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8 Days
Availability : Flexible Dates
Belize City, Belize
Belize City, Belize
Min Age : 10+

This weeklong package designed for families showcases Belize from the comfort of two sustainable eco-lodges. From the natural serenity of the Maya Mountains to the water’s edge of Placencia, we are reminded that paradise can exist in more than one locale.

You’ll stay three nights in a stylish two-bedroom, two-bathroom villa at a mountain hideaway eco-lodge, where you can swim beneath cascading waterfalls and explore the exotic flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. The kids will love the new infinity swimming pool and the swimming hold and sandy beaches along Privassion Creek.

There will be lots of activity options for the whole family from learning about the jaguar, raptor, Scarlet Macaw and bat research projects to birding and nature treks to exploring the nearby ancient Maya sites. On arrival, the adventure coordinator and conservation officer will help you decide which activities are best for your family. 

 
 
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  • Positive nature experiences with buildings that blend into the natural environment – thatch, hardwoods, pine and bamboo along with regionally produced tile are the mainstay of our construction materials. Local construction crews were used for building work and the vast majority of materials are sourced locally.
  • Sympathetic landscaping in harmony with local ecology – we use local and regional plants for landscaping that are not reliant on intensive irrigation.
  • Self-sustaining in energy use through our hydroelectric plant that harnesses the energy of Privassion Creek. Excess energy generated is used to heat the hot pool at the Waterfall Spa. Piping for the hydro is hidden beneath raised walkways thus minimizing visual and environmental impact.
  • Use of natural light. water efficiency including wastewater recycling and composting, and use of biodegradable detergents and organic soaps
  • Hiring and training of local staff that also maintain a 3-acre organic garden that produces vegetables, herbs, and fruits and with keeping own chickens to serve free-range eggs
  • Locally sourced fish and meat

Conservation: Eco-lodges sponsor and collect data for Dr. Marcella Kelly’s Ix Jaguar Density Project. The project is a long term effort by Virginia Tech to monitor and evaluate the jaguar, puma and ocelot populations in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Sponsor the work of Ryan Phillips and the Belize Raptor Research Institute (BRRI). BRRI has a new Solitary Eagle Project and often works hand in hand with the Peregrine Fund. Close cooperation with local NGO Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD) helps preserve the Chiquibul National Park, the breeding site of Belize’s endangered Scarlet Macaws and the Maya Mountain Massif.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Lodge

You will be met on arrival into Belize International Airport and transferred overland to the Eco Lodge. The drive takes approximately two hours twenty minutes. Upon arrival, you will check-in your luxurious two bedroom villa and have a chance to relax before dinner.

Day 2Caracol Maya Site and Night Walk

After breakfast, we’ll leave on our tour to the Mayan site of Caracol, located deep in the Chiquibul Forest. First, we will visit the impressive Rio Frio Cave system before continuing on to Caracol, the largest and most important Maya site in Belize. The site of Caracol is one of the highest in the Maya lowlands, situated at 1600 feet above sea level in a karst limestone landscape of hilly rainforest. At the heart of the site lies the impressive Caana pyramid that reaches 135 feet in height and houses a series of courtyards, residential areas, temples and burial chambers that the kids will love exploring. From the top of the Caana, there are unbroken views over the rainforest of the Chiquibul National Park. The epicenter of the site is home to howler and spider monkeys and the birding is excellent. On our return to the lodge we’ll stop in at the Rio On Pools where a series of spectacular waterfalls tumble over granite boulders. The kids will enjoy a refreshing dip in the pools before we return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Your evening will be at your leisure or you can take an optional night walk with one of our expert naturalist guides. See lightning bugs, moths, frogs, bats and if you’re lucky the rare stygian owl who often roosts on property.

Day 3Barton Creek Cave & Zip Lining

We’ll leave the lodge at 8am and drive through the traditional Mennonite community of Upper Barton Creek to the nearby Barton Creek Cave system. Once at the cave entrance we’ll take an exciting canoe trip travelling almost two miles into this fascinating cave system that was once a sacred site for the Maya. Signs of their presence are everywhere from pottery shards to bones from ancient burials. Your guide will illuminate impressive stalactites and stalagmites and explain how the cave was formed and how the ancient Maya used it. We’ll enjoy a packed lunch at the cave entrance before driving back toward the Lodge. Calico Jack’s Zip Line is a short drive away and you can choose (and pay for locally) from a range of zip line options that suit your family needs. It’s a 30-minute drive back from Calico Jack’s to the lodge. The evening is free to relax with the family.

Day 4Cave Tubing & Placencia

After an early breakfast we will drive for 90 minutes to Caves Branch for an amazing cave tubing float through a series of massive ‘tube-like’ caverns. The float starts with a gentle jungle walk along well maintained trails. You’ll float sitting in a ‘tube’ for about 1 hour before reaching back to our entry point for the short walk back to the vehicle. Your guide will be with you throughout the gentle float and you’ll be amazed at the stunning beauty of Xibalba, the Maya underworld. On arrival back at the vehicle there is time to change at the on-site toilet and changing block before we enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll continue our drive down to Placencia and the next eco-lodge, Turtle Inn. After a brief orientation by your new hosts you’ll be shown to your spacious two bedroom thatch-roof Villa. The rest of the day is free to relax at the infinity pools. For the adults, the Sunset Spa offers wonderful Thai massage therapies and a range of body wraps and facials. The kids will enjoy the pool, as well as optional activities such as sit on top kayaks, paddle boarding or fishing in the lagoon.

Day 5Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef

After breakfast we will head to the dive shop to select snorkel gear for the family. We’ll soon be around the tip of the Placencia Peninsula heading due east towards the Silk Cayes and the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we quickly move over the water pods of dolphins may circle the boat or ride its pressure wave. Soon we’re passing patch reefs and the many coral and mangrove cayes fill the distant horizon. Once we reach the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, the ranger will give a quick orientation of the role local NGO SEA Belize plays in protecting and conserving this delicate environment. Your guide will take you through a snorkel orientation and ensure that everyone is comfortable and ready to safely explore Belize’s magical marine world. After a fun filled day of snorkelling we’ll return to the resort in the late afternoon. Please note that scuba diving is available to trip participants on snorkel days for a small surcharge.

Day 6Relaxing at Lodge, Placencia

Today is a free day to relax or take optional tours. Walk, cycle or take our shuttle bus into Placencia village, paddle a kayak, search the lagoon for shy manatee, take a boat tour to Monkey River or explore the world’s only jaguar preserve. Alternatively head south into Toledo District and visit the Maya site of Nim Li Punit followed by a Maya cultural experience at Indian Creek. Explore, read a book or simply chill out by the pool with a cocktail.

Day 7Belize Barrier Reef

After breakfast you’ll enjoy another fantastic day out on the Belize Barrier Reef exploring this stunning marine world, the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. Today we’ll explore different snorkel or dive sites, somewhere between the South Water Caye Marine Preserve in the north and the Sapodilla Cayes in the south. Spotted eagle rays, Southern Sting Rays, Nurse sharks, Logger Head Turtles, Atlantic bottlenose and spotted dolphins are all commonly observed. The family will learn about corals and reef ecosystems and enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch on the beach. We’ll head back to Turtle Inn in the early afternoon after another wonderful marine encounter.

Day 8 Departure

Today it is time to say farewell to Belize. After breakfast it is time to take the short flight north to Belize International Airport for onward connections.

Tour Details

The package includes meals for the children 12 years and under to be selected from the children’s menu. For children between 13 and 18 years of age there is a supplemental charge of $294.50 + $70 tax/service per child, which includes meals from adult menus.

Price Includes

  • All Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Airstrip Transfers
  • Noted Activities

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Domestic Airfare (Nairobi to Camp)
  • Daily Conservation Fee ($101 Per Adult, $51 Per Child)
  • Optional Excursions to National Parks, Fly Camping, Etc.
  • Champagne
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses

Optional Activities

  • Full Day Jungle Hike
  • Orchid Heaven Trek
  • Sunrise Horseback Riding
  • Moonlight Jaguar Quest
  • Guided Mountain Biking
  • Sunrise Bird Watching
  • Cave Explorations