Red Carpet World Travel

 

 

303-743-0011  darlene@redcarpetworldtravel.com
3025 S Parker Rd St 735, Aurora, CO 80014

 

National Geographic Journey's "Explore Belize"

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“National Geographic Journeys” Explore Belize Belize City to Caye Caulker

February 8 - February 16 2020

SMALL GROUP TOUR (12 people maximum)

$1799pp double occupancy + air

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Darlene or Kristina

RED CARPET WORLD TRAVEL

3025 S. PARKER RD #735, AURORA CO 80014

303-743-0011

DASTACIE@GMAIL.COM

 

Day 1 Belize City/Burrell Boom

Arrive at any time in Belize city and transfer to our hotel just outside the city in the village of Burrell Boom.

 

 

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to arrive at any time to the Belize City airport where you will be met and transferred to our hotel near Burrell Boom village, which is about 30 minutes from the airport.

Hotels vary greatly throughout Central America and even within Belize depending on the location. We do our best to pick comfortable accommodations, but in remote places, options can be limited. It also is important to remember that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Belize (even in upgraded hotels). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

The heat and humidity of Belize may affect you upon arrival. You may have a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm; it is simply your body's reaction to the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water (cold bottled water is available everywhere) and do not attempt too much in any given day.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodations:Black Orchid Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 2 Burrell Boom

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 to spot local wildlife. Lamanai Ruins Guided Tour

 

Lamanai - Belize City

Lamanai is located on the shore of the New River Lagoon and is one of the largest Mayan ceremonial site within the region. Lamanai translates as "submerged crocodile" in ancient Mayan, and the site was occupied as early as 1500 BC. The onsite museum has interesting artifacts on display.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations:Black Orchid Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 3 Burrell Boom/San Ignacio

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 San Ignacio.

 

 

The town of San Ignacio is situated on the banks of the Macal River. It is a perfect location to visit the surrounding countryside. All activities here are optional, so the choice is yours: explore the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, containing relics dating back 1400 years, visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

Private Vehicle

Burrell Boom - San Ignacio3h-4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla-Making Lesson

Corn tortillas are a staple of Belizean cuisine, and the fresher they are the better. Drop by the San Antonio Women's Cooperative for a tortilla-making lesson and demonstration. Help grind wet corn kernels on an ancient stone that's been passed down through generations to the special ladies who work here. Then try your own hand at making perfectly round tortillas, which is harder than you may think. Afterward, enjoy the results of the group with a cup of atole, a local corn drink.

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Howler Monkey Experience

Founded by five-time National Geographic-grantee Dr. Robert Horwich, the Community Baboon Sanctuary is a conservation project that works to protect the natural habitat of the black howler monkey through community education and sustainable ecotourism practices. Go for a nature walk in the rainforest with a community guide to observe monkeys in the wild. The sanctuary also promotes the economic development of the surrounding communities through the ecotourism it brings in. Over 200 private, local landowners in seven villages, stretching over 20 square miles, have voluntarily pledged to conserve their land for the protection of the black howler monkey, resulting in an increase in the monkey population. So as part of the experience, also enjoy a cultural demonstration of rice beating and cashew roasting.

Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch

Like in many places around the world, education for women in the village of San Antonio isn't prioritized. Girls don't typically attend school beyond primary levels. So a women's cooperative was founded here, as a way for underprivileged women to earn income, learn new skills, and share centuries-old Mayan techniques and knowledge. Visit the pottery workshop, which is newly expanded with an investment from G Adventures. Meet some of the women who've found community within its walls and gain insight into the tradition of throwing pots. Try your own hand at these ancient techniques during a pottery class. Afterward, enjoy lunch together with these inspiring and unforgettable women, sampling traditional foods of the Cayo region.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations:Midas Resort (or similar)

 

Day 4 San Ignacio

Enjoy an excursion to explore the stunning Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Relax this afternoon or opt to visit the butterfly gardens, or go tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.

 

Free Time

San Ignacio Afternoon

Relax in the jungle or choose from the many optional activities in the area.

 

Xunantunich Visit

Xunantunich2h-4h 11km

Hike to the top of this impressive 9th-century Maya centre, set high on a natural limestone ridge, and admire the view of the Mopan River, Cayo District and neighbouring Guatemalan countryside. The tallest temple, El Castillo, is partially excavated and explored and there's a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the structure. Discover why Xunantunich is Belize's most visited site with intricately carved stellae, 25 temples, and well-preserved palaces.

 

Optional Activities - Day 4

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit

90USD per person

 

The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave has only been open to the public since 1998. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see up to 1400 artifacts, including pottery, tools and vessels used by the Maya for a thousand years. Hike 45 minutes to the cave entrance, wade/swim through deep pools, past calcite formations, to explore this damp, dark place of ritual and sacrifice. With a helmet and headlamp, see the skeleton of the "Crystal Maiden," a young girl whose bones have calcified over the past 1,100 years, making them appear to sparkle.

 

Butterfly Gardens

San Ignacio

8USD per person

Enjoy a visit to the serene butterfly house and gardens. Learn about the fascinating life cycle of these beautiful insects and enjoy the scores of brightly coloured and varied species flitting about the gardens. This place is a treat for visitors of all ages.

 

Cave Tubing

Caves Branch7h-8h 45km

75USD per person

Strap on a headlamp, sit on an inner tube and get set to enter the underworld. Float on an underground river past stalactites hanging above and through shafts of filtered light. Discover firsthand why the Maya selected these sites to make offerings to their gods.

 

Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

Barton Creek6h-8h 30km

50-75USD per person

Strap on a headlamp, step in the canoe and paddle along an ancient Mayan waterway inside the Barton Creek Cave. Bring your camera to take memorable photos of cathedral rock chambers, stalactites and stalagmites. Upon return, opt to swim at Big Rock Falls.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Activities:Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit, Butterfly Gardens, Cave Tubing, Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

Accommodations:Midas Resort (or similar)

Day 5 San Ignacio

Enjoy a free day to visit the sites of the surrounding countryside. There are several activity options including an exploration of the Mayan cave of Actun

Tunichil Muknal, visiting the butterfly gardens, and tubing or canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region.



 

Your Discover Moment

San Ignacio Full Day

There's plenty to see and do in San Ignacio, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like cave exploring, visiting Mayan ruins, and horseback riding. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Optional Activities - Day 5

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit

Actun Tunichil Muknal6h-8h 29km

90USD per person

The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave has only been open to the public since 1998. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see up to 1400 artifacts, including pottery, tools and vessels used by the Maya for a thousand years. Hike 45 minutes to the cave entrance, wade/swim through deep pools, past calcite formations, to explore this damp, dark place of ritual and sacrifice. With a helmet and headlamp, see the skeleton of the "Crystal Maiden," a young girl whose bones have calcified over the past 1,100 years, making them appear to sparkle.

Butterfly Gardens

San Ignacio

8USD per person

Enjoy a visit to the serene butterfly house and gardens. Learn about the fascinating life cycle of these beautiful insects and enjoy the scores of brightly coloured and varied species flitting about the gardens. This place is a treat for visitors of all ages.

 

Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

Barton Creek6h-8h 30km

50-75USD per person

Strap on a headlamp, step in the canoe and paddle along an ancient Mayan waterway inside the Barton Creek Cave. Bring your camera to take memorable photos of cathedral rock chambers, stalactites and stalagmites. Upon return, opt to swim at Big Rock Falls.

 

Cave Tubing

Caves Branch7h-8h 45km

75USD per person

Strap on a headlamp, sit on an inner tube and get set to enter the underworld. Float on an underground river past stalactites hanging above and through shafts of filtered light. Discover firsthand why the Maya selected these sites to make offerings to their gods.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Activities:Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit, Butterfly Gardens, Cave Tubing, Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

Accommodations:Midas Resort (or similar)

Day 6 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker                              

Drive back to the coast and catch the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise.

 

Caye Caulker is a long thin limestone caye off the coast of Belize. Fewer than 2,000 people live here full-time - an eclectic mix of Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mennonites, along with a few hippies and retirees. The main street is a sandy pathway and people get around on foot, by bike or golf cart. Apart from eating some sensational seafood (lobster is a local specialty), the main activity is snorkelling and boating along the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.

 

Caye Caulker is very small and has a limited number of accommodations available. For this reason, we often use different hotels, depending on the departure and time of year. Accommodations are a bit rustic, and rooms will have ensuite, electricity and hot water, but due to the remote location, there may be occasional interruptions to these services. The stunning location and natural beauty of this off-the-beaten-track island more than make up for a few minor inconveniences.

 

Private Vehicle

San Ignacio - Belize City4h-5h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry

Belize City - Caye Caulker1h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast

Accommodations:Rolson Hotel (or similar)

 

Day 7 Caye Caulker

Explore the Island with a local on a leisurely bike tour with a guide from the G Adventures for Good-supported Bike with Purpose project. This afternoon, opt to snorkel or just indulge in some serious R&R.

 

The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures.

Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour

Take a leisurely bike tour around Caye Caulker with a guide from the G Adventures for Good supported Bike with Purpose project. See the island through the eyes of a local on this two-hour tour, and live the island's motto of 'Go Slow'. Feel the island breeze in you hair while knowing you're supporting a program that helps youth from Caye Caulker build skills for tourism jobs upon graduation from high school.

Your Discover Moment

Caye Caulker Full Day

There's plenty to see and do in Caye Caulker, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling, sea kayaking, and sailing. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Optional Activities - Day 7

Hol Chan Snorkel Tour

Caye Caulker5h-6h

35-70USD per person

Slather on the sunscreen and set out on a snorkel adventure of a lifetime. Stop at the coral gardens, shark and ray alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkel three different spots along the Belize reef in this protected channel. See hundreds of varieties of tropical fish in this natural aquarium including angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and green moray eels. Be sure to check out the Coral Gardens to see a rainbow of colours - red, purple, pink and green - and depending on the season, float past manatees while you marvel at nature's underwater artistry.

 

Sunset Sailing Boat Tour

Caye Caulker

35USD per person

Set sail just before sunset. Relax with reggae music and rum punch, snack on shrimp ceviche and snap a few photos as you sail around the island as the sun sets to the west of Caye Caulker.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Activities:Hol Chan Snorkel Tour, Sunset Sailing Boat Tour

Accommodations:Rolson Hotel (or similar)
 

Day 8 Caye Caulker                                      

Enjoy the day and opt to join a full-day sailing and snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef, or just kick back and relax by the water. In the evening, take part in a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.

 

The barrier reef off Caye Caulker is a true wonder of nature. Optional snorkel trips get you up close and personal with nurse sharks and rays, to name a few of the wondrous resident creatures.


Free Time

Caye Caulker

Options abound or choose just to kick back and relax in true Caye Caulker style.

 

Optional Activities - Day 8

Hol Chan Snorkel Tour

Caye Caulker5h-6h

35-70USD per person

Slather on the sunscreen and set out on a snorkel adventure of a lifetime. Stop at the coral gardens, shark and ray alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkel three different spots along the Belize reef in this protected channel. See hundreds of varieties of tropical fish in this natural aquarium including angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and green moray eels. Be sure to check out the Coral Gardens to see a rainbow of colours - red, purple, pink and green - and depending on the season, float past manatees while you marvel at nature's underwater artistry.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Visit

Caye Caulker6h-6h30m

Enjoy a full-day snorkelling trip that visits three different spots to snorkel, including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Depart late morning, enjoy lunch in between snorkels, and cruise back to Caye Caulker just before sunset with a complimentary glass of rum punch in your hand.

 

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activities:Hol Chan Snorkel Tour, Hol Chan Marine Reserve Visit

Accommodations:Rolson Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 Caye Caulker

Depart at any time.

Meals Included:Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Private vehicle, water taxi.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tortilla-Making Lesson, San Ignacio
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Howler Monkey Experience, San Ignacio
  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Cooperative visit with Pottery Class and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
  • Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker
  • Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio
  • Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
  • Arrival transfer
  • Lamanai ruins guided tour
  • Xunantunich ruins guided excursion
  • Farewell dinner at a local Caye Caulker restaurant
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Caye Caulker, Belize, Central America