10 Day Customized Vacation to Belize

Central America > Belize

Belize is located on the north eastern coast of Central America. Its territory is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea where you can find it’s extensive barrier reef, and on the south and west by Guatemala. Belize has a very diverse society that is composed of many cultures and languages that reflect it’s rich history.

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Day 1: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Belize, airport reception after luggage claim and private transportation to Blancaneaux Lodge. This transfer takes approximately three hours.

Check in for a four-night stay at Blancaneaux Lodge (one double-occupancy Gardenview Cabaña).

Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (Dinner)

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Day 2: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE

Morning departure for a privately guided tour of the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve, visiting the Maya site of Caracol, the Rio Frio cave, and the Rio On pools. The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve protects nearly 300 square miles of pine forest, rivers, and waterfalls. The reserve, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, is home to toucans, parrots, and motmots. Caracol is the most extensive Mayan site in Belize and was only re-discovered as recently as 1936. A picnic lunch is included in today's touring. Bring closed toe shoes, river shoes, sun protection, insect repellant, and swimwear. This tour lasts approximately nine hours.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 3: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE

Day at leisure to enjoy hotel ́s amenities.

Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 4: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE

Morning departure for a group-basis tour of Actun Tunichil Munkal (ATM Cave). Drive approximately 90 minutes from the lodge and hike through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to the cave's entrance. Explore the "Cathedral" chamber, a Mayan ceremonial burial ground. A picnic lunch is included in today's touring.
Closed toed shoes, swimwear, a change of clothes, sun protection, and insect repellant are essential. This tour lasts approximately eight to nine hours.

Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

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Day 5: MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE TO PLACENCIA

Breakfast at Blancaneaux Lodge
Depart by private transporation to Turtle Inn, in the Placencia area. This transfer takes approximately four hours.
Check in for a five-night stay at Turtle Inn (one double-occupancy Seaview Cottage).
Evening at Leisure in Placencia.

Overnight Turtle Inn (Breakfast)

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Day 6: PLACENCIA

We discover the remarkable lava formations shaped by the last Volcanic Island eruptions along the seashore. This mystical brilliance is a labyrinth of lava arches set amongst crystal-clear water filled with sea lions, eagle rays, reef sharks, sea turtles and much more. You'll have the opportunity to snorkel with these gorgeous creatures, while you relish the excitement of the curious Galapagos penguins playing around you. Some optional activities like snorkeling at Concha de Perla, surf lessons and biking are also available. Alternatively, you can unwind on one of the exotic white-sand beaches of Isabela Island. The giant tortoise breeding center is worth visiting thanks to the unique splendor it offers.
9:00 AM departure for an outer reef, two tank dive. Dive along the infer reef, visiting laughing Bird Caye, Pompion & Ranguana Caye. You’ll need to be at the hotel’s dive shop 30 minutes before departure to try on your gear. The dive includes SCUBA kit equipment and wetsuit rentals. Lunch is included in the dive tour.
Evening at Leisure in Placencia.

Overnight Turtle Inn (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 7: PLACENCIA

Day at Leisure in Placencia to enjoy the beach and hotel ́s amenities.

Overnight Turtle Inn (Breakfast)

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Day 8: PLACENCIA

Depart by private transfer to Cockcom Basin Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve. The 128,000 acre wildlife sanctuary has well marked hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging and is a jaguar hotspot which also provides habitat to Howler Monkeys, Agouti, Brocket Deer and Peccary. A picnic lunch is included in today ́s touring. Evening at Leisure in Placencia.

Overnight Turtle Inn (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Day 9: PLACENCIA

Day at Leisure in Placencia to enjoy the beach and hotel ́s amenities.

Overnight Turtle Inn (Breakfast)

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Day 10: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Breakfast at Turtle Inn.
Private transfer to Placencia airstrip terminal. This transfer takes approximately five minutes.
Fly from Placencia (PLJ) to Belize City (BZE). Flight arrangements made independently, not included in the pricing.
Upon arrival in Belize city, connect with your international departure flight.

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Accommodations

BLANCANEAUX LODGE

Blancaneaux Lodge is one of our favorites: a riverside lodge set within the Maya Mountains of western Belize. Francis Ford Coppola purchased the property in the 1980s as a private family retreat. Today, 20 guestrooms are now set among the flowers and palms of Blancaneaux’s riverside gardens. The guest rooms feature thatched roofs, outdoor showers, and fully-screened windows without glass. Each is furnished with security box, hammock, mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobes, and sandals. Guestrooms at Blancaneaux do not have air conditioning, television, or telephone; the Mountain Pine Ridge is generally cool, and reception can be reached via “shellphone” intercom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Food is a highlight at Blancaneaux; the lodge has three restaurants (Italian, Guatemalan, and garden) many of the ingredients are grown on property. Other hotel amenities include a riverside hot tub, a swimming pool, a spa pavilion (specializing in Thai massage), stables, gardens, and hiking trails. Birding, hiking, and river tubing excursions are available to guests at no charge. Riding and massages can be arranged for an additional fee. Service is warm and genuine; the hotel staff treat guests and each other like family.

TURTLE INN

Turtle Inn is Francis Ford Coppola’s beachfront resort on the Central Coast of Belize. Located just outside the town of Placencia, Turtle Inn is a perfect base for exploring the region’s white-sand cayes, atolls, and reef. Turtle Inn’s gardens and guest rooms have a Balinese feel; Mr. Coppola fell in love with Southeast Asia while filming there in the 1970’s. He imported the resort’s hand-carved pavement stones, wall decorations, and furnishings from Bali. He also designed the guest cabanas with thatched roofs and outdoor showers. Guest rooms are fully screened and shuttered but dispense with window glass or air conditioning—another reflection of Bali’s open- air style of living. Guest rooms at Turtle Inn are furnished with a security box, mini- bar, ceiling fans, cookie jars, bathrobes, and beach sandals. The rooms do not have television or telephone; reception can be reached via “shellphone” intercom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Turtle Inn has three restaurants, a bar, two swimming pools, a spa (specializing in Thai massage), and a dive shop. Service is warm and genuine; many of the hotel staff have worked at the property for more than a decade.

  • Round-trip airfare Quito to San Cristobal Island
  • Airport transfers
  • Land & sea transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Meals, as mentioned in itinerary
  • Snorkel gear
  • Expert guides
  • International airfare
  • INGALA transit card
  • Galapagos NP fee
  • Pier use fee at Puerto Villamil
  • Snorkeling gear for optional activities
  • Wetsuit
  • Tips

Pricing starts at:

$4,812

Pricing

$4,812

per person