Belize
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From From $3,298 / person
  • (From $2,638 single supplement)

Explore Lush Jungles and White Sand Beaches!

Uncover the secrets of the Mayan past on this action-packed, small group adventure through Western Belize. Our expert guides can’t wait to share the beauty of unsullied ruins settled in thick jungles, the underworld realm of the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave and the colorful depths of Belize’s stunning, bountiful seas. Hike, snorkel, zipline, rappel and tube your way through the rainforests, white sand beaches, coral reefs and magical sunsets of Latin America’s eco-dream destination during this all-inclusive, custom vacation package. At days end, kick back with a cocktail and good book as you’re lulled by the rhythmic sounds of surf lapping at your feet. All the while, enjoy the best in regional accommodations, delectable cuisine and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service and discover the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation on this unforgettable holiday.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Couples Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Explore ancient Mayan ruins, lush subtropical forests, and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Whether venturing into jungle caves by headlamp or snorkeling crystal-blue waters, this eight-day journey through the best of Belize is sure to captivate your heart and revive your soul. An exclusive adventure awaits, while the hammock is always an option, so choose your choice and get ready for a perfectly-balanced vacation and experience with the best-in-class adventure travel experts. Trust us - we've got this!

  • Visit the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, home to 25 temples and palaces, and Cahal Pech, one of the oldest Mayan sites in Western Belize
  • Glimpse into a bygone era of sacred Mayan ritual and sacrifice as you explore the skeletal remains and stoneware hidden in Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, accessible only by foot and a short swim!
  • Gaze skyward in an astronomical observatory at Caracol, where Mayan ancestors once studied the stars
  • Launch 1,200-feet across the jungle canopy as you sail by zipline through Jaguar Paw Park
  • Cave-jump into a perfectly clear swimming hole before taking in the natural beauty of the Mayan underworld by inner tube
  • Snorkel the azure waters and colorful reefs of Hol Chan Marine Reserve before feeding the beautiful nurse sharks and sting rays
  • Soak up a day of leisure with a relaxing massage or book on your private beachfront palapa

The Belize trip was a great variety of 3 distinct destinations: interior, jungles, and beach. The lodges were amazing, I loved the jaguars!

Linda S Brooklyn, NY

Excellent trip! Great blend of culture and adventure! Staff very friendly and accommodating.

Jeanine I Camarillo, CA

Top notch places and experiences- one of our very best trips ever!

Karen, S Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Belize City, Belize (BZE)

Day 1: Belize City Arrival
Vacation Packages in Belize
Meals Included:  D

On Day 1, arrive at Belize City International Airport.

After passing through immigration and customs, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign with your name on it.

From there, transfer to Dream Valley Resort, approx. 1.5 hours drive.

Tonight, relax in your cabana or by the pool after a long day's travel.

About Dream Valley Resort
Remotely nestled deep in the rainforest within the magnificent Belize River Valley area, Dream Valley Resort provides the perfect combination of wildlife, lush rainforest and beautiful sandy beaches.

The finest quality of modern appliances and furniture adorn luxurious suites and rooms. Six chalets elegantly sit along raised platforms emphasizing the panoramic view of the silent Belize River and rich jungle. The name Dream Valley sums up the unimaginable natural beauty, luxury, and comforts that this jungle lodge has to offer.

Newly opened in 2012, this resort offers a perfect equilibrium between nature and luxury, offering those who seek a private getaway to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize at peace in nature.

Accommodation: Elevated views of the Belize rainforest and Belize River, private caban terrace, spacious room with Direct TV, comfortable air conditioned rooms and suite, fridge with beverages, electric kettle and coffee bar, hot and cold bath, private Jacuzzi in suite, turn down service at night, daily maid service.

Day 2: Sun Xunantunich / Cahal Pech Tour
Sun Xunantunich / Cahal Pech Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D

In the morning, your driver will escort you to 2 popular Mayan ruins in Western Belize.

  • The first stop is at Xunantunich Maya Site, in San Jose Succotz Village, 1 hour from Dream Valley
  • Once there, you will take a quick ferry across the Mopan River to the entrance of six major plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces
  • After Xunantunich you will be taken to San Ignacio for lunch at a local restaurant
  • This afternoon, we'll visit Cahal Pech Maya, which once was a hilltop home to an elite Mayan family and is one of the oldest sites in Western Belize

Your driver will transport you back to the resort late afternoon and take you on a sunset canoeing trip down the beautiful Belize River.

Day 3: Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast on Day 3, your guide will transfer you to the start of your tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave.

After a short hike to reach the cave entrance, swim a short distance, leading to an amazing underworld realm. An adventurous trek leads to the main water passage where you can admire sparkling stalactites, stalagmites and flow stones.

This chamber is known as Xibalba; a world beneath the face of the earth, into which kings and shamans of Mayan past could communicate with gods and ancestors through rituals and ceremonies.

Late afternoon, we'll head back to the resort.

Day 4: Caracol Maya Site
Caracol Maya Site
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Start your day with an early breakfast, then off to your tour of Caracol Maya Site.

  • Enjoy a hike through magnificent flora and fauna while your guide recounts history of nobles and peasants living in a mystic world
  • Visit ancient courtyards, ball courts, residential complexes and a complete astronomical observatory
  • The largest of the structures is Caana measuring 141 feet in height, making Caracol the largest Mayan Ruin in Belize.

On your way back, stop at Rio Frio Cave and jump in for a swim before the drive back to the resort.

Day 5: Royal Palm Island / Jaguar Paw
Royal Palm Island / Jaguar Paw
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 6, enjoy an exciting day of snorkeling at one of the best locations in the world: Hol Chan Marine Park.

Cruise along the Barrier Reef and stop to explore the underwater landscape and prepare to be amazed by corals, colorful fish, jacks, moray eels and other impressive, but harmless, maritime creatures.

Our second stop today: Shark Ray Alley, where you can feed the Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays, and even swim with the sharks if you are brave enough!

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing.

About the Royal Palm Island Resort
Located only 1 mile away from the Belize Barrier Reef, and less than 9 miles from Belize City situated on Little Frenchman Caye is the tiny island paradise known as Royal Palm Island, nestled away from the 'hustle and bustle' of city life and where the pace of life is deliberately slow.

Royal Palm Island provides you with 2 sides to your vacation: the adventure side and the relaxation side. Situated near Hol Chan Marine Park and Shark Ray Alley, you can spend your days snorkeling, swimming, or kayaking in the beautiful clear waters near the Resort. Or you can may choose to lounge on the beach, catching some rays from the Caribbean sun, reading a novel, or treating yourself to a massage. Whatever you choose to do on your stay at Royal Palm Island, it promises to be a fun and relaxing retreat on the beaches of Belize.

Accommodation: Incredible views of the beach and the azure Caribbean Sea, privacy on your own cottage terrace, spacious room with Direct TV, two comfortable air conditioned en suite bedrooms, private palapa in front of each cottage, fridge with beverages, electric rings and coffee bar, turn down service at night, daily maid service.

Day 7: Royal Palm Island
Royal Palm Island
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today you have the chance to enjoy facilities on the Island.

Enjoy your private thatched sun shade on the beach or take a swim in the crystal clear Caribbean water. Play a game, read a book or watch a movie in the resort's Coral room.

Or you have the option to treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Indian Spa!

Day 8: Departure to Belize City International Airport
Departure to Belize City International Airport
Meals Included:  B

A 20 minute boat ride brings you back to Royal Palm Marina located on the mainland, followed by a 15 minute drive to the Belize International Airport.

You must be at the airport 2 hours prior to your international flight home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

* This trip is operated in partnership with Darah Travel.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Darah Travel.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From From $3,298 / person
  • (From $2,638 single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Upon arrival at Belize International Airport, pass through immigration and immediately enter the luggage claim area.
  • After collecting your luggage you will pass through customs and then continue towards the airport exit door on your right hand side. Outside look for a representative of Austin Adventures who will be holding an Austin Adventures sign with your name on it.
  • Your driver will then transfer you 1.5 hours to Dream Valley Resort, where you may spend the rest of the day resting and preparing for your adventure.
  • On your last day, a twenty minute boat ride brings you back to Royal Palm Marina located on the mainland, followed by a fifteen minute drive to the Belize International Airport. You must be at the airport at least two hours prior to your international flight home.
Activities

Activities at each location are customized to meet the interest level of each guest and include:

  • Touring Mayan ruins
  • Snorkeling
  • Jungle hiking
  • Swimming
  • Safari cave tubing
  • Zip lining

Adventures also include exploring Mayan ruins and primeval caves, wandering nature trails on foot and watching over 400 species of exotic birds and other wildlife -- or simply luxuriating on a beautiful tropical beach.

Your guides will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that's right for you.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Most alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths as noted in itinerary.
  • Meals as indicated in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • Road and boat transfers throughout duration of trip.
  • Daily tours and activities as listed in itinerary.
  • Tour entrance fees and equipment.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and marine park entrance fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures / Darah Travel guide, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Any meals not indicated in itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Great trip- good way to see three major environments of Belize

Stacy G, Ligonier, PA

Staff was excellent; friendly and responsive.

Christine S, Watchung, NJ

It was like a 2nd honeymoon as we were the only 2 guests for the whole 1st week. The staff was attentive but gave us space also.

Laura G, Langhorne, PA

Great Time Overall

Suzann S, Norristown, PA
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  • 1. The raucous wildlife: Belize has a rare breed of howler monkey that is known as one of the top ten loudest animals in the world. Don’t worry: it sleeps like you and me.
  • 2. The life-filled waters: Known to inhabit more than 400 species of subtropical fish, Belize's waters also include some of the rarest varieties of fish, thanks to natural reefs off the coast.
  • 3. Quirky cuisine: in Belize, gibnut is a delicacy and has a nickname: The Royal Rat! This member of the rodent family is served all over Belize. It tastes like chicken… but tougher. Bon appétit!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like the Royal Palm Island Resort, indulge in a massage and delicious, fresh-off-the-boat seafood.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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