Day 1: Meet the group at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel for 5:30 p.m. orientation, dinner, and lodging.
Day 2: After group breakfast walk to our private dock two blocks away. From here we travel two hours by boat to Long Caye (65 miles). After lunch, move into your cabana, explore the island, and snorkel right off our shore after the orientation.
Day 3: Our sea kayak orientation is this morning: we cover paddle strokes, entering and exiting the kayak, and rescue techniques. After lunch one guide takes a group paddling to a nearby patch reef to snorkel from the kayaks, while another guide offers windsurfing instruction. Certified divers may also begin diving.
Day 4: The first Discover Scuba/Resort course is often offered this morning for beginning divers. Others enjoy a morning paddle or go diving. Both windsurfing and kayak surfing orientations are offered in the afternoon. You may join one or both, then continue to practice these sports with or without a guide for the rest of the week.
Day 5: Paddle (or wind permitting, kite sail) five miles round-trip to Middle Caye to tour the Marine Research Center, base for visiting marine biologists. You may also choose “island time” and stay on the island. You can sea kayak, snorkel, dive, surf kayak, windsurf, surf, or just relax.
Day 6: After breakfast and a morning of island activities, you depart just after lunch, arriving in Belize City by 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. The staff of Maya Mountain Lodge will pick you up and drive you to this wonderful jungle hideaway, nestled beneath the rainforest canopy; this is where we stay for the next three nights.
Day 7: Caracol Mayan Ruins. Early in the morning we depart for the Mayan ruins of Caracol, located deep in the jungle of the Maya Mountains. This 1 hour drive climbs over Mountain Pine Ridge and crosses the Macal River on the way to this extremely remote site. Restoration work is in progress, much of the ruin lies in its natural state. The tour of the site is fully guided. Lunch is served picnic-style at the site. After this all-day tour we return to Maya Mountain for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Actun Tunichil Muknal. After an early breakfast we drive to trailhead for Actun Tunichil Muknal, the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher. This cavern was considered to be an entrance to Shivalva, the Mayan home of subterranean gods. Discovered only a few years ago, this is one of the most impressive archaeological treasures in the region. First we hike about two miles from the edge of the rainforest to the cave entrance.
We enter by swimming a few feet across the creek which issues from the cave’s mouth. Inside we find vaulted halls brimming with tall columns of crystallized flowstone. We view ceramic offerings left by Shamans, mixed with the bones and skulls of sacrificial victims. Deep inside the cave we reach a fully-articulated skeleton of a woman bonded to the cave floor. Few other Mayan sites can compare to the treasure found here, the premier caving tour in Belize.
Day 9: Transfer to Belize City. After breakfast at the lodge we transfer to Belize International Airport (or another location in Belize City). Note that only breakfast is included this day.
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