Archaeology, beaches and discoveries in Belize

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If your agenda allows you, a two-week stay in Belize leaves ample time to explore the most exceptional Maya sites and the Caribbean islands surrounding the coral barrier.

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Belize City. Mayan ruins of San Ignacio. The Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech. View of Xunantunich from the heights of the main Temple. Maya archaeological site of Altun Ha. Meeting in Hopkins. San Pedro Beach. The big blue hole, off the coast of Belize. Paddle on the waters of Caye Caulker. The house of Culture, Belize City.

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  • Belize City
  • Caye Caulker
  • Crooked Tree
  • Lighthouse Reef
  • Belmopán
  • San Pedro
  • San Ignacio
  • Hopkins
  • Xunantunich
  • La Democracia
  • Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve
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Details of the stay: Archaeology, beaches and discoveries in Belize - 14 days

Day 1 : Arrival in Belize City

Arrival in Belize City. First night in the country's economic capital to give you time lag.

Day 2 : Zoo, fauna and flora, and walk along the river Macal

In the morning, departure for the city of San Ignacio. On the road, stop at Belize Zoo, for a first meeting with Belize fauna, and lunch break in Belmopan, country capital at Farm House Deli, fine and trendy grocery shop for a discovery of products from Belize territory. Arrive in San Ignacio in the afternoon, walk along the river Macal, and dine in one of the city's gourmet restaurants.

Day 3 : The Amazing Mayan Caves

Half-day dedicated to exploring Actun Tunichil Muknal's "ATM", a site of Mayan preclassical culture among the best preserved in the world. You must be accompanied by a guide for this visit (many tour organizers directly in San Ignacio). Picnic on site, then back to the Belize Botanic Garden, for its 2,000 species of tropical trees and plants and its 100 species of orchids.

Day 4 : In the heart of the Belize jungle

One day excursion to the archaeological site of Xunantunich, its 26 temples and 6 places, in the heart of the Belize jungle. Return to San Ignacio in mid afternoon, chocolate shop at Ajaw Chocolate following the traditional Maya method and finish with a tasting of your achievements!

Day 5 : Crooked Tree, Bird Reserve

Departure for the authentic village of Crooked Tree located in the heart of a very popular nature reserve of bird lovers. Breakfast on the river, and canoeing excursions in the afternoon to discover the area. Dinner in the living room to meet the local population.

Day 6 : Immersion in the Village of Crooked Tree

Visit from Crooked Tree Village (1 hour walk) from the archaeological site of Altun Ha, lunch on site in one of the restaurants surrounding the site, return to Crooked Tree Village for a quiet evening in the middle of nature.

Day 7 : Discovery of Beautiful Belean Beaches

Transfer to the village of Hopkins, installation at your hotel and discovery of the Belize beaches. Seafood lunch, afternoon immersion in Garifuna culture with a percussion course on the beach, or for the most sporty eager to face the waves a windsurfing course.

Day 8 : Do you like orchids? Here are 250 species.

Departure for an adventure day at the Cocksomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, its 250 species of orchids, 700 species of trees, 290 species of birds, and especially its famous jaguars. This is the first and most important reserve in the world for this rare feline. Day walk through the trails of the reserve, accompanied by a local guide that will give you all the good advice so that you don't find yourself in bad position facing this frightening wild animal! Back to Hopkins late in the day.

Day 9 : Belize City Colonial Architecture

Direction Belize City, drop your bags to the ferry company, then explore Belize City and its colonial architecture with typical Creole influences. Lunch at the Birds Isle Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Maison de la culture, before taking the boat at the end of the day towards San Pedro (1 hour 30 from Belize City).

Day 10 : Shipment of diving and shopping

First half day at Ambergris Caye dedicated to discovery of Ho Chan Marine Reserve through a dive expedition, which generally combines a stop at Shark Rak Alley. Return for lunch, to take in one of the many restaurants in the central district of San Pedro. In the afternoon, stroll through the few streets of the city to discover the souvenir shops and enjoy a relaxing moment with a massage or spa session.

Day 11 : Discovery of Great Blue Hole

Day dedicated to discovery of Great Blue Hole (4 hours of return journey). Back at the end of the day, and moments "relax and music" in one of the bars of Ambergris Caye.

Day 12 : And if we were trying fishing?

An introductory day for the mangrove fly in the vicinity of San Pedro. Paradise landscape guaranteed! The country is known for its broadcasts and tarpons. For lovers of the beach more than fishing, day relax!

Day 13 : Opportunities for an island

When you wake up, departure for Caye Caye (45 minutes driving from San Pedro by ferry), discovery on foot of the island and its beach which promises good moments of idleness. Night at Caye Caye to enjoy its Caribbean nightlife and its original reggae band.

Day 14 : Adios Belize!

Depending on your flight schedule, departure in the morning or early afternoon by ferry for Belize City, and direction International airport to take your return flight.

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