Arrive at Belize International Airport, then grab a taxi to the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel for a 4:30 p.m. meeting in the lobby (the taxi ride is about 10 minutes). We leave for Windy Hill Resort no later than 5:00 p.m. Please note: it is important that your flight arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. in order to guarantee that you will not miss your ride to western Belize. If you must land later than 4:30 you will have to catch up with the group (request Belize Adventure Week information sheet for If Late or Delayed). You may also meet us at Windy Hill by 6:30 p.m. if you are already in the country. Orientation, dinner, and overnight at Windy Hill Resort, our base for the next three nights.
After breakfast we drive on back roads to Che Chem Ha Mayan Cave, one of the most impressive archaeological treasures in the region. This cavern was discovered a few years ago by a farmer who is our guide in the cave.
We hike one mile to the entrance; entering we soon see hundreds of ceramic offerings left by shamans. Descending further, we reach a final ceremonial chamber. After lunch we learn to kayak! We run 5 miles of the Mopan River, which is a tributary of the Belize River, the largest watershed in the country. The Mopan has beginner level whitewater; we begin with a training session on river safety and basic kayak technique, then launch where numerous, easy rapids are encountered. The Mopan goes through several villages and we wave to many locals along the way.
Related blog post: Che Chem Ha cave
Another early breakfast sees us off to the amazing ruins of Tikal in nearby Guatemala, the region’s most extensive archeological site. There a local guide leads us through the ruins, giving interpretive talks as we explore the many temples and buildings that cover several square miles. Tikal is also an excellent place to see wildlife, such as monkeys, exotic birdlife, and small mammals. We visit the park museum where an array of artifacts and carvings found at Tikal are displayed, and some excellent gift shops can be found on location as well. Tikal will leave a lasting impression. We return to Windy Hill Resort for a final night.
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This morning we pack up and head out to the Caves Branch River. After a short river orientation we launch on our underground journey in rafts and kayaks, navigating four caverns by headlamp. This unique trip combines caving and river running for an unusual, captivating ride.
We must negotiate a quarter-mile portage on a jungle trail. This fabulous odyssey is arguably the best one-day adventure in the country, a must-do for any visit to Belize! Upon finishing this trip, we drive back to Belize City to our accommodations at the Belize Biltmore hotel, where we are joined by others on the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Second Half package. Before dinner, your guide covers information on the island and the boat ride coming up the next day.
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Time to hit the Caribbean! After breakfast we head out to our island, Long Caye, on our private shuttle boat (3 hrs). Arriving before noon, we tour the island facilities, have lunch, and move into our cabanas. Soon after that we assemble for our first snorkel excursion, swimming to the reefs right from shore. Visit our snorkeling page for more underwater images and a list of creatures we often see. You can also find a map of our Belize snorkeling sites on the same page.
Time permitting, some guests may want to try out kayak surfing if the waves are up. You retire to your cabana on the shore where the sounds of the sea lull you to sleep.
We start our day with sea kayak orientation. Guides cover paddling, snorkeling from a kayak, and other techniques. After lunch, paddle to a nearby reef to snorkel from the kayaks. Scuba diving is also available whether you are a certified diver or want to try scuba for the first time.
We begin our last full day with windsurfing instruction. Guests may also choose between activities such as kayak rolling lessons, , scuba diving classes, paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, or snorkeling around the island. Fishermen are always pleasantly surprised to find out that we even pay for your fishing license, so there's no waiting around for the ranger before you can begin to fish!
Island activities in the morning. After lunch we return to Belize City. Our arrival time cannot be predicted since it depends on factors we cannot control. Therefore, guests should not make other plans for Saturday night, and our last night’s lodging is included in the trip price. You will not get back in time to catch an international flight. After checking into the Biltmore, guests are on their own for dinner.
Earliest day to fly home.
Although this is an accurate description of the Belize Adventure Week itinerary, it is subject to change. Belize weather, river levels, wind speed, and road conditions can cause delays and substitution of activities. We sell a Belize map that will help you to better visualize all of the terrain we cover in one week.
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