BELIZE

Tour duration: 9 days
Tour Rate: $5,900
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include eco-lodges, water taxis/ferries, 3 tanks dive: Barrier Reef, meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, safari drives (incl. Puma & Jaguar tracking), park entry fees, road transportation (incl. airport transfers. city tour), and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Belize Nature Tour underscores the country’s wildlife species, its ancient sites, ruins, reefs, forests, and caves.

Besides its fascinating history and culture, Belize is noted for its natural landscapes and wild animals, so much so that encounters with nature is the norm here. Belize Nature Tour will take you hiking through rainforests, diving reefs, and exploring caves.

About half of Belize is made up of dense jungles, with 80% of its rainforest being designated as protected areas and are virtually unexplored. As you can imagine, these forested areas provide habitat for a wide array of jungle animals, including the jaguar, the puma, the ocelot, the armadillo, the tapir, and the crocodile. Venturing off-the-beaten-path and exploring the diversity of the land entails the Belize Nature Tour experience.

Hiking trails, suitable for all genres of physical capabilities can be explored on Belize Nature Tour. Apart from long hikes, you can walk short paths or go biking in the mountains or embark on a safari drive. National parks and nature trails, also, contain archaeological sites and Mayan ruins.

Belize network of caves and grottoes provide a wealth of information about the ancient Mayan culture, as well as the animal species that once occupied these spaces, some of which are now extinct. On Belize Nature Tour, you can indulge canoeing a subterranean river or cave tubing, swimming, climbing, and exploring. Cave Branch provides everything from river caving to overnight caving, and even the opportunity to see Mayan burial sites inside some caves.

Belize’s rivers crisscross the tapestry of lush tropical landscape and goes out to meet the sea.

Diving in the Barrier Reef of Belize presents an underwater nirvana to divers. The reef is rich with copious marine life, which exceeds that of many other Caribbean dive destinations. An important biosphere comprising the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, numerous hundreds of sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, and estuaries, Belize’s ocean and coasts are important habitat for some threatened species, including the marine turtle, the manatee, and the American marine crocodile.

Belize Nature Tour is designed to bring travelers up and close with the natural and wild elements of this tropical destination.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll arrive in Belize City at Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), greeted by your local naturalist guide, and transported to your eco-lodge in San Ignacio.
SAN IGNACIO/CAYO DISTRICT

The region is not what most people imagined when they think of Belize. Instead of Caribbean Sea, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, cayes, and coastal lands, Cayo District reveals rainforests, jungles, Maya mountains, rivers, and ruins.

  • At your lodge/resort, you'll be positioned in the midst of copious acres of rainforest. You can wander the natural locale outside your suite/villa.
  • The resort has trail networks with many different paths leading into nature.
  • You'll explore the Mountain Pine Ridge, ancient sites, and nature preserves.
  • In the wild, while hiking or on safari drives, you can see wildlife such as the elusive jaguar, the howler monkey, the ocelot, the puma, and the tapir.
  • You can go birding in the jungle and see some off the 400+ types that lives in the region, including the toucan, parrots, and woodpeckers.
XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

  • You'll take a hand-cranked ferry and traverses the Mopan River to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Once here, you will see and learn about these prehistoric structures, including the most notable pyramid "El Castillo" (The Castle).
CAVES BRANCH

You’ll arrive at your eco-lodge at Caves Branch. Your package allows you to choose from 3 of 8 caving excursions:

River Cave Exhibition: "After a healthy buffet style breakfast at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, you will embark on a 15 minute drive on our jungle buses to the caves branch river where you will tube along for 100 feet to the entrance of the cave system.
Your underground expedition takes you off the beaten path to explore ancient Mayan ceremonial centers, pottery, artifacts, altars, obsidian bloodletting blades, jade and the actual footprints of the Shaman and priests that date back to 400 A.D."

Lost Cave Tour: "This adventure starts off with a challenging 40 minute hike through the jungle. You will walk the actual steps that Mayan Shaman walked as they entered Xibalba. Feel the presence of the ancient Gods as we explore spectacular and awe filled crystal chambers that hold 2,000 year old Maya ceremonial centers. Fire pits, charcoal and ash, pottery, bowls, relics, alters, wall carvings, glyph writings and actual skeletons of sacrificial victims are found in various ceremonial caves."

Actun Tunichil Muknal: "This cave is one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. The cave contains four skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware left by the Maya. The most famous skeleton inside the cave is that of a young girl, the bones of which have been completely covered by the natural processes of the cave, leaving them with a sparkling appearance. The cave itself is several kilometers long with several chambers."

MESOAMERICAN BARRIER REEF/AMBERGRIS CAYE

The largest living coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize Barrier Reef is a crucial ecosystem in the ocean. Teaming with ocean and marine life, the Mesoamerican reef attracts ocean biologists and sports divers from all over the world. The locale is also a renowned hub for beginners interested in learning to dive and gain PADI certification.

A World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system includes reefs that boast 100+ species of corals, atolls, and an array of white sandy beaches.

  • By sea, you'll arrive on Ambergris Caye at your eco-lodge.
  • With your guide, you'll dive the Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef).

Day 8 you will return to Belize City for your departure on Day 9.

BELIZE CITY
  • After breakfast at your resort, you'll depart Belize City for your destination.
  • You'll be escorted to the airport, and depending on your flight time perhaps you would like to take a short scenic tour of Belize City with your driver.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges
  • Naturalist guide
  • 3 tanks dive: Barrier Reef
  • Water taxis/ferries
  • Road transportation (incl. airport transfers/city tour)
  • Safari tours (incl. Jaguar tracking)
  • Parks' entry fees
  • Diving fees
  • All meals and house beverages at the lodges/accommodations
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
  • Hotel and service taxes/fees at an additional 15%
  • Diving lessons
In Belize, late November through to mid-April is dry season; this is also Peak Season when tourists flock here. Temperature can reach triple digits during April through to May. June through to mid-November winds tend to be more forceful and September through to October more rain are experienced. Many tourists’ facilities are closed during non-peak season.

  • Late November through to mid-April is when visitors are greater in numbers, outdoor attractions and tourism facilities are in full operation. Temperature is around 80 degrees.
  • December through to February, winds blew in from the north, and is referred to "northers". It can be felt around the coastal areas and the cays.
  • March through to early April the pleasant temperature and clear ocean waters provide for diving expeditions. [Diving can be done all-year-round. April through to June is noted as the highest season for scuba diving]
  • June through to mid-November are watch time for hurricanes in the region, with the he wettest months being August, September, and October and boasts an average daytime temperatures of 70's to the 80's.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, naturalist guide, diving experts, park entry fees, water taxis/ferries, road transportation, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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