Belize small group adventure holiday

“The Tikal ruins alone are well-worth the trip however, throw wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves and underground caves into the mix and you've got yourself one heck of a tour.”

Highlights

Belize City | Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary | Guatemala | camp at Uaxactun | Tikal National Park | San Ignacio | Actun Tunichil Muknal caves | Maya Cocoa | Dangriga | see the Blue Hole en-route to Caye Caulker | Optional activities include: canoeing at Barton Creek caves, Scuba diving trips to the Belize Barrier Reef or visits to the community 'baboon' sanctuary |

Description of Belize small group adventure holiday

This thirteen day Belize adventure holiday, travelling with a small group and fully guided, packs a mighty punch when it comes to covering all things cultural, natural and absolutely beautiful in Belize. With an exciting bit of Guatemala thrown in for good measure.

For natural beauties, we start with the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the top birding spots in the country with nearly 300 species. We spend the night here, allowing you to wake up to a dawn chorus of birds in paradise. The next protected area on the itinerary is the St. Hermans Blue Hole National Park, where the main attractions are limestone wonders of St. Herman’s Cave and the swimming haven that is the Blue Hole.

In between these two stunning places we enjoy neighbouring Guatemala’s cultural heritage with visits to two fine Mayan civilisation sites, Uaxactun and Tikal. Both stunning in their own right and surrounded by tropical forest, they are some of the greats on the Mayan Trail. We also get a chance to visit and stay with the Uaxactun community, many of whom still lead traditional lives in the forests.

The last few days are spent in the magnificent blue waters of Belize, which boast over two hundred cayes, or small islands, formed by a gathering of sand on top of reefs. We spend time on one of the best known, Caye Caulker, a gateway for the spectacular Hol Chan Marine Reserve and where we enjoy some snorkelling, swimming and swooning over the plethora of fish, turtles, dolphins, nurse sharks, corals, seahorses and many more. Because Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world. Its beauty is limitless.

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Our top tip:
Slippery rocks and the occasional deluge mean waterproof shoes with a good grip are advisable as is an umbrella or good standard of waterproofs. Also, mozzi deterrent will certainly come in handy.
Trip type:
Small group. Average size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate. Snorkelling, camping and caving.
Accomm:
10 nights in standard en-suite hotels/lodges and 2 nights in fully-equipped campsites.
Included:
Accomm., transport, listed activities, tour leader throughout.
Meals:
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners.
Solos:
Single room supps available.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize small group adventure holiday

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 10 nights in a mixture of hotels and lodges and 2 nights in full-service camping. All the accommodation we use is of benefit to local people by providing employment opportunities in the region. The camping portion of the tour is particularly good for the Uaxactun community as this is the only tour which stays here. By sleeping, eating and taking a tour around the area, we offer members of the community an avenue of income which is alternative to the usual gathering and sale of forest products. Whilst the permanent lodgings are environmentally aware, by camping for part of the trip we really are reducing our carbon footprint for the whole trip. Where meals are provided, locally sourced ingredients will be used wherever possible-like freshly baked bread, eggs, exotic fruit and cold meats. Lunches and dinners are a good chance to support small businesses along the route; expect delicious barbequed meats with rice and beans, ceviche and grilled catch of the day.

Conservation:
We offer an optional excursion to the Community Baboon Sanctuary, where entrance fees go towards supporting the conservation of endangered Black Howler Monkeys. This grass roots project is a reserve for the monkeys, providing them with 20 square miles of forest to roam freely in. It is estimated that there are now 2,000 Black Howler monkeys living in this area. There are also various opportunities for interaction with locals – during a kayaking excursion we will meet with a ranger from the Toledo Institute for Development and Education (TIDES) to learn about conservation work in the Toledo area. Profits from this excursion go towards conservation of natural resources in the area and community development.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Crafts and Culture:
We visit a number of ruins, including Uaxactun and Tikal- which is nearly 20 square miles in size and surrounded by the dense jungles of Petén. We take a tour of both sites visiting the main temples, palaces, squares, tombs, residences and religious monuments. There is the opportunity to learn a lot about the ancient history and ways of life of the Mayan people and what these mean for locals today. Our tour of the Uaxactun community gives us the chance to interact with the people living there and to get a grasp of their culture which is so intertwined with the environment. Our guides will tell us about the various ways they make a living from the rainforest whilst protecting it for future generations. There are colourful handicraft stalls in several of the location we visit, selling woven baskets, hammocks, painted ceramics and carved, wooden items.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 26 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting Tikal and snorkelling at Caye Caulker. Tikal surpassed all expectations and I enjoyed the Belizean barrier reef much more than the Australian.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Beware of sand flies at Dangriga. They're tiny - like Scottish midges - and give horrible bites that mature into nasty painful blisters after a few days. Deet based mosquito repellent doesn't work, only oily products like Avon Skin So Soft.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All tourism that involves air, road or speed boat transport impacts negatively on the environment so let's not kid ourselves. I hope our use of local guides and services did benefit local people and went some way to compensate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Highly!

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Mayan buildings and the ATM cave.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


On Caye Caulker there is a lot of snorkelling offered and not much else in the trip line. This is fine if snorkelling is your thing, but may be unwelcome if it is not.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we used local transport, stayed in locally owned accommodation, ate in locally owned restaurants and provided funds for Belize Audubon Society. We felt all our spend stayed local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. An insight into the nature and culture of these beautiful, if economically challenged, countries.

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Camping between a village and Mayan ruins. Snorkelling with turtles, rays and sharks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack wet weather gear. It can really rain in Belize.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We used local cafes and tourism businesses. Several of the activities involved paying park fees to support natural and historical sites. Unfortunately we had to use bottled water but care was taken with disposal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

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