Belize Rainforest

Valerie Fife
Happy to be touring the Xunantunich ruins!
Monika Sundem
Leaving the cathedral of the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
Jenny Johnston
Cabanas at Pook's Hill Lodge
Julia Kocubinski
Canoeing on the Rio Macal
Jennifer Barile
Making friends with a macaw at the Belize Zoo
Extend your trip for a few days by journeying into the Belizean rainforest. Visit the Belize Zoo enroute to your jungle retreat. Go deep into the Maya underworld with an unforgettable adventure into Actun Muknal Tunichil cave. Discover cathedral shaped caves, explore winding trails in the Maya Mountains, and paddle down the Macal River - an exhilarating way to end your tour!

Day 1

Belize Zoo, Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve

Arrive at the Belize City airport and transfer to your jungle retreat. Along the way stop at the Belize Zoo, where in typical Belizean fashion animals roam 29 acres in large natural enclosures. Your jungle lodge is tucked next to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and Roaring River. Surrounded by pristine forest, your days at the lodge are filled with natural discoveries exploring the lush vegetation of the Maya Mountains and the mysteries beneath.

Day 2

Rio Macal and Xunantunich

After a leisurely morning, set out down the Macal River for your first introduction to Belizean wildlife. Your guide will help you spot iguanas, peccaries, coati mundis and a myriad of bird life. After lunch in town, you will visit the Maya ruins of Xunantunich, once a major ceremonial site and the second tallest ruin in Belize. From atop, enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Cayo District of Guatemala.

Day 3

Actun Muknal Tunichil Cave

We wake early for our unforgettable adventure into the Maya underworld. We begin our journey from our lodge doors, crossing creeks and journeying deep into the Belizean jungle to the opening of the sacred Actun Tunichil Muknal - the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher. At the entrance we gear up with helmets and waterproof headlamps, then wade into the emerald colored water flowing from the cave's gaping mouth. Our journey follows the river's flow through wet and dry caves encased in hanging stalactites and towering stalagmites. Our final destination is the spectacular primary chamber where ancient kings and priests made blood sacrifices to appease the Maya gods. Our lights illuminate the ghostly outlines of skeletal ritual victims and scattered ceramic shards of ancient rituals. Tunichil is an active archeological site, so we're careful not to disturb the sleeping skeletons and ceramic pieces before returning to the light above ground. Those preferring life above ground can choose from a variety of alternative excursions.

Day 4

  • Breakfast

Return to Belize City

After breakfast transfer back to Belize City to catch your flight home or continue on with other travels.

$825
Tour Cost
$825
Total Cost

Notes

$175 single supplement

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 3 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Airport Departure Tax