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Signature Belize: Rainforest, reef and ruins

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On this good-value holiday packed with adventures, you can enjoy many cultural and wildlife-focused experiences. Visit communities of the Mayan and Garifuna peoples, and find out how they live in harmony with nature and the modern world. You even get to visit an artisan chocolate factory.

English-speaking Belize is rapidly becoming one of the world’s premier eco-adventure destinations, with a bunch of excellent, high quality lodges scattered through the undisturbed Mayan Mountains and along the coral-fringed Caribbean coast.

The small-scale, eco-friendly accommodation we have chosen is appropriate for lovers of sporting activities too: go caving, hiking, tubing down fast-flowing rivers, kayaking and snorkelling. Experienced guides will be with you all the way.  

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Belize City, transfer to mountain lodge.

Day 2

Excursion to the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves.

Day 3

Optional excursion to Tikal or Caracol Mayan ruins.

Day 4

Transfer to lagoon-side, multi-activity lodge at Lamanai.

Day 5

Visit to Lamanai Mayan ruins.

Day 6

Transfer to eco-resort in the southern district Toledo.

Day 7

Optional active and cultural adventures.

Day 8

Excursion to Hokeb Ha cave and Ixcacao cocoa plantation.

Day 9

Transfer to Caribbean beach resort at Placencia.

Day 10

Optional water sports and wildlife spotting.

Day 11

Further beach time and sea-sport opportunities.

Day 12

Transfer to Belize City airport for international flight.

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Caribbean cayes and coast
Relaxing in the Caribbean cayes
With its musical inspiration and cuisine emanating from the reggae and rasta Caribbean culture, and everyone speaking English, Belize still has its own national identity, no more so than on the coast.

There are sugar-white Caribbean beaches on the mainland and the offshore cayes with coral reefs lying just offshore and wrecks harbouring a wealth of underwater life. Ambergris Caye, the largest island, offers access to the reef. Caye Caulker, a lobster-fishing island, is a long-time hippy paradise which has retained its easy-going atmosphere. Placencia, a barefoot resort currently under development, is at the tip of a spidery spit of land south of the little clap-board fishing port of Dangriga.
When's the best time to visit the Caribbean in Belize?

The best weather conditions are during the dry season Dec-May, when temperatures hover around 30°C. There’s a risk of tropical storms or hurricanes June-Nov. The busiest time for tourists is Dec-Mar.

What's the official language of Belize?

English

How do I get to Belize's Caribbean coast and cays?

The cayes, and the southern resorts such as Placencia, are accessible by light aircraft and boat from Belize City.

What are the festivals, cultural and sporting events in Belize's Caribbean?
Belize chocolate festival: Toledo in southern Belize, 3 days in May annually.

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

Costa Maya Festival: San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, early Aug. A five day festival with music, dance, cuisine, and other cultural celebrations from the Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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.

How do I get local money in Belize's Caribbean coast and cays?
Belizean dollar. Notes can be obtained from money exchanges and from banks (Ambergris and Caye Caulker have them) 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. Time difference:  GMT -6 hrs.  

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Maya mountains and jungle
Chan Chich Lodge Belize
The unspoilt interior of Belize harbours some of Central America’s loveliest landscapes and a host of little-visited Mayan sites. In the north, wildlife sanctuaries rub shoulders with sugar cane fields, and recently uncovered Mayan cities poke their head above the canopy of dense jungle. The river banks from the Mennonite village of Shipyard are decorated with tangled bromeliads hanging from tropical trees. Nearby are the Mayan ruins of Lamanai with almost 700 structures.

West towards Guatemala, in the Cayo District, the Macal River offers a water-borne way to explore the forest scenery; and the jagged peaks and gorges of ancient Mountain Pine Ridge are just begging to be explored.
When's the best time to go Belize's Mayan mountains?
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 round. There’s a low risk of tropical storms or hurricanes Jun-Nov. The busiest time for tourists is Dec-Mar. 
What's the official language of Belize Mayan mountains?

English.

How do I get local currency in Belize Mayan mountains?
Belizean dollar. Notes can be obtained from money exchanges and  from banks which will supply advances on a debit or credit card. There are few, if any, ATMs outside Belize City where you can use a UK credit or debit card. 
What's the time difference between Belize Mayan mountains and UK?

GMT -6 hrs.

What places combine well with Belize Mayan mountains?
A beach stay on one of Belize’s coral cayes, accessible from Belize City by air or boat; a visit to neighbouring Guatemala, with its Latin and Mayan cultural heritage, there’s a road link to the Mayan ruins at Tikal in the jungle Petén; southern Mexico, crossing the land border at Chetumal. 
How do I get to Belize Mayan mountains?

The north: fly from Belize City to Gallon Jug (30mins) followed by a short drive to Chan Chich. By road and river via Orange Walk from Belize City to Lamanai (2hrs). For the Macal River, travel from Belize to San Ignacio, 115km.

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Toledo and the south
Lubaatun ruins
Sometimes referred to as Belize’s ‘forgotten district’, remote Toledo is the country’s southernmost region: its rugged terrain is carpeted with pristine rainforests whose dense canopies cover caves and creeks, crystal clear swimming holes and waterfalls, and little-visited Mayan ruins. On the coastal lowlands lies the small fishing town of Punta Gorda, the region’s capital and launching pad for explorations into this off-the-beaten-track part of Belize.

Toledo’s population, though sparse, is diverse: Mopan and Kekchi Maya, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite and Mestizo communities have all settled here, creating a unique tapestry of culture and heritage that is fascinating to behold. Ancient Maya traditions have been brought forth to the 21st century and the most important mainstay of local industry is still the production of cacao, with Belize’s annual chocolate festival being held here every May.
When's the best time to visit Toledo and south 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 round. There’s a low risk of tropical storms or hurricanes Jun-Nov. The busiest time for tourists is Dec-Mar. For chocolate lovers, Belize's annual Chocolate Festival takes places in Punta Gorda in May.
What's the official language of Toledo and south Belize?

English.

How do I get local currency in Toledo and south Belize?
Belizean dollar. Notes can be obtained from money exchanges and  from banks which will supply advances on a debit or credit card. There are few, if any, ATMs outside Belize City where you can use a UK credit or debit card. 
What's the time difference between Toledo and south Belize and UK?

GMT -6 hrs.

What places combine well with Toledo and south Belize?

A visit to neighbouring Guatemala's Caribbean coast at Livingston; Placencia in southern Belize.

How do I get to Toledo and south Belize?

Fly to Punta Gorda from Belize City, Placencia and Dangriga.

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