No experience necessary, but an adventurous spirit is! Minimum age: 10.
Belize Adventure Week -- our ever-popular, action-packed tour -- explores this fascinating country using a multi-sport format. Our trend-setting itinerary is the culmination of twenty-six years of exploring Belize; and we have designed an itinerary that packs in fifteen different sports into eight days!
SATURDAY, DAY 1: Arrive at Belize International Airport, then taxi to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel for a 4:30 p.m. meeting in the lobby. We leave for Maya Mountain Lodge no later than 5:00 p.m. Please note: it is important that your flight arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. in order to guarantee that you not miss your ride to western Belize. If you must land later than 4:30 you will have to catch up with the group (see If Late or Delayed, page 8). You may also meet us at Maya Mountain by 6:30 p.m. if you are already in the country. Orientation, dinner, and overnight at Maya Mountain Lodge, our base for the next three nights.
SUNDAY, DAY 2: After breakfast we drive to Che Chem Ha Mayan Cave, one of the most impressive archaeological treasures in the region. This cavern was discovered only a few years ago by a local farmer who will also be our guide.
We hike about one mile to the cave entrance; entering we soon see hundreds of ceramic offerings left by Mayan shamans. Descending further, we reach a final ceremonial chamber. After lunch we drop into the lower gorge of the Macal River where we embark on a 5-mile run on sit-on-top kayaks. We begin with a training session on river safety and basic kayak technique, then launch downstream where numerous, easy rapids are encountered. The spectacular gorge is hemmed in by virgin rainforest and numerous iguanas, parrots and other birdlife are commonly seen. If the Macal is too high to run, we run the Mopan.
MONDAY, DAY 3: Another early breakfast sees us off to the amazing ruins of Tikal in nearby Guatemala, the region’s most extensive archeological site. There a local guide leads us through the ruins, giving interpretive talks as we explore the many temples and buildings that cover several square miles. Tikal is also an excellent place to see wildlife, such as monkeys, exotic birdlife, and small mammals. We visit the park museum where an array of artifacts and carvings found at Tikal are displayed, and some excellent gift shops can be found on location as well. Tikal is a must-do experience for all visitors to Belize. We return to the jungle for a final night.
TUESDAY, DAY 4: This morning we pack up and head out to the Caves Branch River. After a short river orientation we launch on our underground journey in rafts and kayaks, navigating four caverns by headlamp. This unique trip combines caving and river running for an unusual, captivating ride. Stops include short hikes up tributaries and a visit to a Mayan “totem pole” carved into a stalagmite. We also negotiate a quarter-mile portage on a jungle trail. This fabulous odyssey is arguably the best one-day adventure in the country, a must-do for any visit to Belize! Upon finishing this trip, we drive back to Belize City to our accommodations at the Belize Biltmore hotel, where we are joined by others on the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Second Half package. Before dinner, your guide covers information on the island and the boat ride coming up the next day.
WEDNESDAY, DAY 5: Time to hit the Caribbean! After breakfast we head out to our island, Long Caye, on our private shuttle boat (2.5 hrs). Arriving before noon, we tour the island facilities, have lunch, and move into our cabanas. Soon after that we assemble for our fist snorkel excursion, swimming into the reefs right from shore. Time permitting; some guests may want to try out kayak surfing if the waves are up before happy hour and dinner. You retire to your cabana on the shore where the sounds of the sea lull you to sleep.
THURSDAY, DAY 6: Sea kayak orientation starts the day. Our guides cover paddle strokes, entering and exiting the kayak from the water, and other basic techniques. After lunch we paddle to a nearby reef to snorkel from the kayaks. Scuba diving is available whether you are a certified diver or want to try scuba for the first time.
FRIDAY, DAY 7: Our last full day begins with windsurfing instruction. Guests may also choose between activities such as kayak rolling lessons, scuba courses, paddleboarding, surfing, or fishing.
SATURDAY, DAY 8: Island activities in the morning. After lunch we return to Belize City, arriving in late afternoon. Our arrival time cannot be predicted since it depends on the weather and schedule of the group coming out. Guests should not make other plans for Saturday night; the cost of the last night is included in the trip price. After checking in we go out to our favorite restaurant.
SUNDAY, DAY 9: Earliest day to fly home.
Small-Trip Surcharge: All trips have a minimum requirement of 4 guests; however, we will run a trip for two to three guests with an additional surcharge of $300/person. When you sign up for a trip, please be aware you will be charged this additional fee if fewer than four people sign up. We will bill you two weeks prior to departure for this additional fee if it applies.
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