The Belize Blast

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The Belize Blast
Duration:
9
Days
Priced from:
2799.00
USD

The Belize Blast

Trip Overview

Belize Adventure travel trek tour with Bikehike Adventures as feature in the Huffington Post(Hiking, Kayaking, Rappelling, Caving, Innertubing, Horseback Riding)  This week-long Belize adventure vacation highlights the best this tiny country offers. This multi-sport adventure tour includes climbing the steps of the Xunantunich ruins, riding horses through tangled jungles, floating peacefully on innertubes through Mayan caves, rappeling safely into the depths of the jungle, and paddling kayaks on a calm and pristine river. The final days of your adventure vacation are spent on the relaxing beaches of Placencia where you'll have the option to snorkel in translucent seas with opportunities to see manatees, nurse sharks, and stingrays, amongst other tropical marine life.

WOW FACTORS

  • Rappel down the Black Hole Drop, a 300 ft / 91 m decent into a sinkhole and go caving in the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
  • Admire the view at the top of El Castillo, the largest pyramid at the Maya ruins of Xunantunich
  • Relax on the beach in Placencia with the option to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef

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Day 1

Belize City
Arrival
Upon arrival into The Belize International Airport you will will will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to a cozy Jungle Resort located in Cayo, alongside the Belize River. If you arrive early enough, there is an option to stop at the Belize Zoo en route. Once at our jungle lodge you'll check in and have the remainder of the afternoon to get acquainted with the grounds and your group. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

 

Day 2

San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins
Horseback Riding & Ruins
Today we have a double dose of adventure! We begin on horses cantering through fertile agricultural regions and small quaint villages. We’ll break for lunch midday and before heading to San Ignacio to view the Xunantunich ruins, a major ancient Maya site of Belize. We’ll climb the steps of El Castillo, the largest pyramid, and have a panoramic view of the Cayo District. In the afternoon we return to our jungle lodge for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Maya Mountains
River Kayaking 
Today we have an adventurous day of cave kayaking, paddling into a landscape of karst limestone terrain, hundreds of miles of carved and sculpted cave systems that are concealed from much of the world. We’ll start with a 30 minute drive, venturing deep into the Five Blues Lake Nature Reserve, before reaching our put-in. Even the drive towards the kayaking trip is a scenic adventure in itself, crossing rivers and overgrown fields. Once there, our guide will lead us through a safety briefing and then gear us up with kayaks, paddles, life jackets and headlights. With the help of experienced jungle guides, we will spend the day kayaking downstream on this beautiful jungle river to explore three majestic cave systems. On this three-cave kayaking trip, we will experience an unspoiled part of nature that is not seen by many tourists.
The first 30 minutes we’ll meander through the dense jungle terrain, our guide leading, and clearing a path with a machete through this giant tropical garden so that we can slip through the thick foliage in our sleek kayaks.  Soon a mountain wall will appear and the river plunges underground becoming one with the mountains. We’re now paddling along a river of caves with hanging stalactites looming above us. At times, we’ll see glittering formations reflecting light back at us through thousands of miniature calcite crystals. We’ll have a full day of fun and then we’ll transfer back to our accommodation for the night. This three-cave kayaking day trip is a physically strenuous tour, not suitable for young children, or for those with injuries or physical issues. You will need to climb in and out of the kayak on several spots. A wonderful picnic lunch will be served on the river bank, an overturned kayak as our table. After returning to our accommodation, we’ll have a home cooked dinner with time to relax around the poolside under the stars in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

Black Hole Drop
Hiking & Rappelling
Prepare for an incredible adrenaline rush today. This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains to the edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sinkhole. We call this the Black Hole drop, a sinkhole 300 feet deep and 200 feet above the rainforest canopy. Our fully trained caving guides rig a system of rappelling ropes for our decent deep into the basin. The sinkhole is not actually black, but the bottom isn’t visible from the start of the rappel. Once we reach terra firma we head back to our base for a well-deserved cold beer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
Caving
After breakfast we transfer to an archaeological site near San Ignacio. We trek for 45 minutes through dense Jungle in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve before entering the ATM caves. Prepared with the necessary equipment, we hike, crawl, and swim 1 km (0.62 mi) into the cave witnessing ceramics, stoneware, and untouched human skeletons remaining from Maya rituals centuries ago. We have lunch in the jungle before another short hike out of the jungle. Overnight at the same jungle lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Cayo District - Placencia
Innertubing & Caving
After a hearty breakfast in a pristine tropical setting we’ll prep for our second caving adventure. Today we’ll venture deep underground into the mystic cave world, the most sacred area of the ancient Maya. The adventure begins with a drive through orange plantations until we reach
the entrance to a Maya Ceremonial Cave. Here with some stamina, we’ll paddle innertubes upstream, past massive stalagmites through one of the most extensive underground river cave systems in the country. The only source of light is beaming headlamps guiding you through the darkness of the cave. Inside we’ll visit the ancient Maya ceremonial centers, left untouched for over 2,000 years. The day ends with a transfer to Belize City to catch a short ight to the tropical island of Placencia. Overnight in a comfortable hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7

Placencia
Free Day
Today is the first of two days free to spend as you wish. There are many tours you can book locally such as manatee watching, snorkelling the Belize Barrier Reef, diving, monkey river tour, etc. You can also spend the day relaxing at the beach with a good book. Overnight at same hotel in Placencia.

Meals: none
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8

Placencia
Free Day
This is another day free to spend as you wish. There are many tours you can book locally such as manatee watching, snorkelling the Belize Barrier Reef, diving, monkey river tour, etc. You can also spend the day relaxing at the beach with a good book. Overnight at same hotel in Placencia.

Meals: none
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9

Placencia - Belize City
Departure
Today you’ll be transferred to the airstrip in Placencia to catch a flight to The Belize International Airport to connect with your International flight home. 

What's Included

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all internal transportation including two domestic flights, airport transfers, equipment and English-speaking guides.

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International airfare, airport taxes, gratuities, meals not included and items of a personal nature.

MEALS:
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel: 8 Nights

Trip Facts

Weather in Belize

Belize is typically hot and humid day and night year-round. Temperatures vary by only about 4°C between the coolest part of the year (December to March) and the hottest (May to September). The daily temperature is around 10°C (50°F) from the hottest part of the day to the coolest part of the night. Belize has two distinct seasons: the wet and dry. The wet season runs from mid-May to November and the dry from December to beginning of May. November to February has the coolest temperatures and a limited amount of rain.

November to May: Dry season with comfortable temperatures. Humidity is high. Maximum temperatures on the coast range from 27 to 20°C (81 to 86°F). The inland temperature is slightly hotter with a maximum high of 38°C (100°F). Occasional light rains.

June to October: Hot and humid. Wet season, but rain occurs in quick downfalls. It rarely rains all day.

Travel Documents

Citizens of Canada and the U.S. require a valid passport to enter Belize. Please ensure that your passport is valid for six months beyond the date of arrival, or you may be refused entry. Always carry a photocopy of your passport in the unfortunate case of loss or theft; this precaution will speed up the reissue process. Visa requirements vary from country to country. Before departure make sure to check with your local Belize consulate for the most current up-to-date requirements. A visa is not required for Canadian or U.S. citizens.

Food and Water

Belizeans of all ethnicities eat a wide variety of foods. Breakfast consists of bread, flour tortillas, or pancakes paired with various cheeses, refried beans, and eggs. Midday meals and dinners vary from rice and beans, meat pies, soups, stews and fried tortillas. Local fruits are also common. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water, but check with your guide or host first before consuming. Bottled water is recommended when traveling in the country and is easily purchased at stores. If you are susceptible to changes in the water, you will find that fresh juices, soft drinks and beer are readily available.

FAQ

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

We understand that people come in many fitness levels, so we've graded our trips accordingly. There are four difficulty levels on our trips: Easy, Moderate, Challenging, and Strenuous. 

This is a “moderate” trip. These trips include 4-5 hours of physical activity throughout the day, with many breaks along the way. 

Has this trip been run before?

BikeHike Adventures has been operating since 1994. 

The logistics of organizing tours to remote corners of the world can be very complex. Our trip development department spends long hours researching destinations, routes, ground operations and equipment. All itineraries are screened without clients before they are added to our growing repertoire of adventures. Nothing is untested. 

What should I pack for this Belize trip?

It is best to bring sufficient clothing for the 9-day duration, as laundry stops along the way are not always simple (as well you might not feel like doing laundry during your vacation). Lightweight breathable fabrics are ideal, because they wick moisture away from your body and keep you comfortable and dry.

We have prepared a packing list that you can download by clicking the link to the right on this page. 

What is the local currency in Belize?

The local currency is the Belize dollar, which has a fixed rate of $1 US = $2 BZ.

Which airport do we fly in and out of for this trip?

Belize City. You can arrive anytime on day 1 of the trip and depart anytime after 11:00am on day 9.

Can I take this trip if...

I am a solo traveller? How does solo accommodation and costing work?

Belize is a trip that does not work for solo travellers. We do not accept solo bookings on this particular trip.

All of our other trips accept solo travellers (both men and women).

Learn more about solo travel with BikeHike

I have special dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but ask that you please discuss your request with us when signing up for a trip.

I am travelling with children? Is this trip children friendly?

This is a great trip for families of all ages and generations! This trip is generally suitable for families that include strong children (eight and older) and active teenagers. 

Accommodation

Most of our trips include comfortable mid-range accommodations. This includes accommodation that provides a clean and comfortable experience in characterful surroundings that reflect the destination. To build stronger connections with the communities and support the local economies, we avoid using large international chain brands on BikeHike trips. 

This trip includes the following types of accommodation:

HOTELS

In an effort to keep money in the communities we visit around the world, BikeHike prefers small hotels, bungalows, and haciendas that showcase the character and local flair of each destination.

Click HERE for more information about accommodation styles.

Adventure Dates

  • Nov 02 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Dec 14 - Dec 22, 2019
  • Jan 04 - Jan 12, 2020
  • Feb 08 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Mar 07 - Mar 15, 2020
  • May 02 - May 10, 2020
  • Jun 06 - Jun 14, 2020
  • Jul 04 - Jul 12, 2020
  • Aug 01 - Aug 09, 2020
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Price

(Land only, based on twin/shared room)
2799.00
USD
per person

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Day Destination Activity Lodging Meals
1
Belize City
Arrival
Hotel
d
2
San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins
Horseback Riding & Ruins
Hotel
b,
l,
d
3
Maya Mountains
River Kayaking
Hotel
b,
l,
d
4
Black Hole Drop
Hiking & Rappelling
Hotel
b,
l,
d
5
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
Caving
Hotel
b,
l,
d
6
Cayo District - Placencia
Innertubing & Caving & Flight to Placencia
Hotel
b,
l
7
Placencia
Free Day
Hotel
8
Placencia
Free Day
Hotel
9
Placencia - Belize City
Departure

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Peter H
February 8, 2018

BikeHike organized my trip to Belize. I was interested in kayaking and snorkeling – this turned out to be an amazing trip. The guides were superb; knowledgeable, responsible and most importantly, fun! We were based on some outer islands with wonderful snorkeling and kayaking every day. The food was good and the whole trip was very well organized. I would highly recommend Bike Hike for anyone considering an exciting trip to an off the beaten track location!

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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