Explore Belize

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 10 Days | Belize City to Caye Caulker
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Whether relaxing on the beach or immersing yourself in the local culture, refresh your spirit on a 10-day adventure in Belize. Explore some of best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take part in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover a monkey sanctuary and remote jungle villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Leave your to-do list at home, and slow down to the pace of this special place in the sun.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore the Mayan ruins at Lamanai with a local guide.
    • Learn the age-old art of handcrafting pottery at a women’s cooperative in San Ignacio.
    • Unwind on Caye Caulker, and take an optional sailing and snorkeling excursion to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef
    • Try your hand at traditional Garifuna drumming.

Itinerary - 10 Days

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

Enjoy a full day exploring the ruins of Lamanai, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of hundreds of structures surrounded by lush jungle. Return to the lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds enjoying the local wildlife. (1B, 1L)

Days 3, 4, & 5 — San Ignacio

Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, 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 Cayo women's cooperative and learn about the centuries-old tradition of throwing pots and tortilla making. Enjoy a local lunch before continuing to our rainforest hotel. Indulge in two days of free time to explore the surrounding area. Options include a full-day excursion to Guatemala to visit Tikal, exploring the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ruins of Xunantunich, a visit to a butterfly garden, or tubing and canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. (3B, 1L)

Days 6 & 7 — Hopkins

Travel to the coastal town of Hopkins with a visit to Marie Sharp’s hot sauce factory en route. Discover the fascinating Garifuna culture and take a drumming lesson. Then opt to discover the jaguar reserve at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary; visit nearby Tobacco Caye and do some snorkeling; go zip lining, hiking, or rappelling amid the lush jungles of Mayflower Bocawina National Park; or explore the surrounding coastal landscapes by bicycle. (2B)

Days 8 & 9 — Caye Caulker

Drive up the coast and visit an animal conservation center before catching the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise. Opt to join a full-day sailing-and-snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef, take a manatee tour, enjoy sunset sailing, or just indulge in some valuable relaxation time. On the final evening, enjoy a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. (2B, 1D)

Day 10 — Caye Caulker

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $859

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions to Actun Tunichil Muknal and Xunantunich, and optional activities in San Ignacio and Caye Caulker, are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights)

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $320–420 for meals not included.

Private van/minibus, ferry

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.