Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you'll be met by an Island Expeditions representative and transferred to Cahal Pech Village Resort - a picturesque lodge carved out of the land with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of the Cayo District in Western Belize. This is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits. This is the day to get in tune with the rhythms of Belize and acclimatize to your new tropical environment.
Accomodation: Cahal Pech Village Resort
Meals included: Dinner
Today is a full day of adventure and exploration. You'll begin by venturing into the jungle to explore the underground archaeological site of the Che Chem Ha cave system. You’ll hike half an hour through the rainforest, and up into a multi-chambered series of caves rich with geological formations, ancient ceremonial altars, and Mayan artifacts and relics. After an hour and half in the cave, hike further downhill to lunch served by your hosts in a spectacular setting overlooking the Macal River Valley.
Your next adventure is the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. After a short drive, you'll cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry. Situated on the banks of the river, you'll travel back through centuries to the world of ancient kings, temples, plazas and the renowned ball courts of this ancient city. In the evening you can stroll into San Ignacio, meet the local people, and enjoy dinner on your own in the town.
Accomodation: Cahal Pech Village Resort
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
You’ll depart early in the morning and drive the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here you'll board a charter boat to the remote Basecamp on Southwest Caye, located in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Your guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer.
Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.
The itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, your guides will host informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows them to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!
Accomodation: Glover's Reef Basecamp
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning to enjoy coffee on the dock for the last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Your boat charter usually departs around midmorning to take you back to the mainland, arriving approximately at noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, and the helpful tour staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.
Meals included: Breakfast and packed lunch
For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 7, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00 pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize, a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport - please contact the Island Expeditions office for details. For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize, a flight and hotel package is available.