Latin America Vacations
Belize | Hidden Valley to Ambergris Caye | Adult Only
Discover Belize's natural habitat that has been untouched for centuries
9 days / 8 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Uncover the secrets of the Mayan past on this action-packed, small group adventure through Southern Belize. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of a local chocolate farm with local guides, hike and snorkel your way through the rainforests, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and fall in love with the magical sunsets of Latin America. At the end of the day, 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. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it’s packed with adventure and culture. This nine-day adventure will take you from the heart of the jungle where you’re sure to spot at least a few of Belize’s 570 bird species to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world and a pure paradise for marine life lovers and snorkelers. By night, relax at your luxurious accommodation with a candlelit dinner, walk along a sandy beach at sunset, or enjoy a warm Jacuzzi soak under a starry Belize sky.
- Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, or even go on a fishing excursion on Ambergris Caye
- Take a hike through the historic Mayan ruins
- Relax at an award-winning spa that has over 36 different treatments
- Get close with nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley
- Go tubing at Jaguar Paw, sit back and relax and enjoy the ride
Austin Adventures is proudly offering this trip in conjunction with our Belize partner, Darah Travel. Darah Travel is an extremely guest-oriented company and its mission is to provide you with a safe and reliable Belize services provider on your vacation in a foreign land. They believe in matching their products and services to what best fits their guest’s needs, treating their guests with the utmost respect and courtesy, and providing you with the vacation of a lifetime on your trip to Belize. The employees of Darah Travel truly believe that Belize has it all and that there is something for everyone in this small country, regardless of your budget, time constraints, and comfort requirements. Whatever your desires are for the ultimate Belize Vacation, Darah Travel and Austin Adventures are teaming up to provide you with your dream adventure!
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Birds galore: Bring your binoculars, bird lovers! Belize has over 500 distinct varieties of birds. That's more than any other country in the world!
Pristine wilderness: Belize cares about the environment as much as we do! Due to strict government regulation, two-thirds of the Belizean natural forest is safe from exploitation. Phew!
The deeper meaning: Belize's national motto is “Under the Shade I flourish.” Discover where this phrase featured on the Belize flag came from and the importance it holds for nationals today.
Belize City, Belize BZE
Belize City, Belize BZE
Belize City Arrival/ Hidden Valley Reserve
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 • Transfer to Hidden Valley Inn, approx. two and a half hour’s drive • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure
Hidden Valley Inn
Hidden Valley Inn comprises an estate lodge and just six surrounding cottages, each with two suites, making for a highly personal and exclusive vacation experience. The lodge, once the Main House of the Hidden Valley estate, boasts several fireplace lounges, a handsome bar room that opens to the pool’s stone terrace, beautifully surrounded by gardens of orchids, lilies, and bromeliads. At night, enjoy the Jacuzzi under Belize’s starry skies or cozy up with a book after dinner.
The restaurant at Hidden Valley Inn is an epicurean delight reserved for property guests only. Candlelight dinners are best when followed by a nightcap in the cocktail lounge. And after, guests make their way back to their individual cottages where, on cooler evenings, a fire is glowing.
In the morning, refreshed and ready to venture out into the broad landscape of Hidden Valley Reserve, guests meet the friendly staff to go over the day’s itinerary. Your hosts will personally see to it that your plans are met and that the day is properly arranged for maximum satisfaction. Should your plans include a spa service, that can be arranged as well!
Caracol Mayan Ruins / Rio Frio Caves / Rio on Pools
Today, take in the largest Mayan site in the country known as Caracol • Visit ancient courtyards, ball courts, residential complexes, and a complete astronomical observatory as your guide recounts the history of nobles and peasants living in a mystic world • The largest of the structure is Caana measuring 43 meters in height, making Caracol the Largest Mayan Ruin in Belize • On your way back from Caracol, stop by the Rio Frio Cave and Rio on pools of the Mountain Pine ridge • Here you can jump in for a swim before returning to your hotel.
Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve
Spend the day at your leisure either exploring the 7,000+ acres of Hidden Valley Reserve or relaxing back at the Inn with a yoga class or spa day • Seek out one of the seven waterfalls on property • Take on a self-guided hiking or mountain biking adventure or arrange a bird watching or vehicle tour with the concierge • Included in your stay is a private scenic picnic lunch at one of the reserve’s many natural sites
Belize City/ Ambergris Caye
Today, we drive to the municipal airstrip located in Belize City • En route to the airstrip, we’ll stop at Jaguar Paw to experience an exhilarating cave tubing adventure • Hike a short distance across the subtropical forest where you begin your underworld tubing experience • Once there, sit back and relax while you float through a series of caves with crystal blue waters, limestone walls and much more! • After lunch, we’ll continue on our two and a half-hour transfer to Belize City • A short 20-minute flight will bring you to La Isla Bonita • A representative from your hotel will be waiting for you at the airstrip to take you to Victoria House.
Spectacular, private, and located on a breathtaking Caribbean island, the award-winning Victoria House Resort & Spa features 42 rooms offering a variety of world-class accommodations. Whether you stay in a spacious pool villa, luxurious suite, well-appointed Stateroom, or a romantic tropical Casita, Victoria House provides the perfect venue for total relaxation and comfort.
As a boutique resort, Victoria House is unsurpassed in the art of pampering its guests with an abundance of services and conveniences. The spa facility truly sets Victoria House apart from any other resort on Ambergris Caye.
Perched at the edge of one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, the Belize Barrier Reef, the resort offers a variety of exhilarating adventures, from exploring Mayan ruins to diving the world-renowned Great Blue Hole. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous assortment of world-class activities, Victoria House is sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Ambergris Caye/ Hol Chan Marine Reserve/ Shark Ray Alley
After breakfast you will be picked up at the pier of your hotel by your boat captain • Today you will visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, located four miles away from Ambergris Caye by boat • Hol Chan is the Mayan translation for “little channel” and is home to over 160 species of fish, nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algae, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtles • Your next adventure is at Shark Ray Alley, lying just three minutes from Hol Chan • Nurse Sharks and stingrays politely greet you as you arrive to visit them.
Ambergris Caye/Victoria House
Experience three days of leisure at and around Victoria House • You may opt to visit the lively town of San Pedro which is a short bicycle ride away; the resort can help you get a cab to take you into the village if you desire • The second largest barrier reef in the world is just minutes away by boat; the concierge can assist you in booking snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing excursion • There is also an award-winning spa with 36 different treatments that you may opt to take advantage of • However you choose to spend your days on Ambergris Caye is up to you!
Arrival & 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 two and a half hours to Hidden Valley Inn, where you may spend the rest of the day resting and preparing for your adventure. On your last day, you will be taken to the nearby San Pedro airstrip for your twenty-minute flight to the International airport where you will make your post-trip connections home.
Activities at each location are customized to meet the interest level of each guest and include snorkeling, jungle hiking, swimming, and safari cave tubing. 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.
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 the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths as noted in the itinerary.
- Meals as indicated in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Road and boat transfers throughout the duration of the trip.
- Daily tours and activities listed in the itinerary.
- Tour entrance fees and equipment.
- Local flight to/from Ambergris Caye.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags, and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures / Darah Travel guides.
- Local partner and expert gratuities and dining gratuities.
- All beverages and related gratuities.
- Any meals not indicated in the itinerary.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
Latin America Expert
Want to know how to fully experience the depth of beauty and culture in a place? Ask Carol Austin. A Montana native who treasures the land and people in her own backyard—be it Yellowstone, the Beartooths, or the family around her dinner table—Carol knows how to embrace any destination she explores, a feat at 40+ countries and counting. And with more than 20 years in the travel industry, she’s really good at helping guests plan—and fully enjoy—their adventure vacation, too. She co-founded Austin Adventures with her husband, Dan Austin.