Slutdestination: Caye Caulker
Step away from your daily routine to a special place in the sun. Imagine some soul-recharging beach time, but with added cultural experiences that give you a look at what life is like in Belize. Explore some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover remote villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Introduce yourself to a different pace of life in Belize.
Private vehicle, water taxi, walking.
Hotels (9 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tortilla-Making Lesson, San Ignacio National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Garifuna Drumming Lesson and Performance, Hopkins G Adventures for Good: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio. Arrival transfer. Lamanai ruins guided tour. Tour a hot sauce factory. Visit Belize Tropical Education Center. Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore the jungle-set Mayan ruins of Lamanai, enjoy a traditional Cayo lunch at a women's cooperative in San Antonio, learn how to drum with a lesson at the Lebeha Drumming Center, taste the difference at Marie Sharp's hot sauce factory, chill out and enjoy the tropical island vibe on Caye Caulker
Day 1 Belize City/Burrell Boom
Arrive at any time in Belize city and transfer to the hotel just outside the city in the village of Burrell Boom.
Day 2 Burrell Boom (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Lamanai ruins, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of over 800 structures surrounded by lush jungle. Return to our lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds enjoying the local wildlife.
Day 3 Burrell Boom/San Ignacio (1B, 1L)
Drive to San Ignacio and visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, co-founded by five-time National Geographic grantee Dr Robert Horwich. Learn about the black howler monkey before going on a rainforest walk to observe monkeys in the wild. After, visit a G Adventures-supported Cayo women's cooperative where we learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots and tortilla making. Enjoy a local lunch before continuing on to our rainforest hotel.
Day 4 San Ignacio (1B)
Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.
Day 5 San Ignacio (1B)
Enjoy two free days to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside with options including: full day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or ruins of Xunantunich, visit the butterfly gardens or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.
Day 6 San Ignacio/Hopkins (1B)
Travel to Hopkins on the coast and enjoy a visit to Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory en route. Explore the fascinating Garifuna culture, take a drumming lesson, and enjoy a demonstration by these amazing artists.
Day 7 Hopkins (1B)
Enjoy the day in the laid-back village of Hopkins. Opt to visit nearby palmed Tobacco Caye and do some snorkelling, visit a wildlife sanctuary, or explore the area by bicycle.
Day 8 Hopkins/Caye Caulker (1B)
Drive up the coast and visit an animal conservation centre before catching the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise.
Day 9 Caye Caulker (1B, 1D)
Enjoy the day with option to join a full-day sailing and snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef or just indulge in some serious R&R. In the evening, enjoy a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Day 10 Caye Caulker (1B)
Depart at any time.