Belize Adventure Week Itinerary
You will stay at three different places during this exciting adventure, including 3 nights at our Long Caye Resort. Our Belize Adventure Week travel package always begins on Saturday. 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 you fly in a full day early (so as to insure inadvertent delays don’t cause you to miss the first morning of your trip.) For more explanation on this option see Our Hints for a Better Vacation.
Although this is an accurate description of the Belize Adventure Week package, it can be subject to change. 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. We have a free printable map of Belize that will help you to better visualize all of the terrain we cover in one week.
[photo credit at top of page: Tim Finley]
ARRIVE BELIZE – MEET WITH GROUP 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 – MAYAN ARTIFACTS
After an early breakfast we drive to Actun Tunichil Muknal, the Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher. 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 as we travel downstream. The beginner-level rapids are quite exciting! You will learn to surf waves, dodge rocks, and plunge off small drops. We enjoy lunch at a riverside cafe.
In the afternoon we climb The Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich Ruins, where our local guide interprets the ruins and Mayan culture. We return to Cassia Hill for the night.
CAVE KAYAKING – DRIVE TO BELIZE CITY
We pack up early and drive to the Caves Branch River Belize. After a short orientation we launch on our underground journey in hardshell kayaks, navigating by headlamp. This unique trip combines caving with 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 where we are joined by others on the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef Second Half package.
After checking into the Biltmore, we meet to go over instructions for the island, followed by dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Related Blog Post: Cave kayaking in Belize
BOAT RIDE TO ISLAND – MOVE INTO CABANAS – SNORKEL ORIENTATION
After breakfast at the hotel we walk two blocks to our dock (luggage is driven). The boat leaves around 8 or 9 a.m., arriving at the island just before lunch. It takes 3 – 3.5 hours to get to Long Caye (65 miles), crossing the Belize Barrier Reef just south of Tobacco Caye. For more about our Glovers transport, please see this page.
Once on the island we begin with an complete tour of our facility. Lunch is waiting for us, and afterwards you settle into your very own Belize cabana on the water. By 1:30 or 2:00 we are meeting for our first sport orientation: snorkeling! Everyone participates in this session, as well as the sea kayak orientation the next morning. These sessions are only offered once.
We start with a review of your gear and snorkel safety specific to our area (guests are responsible for providing their own snorkel gear, for our recommendations see our Belize packing list. We then break into smaller groups, each with their own guide, and swim to our closest snorkel spot for your first snorkel at Glover’s Reef.
From now on everyone can snorkel as much as they like, as long as you run your snorkel plan by us and have a buddy to join you. Group snorkel excursions are scheduled throughout the week, usually daily. Visit our Belize snorkeling page for more underwater images and a list of creatures we often see. We also have a map of sites for Belize snorkeling from shore which will show you how many snorkeling options we have close to the island.
SEA KAYAK ORIENTATION – FIRST KAYAK/SNORKEL EXPEDITION – WINDSURF ORIENTATION – CERTIFIED DIVES – KAYAK FISHING
This morning we conduct the sea kayak orientation, which starts off on the beach, followed by a practice session in the water. We cover paddle strokes, entering and exiting the kayak (so you can snorkel out of the kayaks), and rescue techniques so that you are safe to paddle with or without a guide, as long as you have a buddy.
The sea kayak orientation session is the last mandatory activity. From now on you can pick and choose, and if you don’t want to do a sport, you simply choose something else when that orientation session is offered.
After lunch, one guide takes a group paddling to a nearby patch reef to practice what we just learned, while another guide offers windsurfing instruction.
Certified divers may also begin diving this afternoon, and fishermen can fish anytime. In fact, we pay for your Belize fishing license so you can begin fishing right away.
Related Blog Post: Sea kayaking is best in Belize
FINAL DAY ON ISLAND – DO EVERYTHING OR JUST CHILL
Our final full day is always the best. Get in more diving, snorkeling, or kayaking. Our Belizean cooks prepare fantastic feasts for us, which we enjoy in between this wide array of activities. Visit our Belize cuisine page.
Other options not yet mentioned include windsurfing, kayak rolling, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, kayak surfing, a downwind paddleboard trip to Southwest Caye 6 miles away, night snorkeling, full-moon paddling, and learning kiteboarding basics using our trainer kite. And did you know we have the only Belize surfing center in the country?
SWIM TO SNORKEL – BOAT RIDE TO BELIZE CITY – CHECK INTO BELIZE CITY HOTEL
After an early morning paddleboard session before breakfast, we snorkel to “Lobster Rocks”, a nearby, shallow patch reef. Fishermen can fish right up until the boat comes. 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.