVITIES ON OFFER INCLUDING ABSEILING.

 Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport Taxes

There is an international departure tax of $55 to be paid but most scheduled airlines will include it. There’s also a security tax of about $5 and a small conservation charge.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets.  For specific requirements you must consult your GP.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Water To Go

We’ve partnered with Water To Go to offer Journey Latin America clients a 50% discount on 7cl filtered, reusable water bottles with every booking. The bottle can be refilled at any water outlet and has a filter that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, allowing the water to be safe to drink.
Contact your Travel Consultant for more information and to include the purchase in your booking.

Country info

When is the best time to visit Belize?

The best weather conditions are during the dry season Dec-May. It can be cool in the highlands in winter, while the jungle areas are hot and humid all year.

What's the official language of Belize?

English.

How do I get local currency in Belize?

Belizean dollar. Notes can be obtained from money exchanges and also from banks which will supply advances on a debit or credit card. There are ATMs in Belize City where you can use a UK credit or debit card. You may have to get authorisation from your bank first, and withdrawal amounts may be limited.

What's the time difference between Belize and UK?

GMT -6 hrs

What places combine well with Belize?

A visit to neighbouring Guatemala, with its Latin and Maya cultural heritage, there’s a road link to the Mayan ruins at Tikal in the Petén jungle; southern Mexico, crossing the land border at Chetumal. 

What are the festivals and cultural and sporting events in Belize?

Belize Carnival, (Feb/Mar). Lively celebrations especially in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye.

Lobster season:  Lobster season starts Jun-Jul, with lobster on offer in all its forms, with drinking and partying.

Belize Independence Day: throughout the country, 21 Sep.  Parades, processions and parties.

Garifuna Settlement Day, Dangriga, 19 Nov. Includes parades, live music, drumming, dancing, and prayers in celebration of the first Garifuna Afro-Caribbean settlers.

How long is the flight to Belize from UK?

There are flights via US and European hubs, the journey from London taking around 15.5 hours.

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • All land and air transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Guided excursion to ATM caves
  • Choice of activities including waterfall hikes, abseiling and ziplining at Bocawina Rainforest resort
  • A range of water based activities are included at Glover’s Reef from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to `patch reef’ snorkelling

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • All land and air transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Guided excursion to ATM caves
  • Choice of activities including waterfall hikes, abseiling and ziplining at Bocawina Rainforest resort
  • A range of water based activities are included at Glover’s Reef from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to `patch reef’ snorkelling

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