If you’re thinking of booking a trip to our island but also wondering what else there is to do before or after your time with us, here’s a very watchable video on YouTube posted by Brit DJ Dave Raven who visited the country back in 2009. He edited his five-day tour down to 20 minutes. It covers Caye Caulker, San Ignacio and Bullet Tree Falls, Mayan Temples, Belize City, Punta Gorda and Hopkins. Enjoy.
Lamanai Mayan ruin is Belize’s longest continuously inhabited site; pollen evidence places first habitation around 1500 BC. Located on the shore of the New River lagoon, Lamanai is upstream from Cerros ruin, and the two cities traded extensively. Submerged Crocodile is the ancient Mayan name of the site; the name was recorded by two Spanish priests. The city occupies 950 acres and 700+ structures have been mapped, but only 70 have been excavated. Many tombs have been discovered during excavation, and the “Temple of the Jaguar” has two jaguar masks flanking the stairway. This ruin is most easily accessed by a boat ride up the New River, through a bird reserve. The birding is a fantastic addition to a wonderful day spent at this site.
This tour is a no-brainer if you are flying in one day early for our island package. They pick up at all Belize City hotels . A 1.5 hour bus ride takes you to the river where you are transferred into fast river cruisers that boat upstream about an hour to the ruins, stopping often to view the exotic wildlife along the river banks. On one trip our fantastic guide pointed out about 15 different tropical birds including: green-backed herons, olivaceous cormorants, jabiru stork, northern jacana, and purple gallinules. Crocodiles and blooming water lilies are also profuse. Arriving at the ruins, lunch is served and the tour that follows includes excellent interpretation.
The tour is about $120/person and can be booked at the Biltmore desk upon arrival, contact them directly for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. What to bring: binoculars (a must!), money for the gift shop, rain and warm gear (the boat ride is cold, and if it rains you’ll get wet too), bug spray, your iPod for the boat ride (the engine is noisy). This is a fantastic tour, don’t miss it.
For more information on other things to do in Belize, visit our webpage.
We launched the inaugural version of Belize Adventure Week in 1996. We were the first outfitter in Belize to offer an adventure trip that combined jungle and sea sports. It was wildly successful and soon every other lodge in Belize chose to flatter us (as the saying goes); within a few years there were copycat versions of our itinerary offered all over the country.
This adventure vacation has evolved over the years… as we learn more or certain places get too crowded we tweak it a bit to improve it. The current version of this fabulous multi-sport trip includes whitewater kayaking on the Macal River in the Maya Mountains, underground rafting and kayaking on the Caves Branch river, caving into Che Chem Ha Mayan pottery cave, and an exploration of Tikal Mayan ruins in nearby Guatemala, the premier ruin in the region. After these first three action-packed days inland, we venture out to our private island for sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, paddleboarding, and board surfing on our private wave. That’s 15 sports in one week! Despite all of the imitations, no on can match that we are proud to say. This is the most active vacation offered in Belize.
This season we are improving it once again with a new jungle lodge for our inland base. We will now be accessing the rainforest areas of Belize from Crystal Paradise Resort, located just outside of a small village in Western Belize called Cristo Rey. Located on the Macal River, and hand-built by the Tut family of Belize, we are thrilled to boast that this is one of the few lodges in the Cayo region actually owned and operated by a Belizean family. Please visit their website to learn more about their remote Belize jungle lodge. They specialize in Belize birding tours with their own tour company, so this will be a new emphasis for us. We might have to start claiming it’s now 16 sports in one week and add birding to the list!