Belize holiday, discover Belize

“A 15 day, small group tour of Belize, including Maya ruins, wildlife sanctuaries and the Belize Barrier Reef. Two days in Guatemala. Staying in hotels and lodges, optional snorkelling, rainforest hikes and river canoeing. ”

Highlights

Belize City | Altun Ha | Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary | Lagoon boat ride | Lamanai | Community Baboon Sanctuary | Placencia | Belize Barrier Reef | Laughing Bird Caye | Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve | Xunantunich | Guatemala : Tikal | Caye Caulker

Description of Belize holiday, discover Belize

From rainforest hikes and exotic wildlife to paradise islands and ancient jungle ruins, Belize is an adventure that will appeal to everyone.

Belize is a paradise for bird watching, and there will be many opportunities for wildlife watching during this trip. Hear the dawn chorus during a sunrise walk around the Crooked Tree Lagoon, listen out for howler monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary and catch the blue flash of a kingfisher fishing in the lagoon. Spend a few hours in the world's first and only jaguar reserve, where we’ll try to spot this elusive predator, as well as wild pigs, deer and tapirs. We will visit manatees in their mangrove habitats and go snorkelling among corals with a catamaran tour around the idyllic islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.

The highlight of this trip is discovering the lost Maya civilisations of Belize. With the help of an experienced guide, we’ll visit the ruins of Altun Ha, see the huge pyramid at Xunantunich and cross the border into Guatemala to explore the Mayan metropolis of Tikal. We’ll also sail up crocodile-inhabited rivers, through jungle filled with the twitter of birds, to get to the ancient Maya ruins of Lamanai.

Accommodation will be a mix of comfortable hotels and lodges, including an overnight stay in the former capital, Belize City, a typical Caribbean town with faded colonial houses, and two nights at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, where we’ll stay in a lodge on the edge of the lagoon.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize holiday, discover Belize

Environment

All hotels and transport are locally owned. We support the Mayan community at the Cockscomb sanctuary: a small community of Mayan ladies survive on the production of their traditional crafts. We also donate to and visit the Baboon Sanctuary an area designated for the protection of the howler monkeys. Where we use local providers for excursions such as lamanai and the snorkelling trips our local crew are trained in and brief on responsible tourism and the protection of the flora and fauna (coral reefs) in the area.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

Community

Belize is still largely untouristy on the mainland, and many of the communities survive off the tourism economy and are engaged with protecting their local environment, whether it be jungle, wetland or reef. At the Crooked Tree Wildlife Reserve you will visit the Belize Audobon Society's ranger station, which does a lot of work into educating the young people in the area in wildlife protection.

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Reviewed on 17 Mar 2016 by

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


Birdwatching with experts and seeing Howler Monkeys at close quarters

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


It is very humid even in the dry season

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


yes

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


Fantastic holiday

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2014 by

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


My first sight of a Maya temple through the jungle, watching a whole family of coatimundis cross the path at Tikal, & swimming with a spotted eagle ray.

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


Take time to enjoy the moments and remember the sights, rather than trying to take photos of everything.... and take a brolly for the warm rain :-)

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


Yes. We stayed in locally owned hotels, ate in locally owned restaurants and used ( and tipped) local guides at all sites and snorkeling trips. We minimised our plastic waste and were careful not to damage the reefs where we snorkeled. We visited several reserves and conservation projects which were supported by our entry fees.

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


Great. Chris was an excellent group leader - his local knowledge gave us a real insight into Belize - it's people, history and wildlife. I went hoping for Maya sites, jungle wildlife and snorkelling. All were superb.

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