Belize Adventure Week Itinerary
This is our shortest tour, a quick 4 day vacation to Belize. Our Belize Adventure Week First Half package is the first half of our full week Belize Adventure Week trip. This itinerary always begins on a Saturday. You stay at two different lodges during this exciting adventure. We meet late in the day on Day 1; guests are responsible for catching our Slickrock Van departing from the Belize Biltmore Hotel. We do recommend for everyone fly in a full day early (so as to insure inadvertent delays don’t cause you to miss the first morning of your trip.)
Although this is an accurate description of the Belize Adventure Week First Half itinerary, it can be subject to change (rarely, but it does happen). Belize weather, river levels, wind speed, and road conditions can cause delays and substitution of activities. The exact day-by-day activity schedule may vary a little from week to week. However, we would substitute equivalent activities if it was deemed unsafe for one of the listed adventures. We sell a Belize map that will help you to better visualize all of the terrain we cover in one week.
This 4 day all-inclusive Belize vacation is the best way to spend 4 days in Belize. Call us up and we’ll tell you more about it!
[photo credit at top of page: Lucy Wallingford]
ARRIVE BELIZE – MEET AT BILTMORE HOTEL AND DRIVE TO WESTERN BELIZE
Fly into Belize International Airport and meet with the rest of the group at the Belize Biltmore Hotel. Here you will meet the rest of your group and your Adventure Week guide. At 5:00 p.m., we load into the Slickrock van and drive 2 hours to Cassia Hill Resort where all inland activities will be launched from. Upon arrival to Cassia Hill, we have dinner and orientation on the week ahead.
If guests miss the Slickrock van, they will be responsible for catching themselves up to the trip. We cover all hotels, meals, and transport once meeting you.
If you are already in Belize, you may meet us at Cassia Hill Resort at 7:00pm for dinner and orientation.
HIKING – CAVE EXPLORATION – SEE MAYAN ARTIFACTS
After an early breakfast we drive to Actun Tunichil Muknal, the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre. The cavern was considered to be an entrance to Shivalva, the Mayan home of subterranean gods. This is one of the most impressive archaeological treasures in the region.
first we hike about two miles from the edge of the rain forest to the cave entrance. We enter by swimming a few feet across the creek which issues from the cave’s mouth. Inside we find vaulted halls brimming with tall columns of crystallized flowstone. We view ceramic offerings left by Shamans, mixed with the bones and skulls of sacrificial victims. We also see a fully-articulated skeleton of a woman bonded to the cave floor.
Few other Mayan sites can compare to the treasures found in this cave. Featured in the July/August 2001 issue of National Geographic Adventure, this is the premier caving tour in the country of Belize.
Related Blog Post: Actun Tunichil Muknal
WHITEWATER KAYAKING – XUNANTUNICH MAYAN RUIN
After breakfast we embark on a kayak run down the Mopan River. We use sit-on-top kayaks for this adventure, which are stable and easy to paddle. A land-training session is followed with further instruction on the river. You will learn to surf waves, dodge rocks, and run small drop-offs. We enjoy lunch at a riverside cafe.
After lunch we take a short drive to Xunantunich Ruins, where we climb The Castillo pyramid. Your guide (a Mayan himself) interprets the ruins and Mayan culture while exploring the site. We return to Cassia Hill for the night.
UNDERGROUND KAYAKING – DRIVE TO BELIZE CITY
After breakfast we move out of Cassia Hill and drive to the Caves Branch River. After a short orientation we launch on our underground journey in the same kayaks we used the day before, but this time navigating by headlamp. This unique trip combines caving and river running. Everyone must negotiate a quarter-mile portage on a jungle trail during this five-mile run. This is arguably the best one-day adventure in the country!
In the late afternoon we drive to the Belize Biltmore Plaza hotel in Belize City. After checking in, First Half guests are on their own for dinner and breakfast the next day, although your hotel is covered this night.