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Our top 5 reasons to visit Belize!

Updated: 5 days ago

Belize is a jewel nestled in Central America with a kaleidoscope of natural wonders, cultural richness, and adventure waiting to be explored. With its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Belize offers a diverse array of experiences for every traveler.

While there are endless reasons to visit Belize, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5:

·      1. Belize is English speaking! There are no visas or vaccinations needed to enter this little gem of a country. Just pack your bags and go!

·      2. It has more ruins than houses - this is a common way for locals to describe the abundance of Mayan sites available for exploration. From popular Xunantenich ruins to less visited Lamanai faces, there is plenty of adventure to climb.

·      3. Second largest barrier reef in the world - all snorkelers and divers welcome. Did we mention shark alley?

·      4. The incredible local cuisine! - join local chefs in an outdoor kitchen, make hot sauce or sample your way through the chicken and rice dishes.

·      5. The warm, friendly, laid-back culture - from Creole to Garifuna, the heartheart of Belize is in its people.



Day 1 - Home - Belize - San Ignacio


Take your international flight to Belize. Reception at the airport by our team, and private transfer to your accommodations in the jungle. En route, stop for a traditional Belizean welcome lunch. Then rest at your lodge. 


Tonight, we will set a bonfire near your room and deliver sweets to make smores! Unwind and create cherished moments with a Private Bonfire and S'mores experience at Hidden Valley Wilderness Lodge. Embrace the warmth of the fire and the sweetness of delightful treats. Our team will set-up the bonfire near your room, and provide a basket full of treats. 

Day 2 - San Ignacio 

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Xunantunich Maya Ruins - After breakfast, set out with your private local guide to explore the most famous ruins in the area. Located in the Cayo District near the town of San Ignacio and the border with Guatemala, Xunantunich is most famously known for the large temple known today as El Castillo (Spanish for “The Castle”) which is more than 130 feet tall (30 meters) making it the second-tallest building in Belize.

Tonight, enjoy a private Jungle Dinner.

Experience the ultimate in romantic indulgence with an outdoor private dinner. Surrounded by the enchanting sounds of nature and illuminated by the soft glow of flickering lanterns, this intimate setting is nothing short of magical. Your own private chef will craft a gourmet feast, right in front of your eyes. This bespoke dining experience promises to be one of your vacation memories.

Day 3 - San Ignacio

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Morning free to explore the waterfalls, trails, and beautiful sites near the lodge.

This afternoon, enjoy a Maya Cooking Class eight at the resort. Immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of the Maya culture with our Maya Home Cooking Class. Led by a knowledgeable local host, this hands-on experience invites you into a traditional Maya home, where you'll learn the ancient techniques and recipes passed down through generations. From grinding spices to preparing vibrant salsas and cooking with indigenous ingredients, you'll gain insight into the flavors and customs that define Maya cuisine. As you savor the delicious dishes you've created together, you'll not only enjoy a feast for your taste buds but also a deeper appreciation for the cultural tapestry of the Maya people. 

Day 4 -San Ignacio - Ambergris Caye

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This morning, we begin with a Cave Tubing & Ziplining adventure with a traditional Belizean lunch. Experience the thrill of tubing and enjoy a cool swim in the refreshing waters of a natural pool, formed between cave entrances. Float downstream and relax as you learn about Mayan culture and view stunning cave formations. Hike through the jungle, along the river bank and carry your tube up to the starting point. Float down the river and relax in the first cave, as your expert guide tells you about Mayan culture and their beliefs. Get ready for a thrill in the second cave, accessed by both starting points, where light rapids will add some excitement and speed to your tubing experience. 

For those who want to give it a try, end your tour by speeding things up with a memorable zipline, as you ride across the Belize jungles and river from tree to tree. 


If time allows, we will also visit the Baboon Sanctuary. The monkeys are completely free but often visit the sanctuary that helps preserve this beautiful species. This Sanctuary is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the  habitat of the Black Howler Monkey (called ‘baboon’ in the local Creole dialect). The Black Howler Monkey is the largest monkey in the Americas and is found only in small sections of Central America. Black Howlers have an infamous howl, a deep resonating and raspy cat like roar that can be heard for over a mile. During this tour you will get to see these mammals in their natural habitat and learn more about them as you walk along the nature trails established in the sanctuary.

Then a short flight takes us to the archipelago of Ambergris Caye, and check into your beachfront accommodations. 

Day 5 - Ambergris Caye


Private Half day Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley snorkel tour

Explore the underwater wonders of Belize’s most popular snorkeling sites on this trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Departing from Ambergris Caye, you'll swim with an amazing variety of fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and nurse sharks among the coral formations of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Included: pick up and drop off at your resort, snorkeling equipment, and English speaking guide. 

Day 6 - Ambergris Caye

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Beach Picnic and Sailing Cruise

Climb aboard our thirty-eight foot catamaran and sail the high seas, retracing the route of those who harvested the coconut crops for English merchants in the 1600s. Millions of coconuts were harvested each year and sent to England for their bakeries and restaurants. Just imagine pristine beaches lined with virgin coconut palms as far as the eye could see. Around lunch, your skipper will anchor near the coral rich Mexico Rocks; a popular destination that is perfect for beginner and advanced snorkelers. You won’t believe the beauty and color of this incredible coral forest! When your snorkeling experience is complete, you will board your vessel to the alluring aroma of barbecue fish, chicken and shrimp with all the trimmings which will be served on deck. (Lobster and conch will be on the menu, when they are in season.) After lunch, a nap, sunbathing or another dip in our crystal clear water is part of the agenda. The cruise home will be leisurely and very relaxing as the waves splash lazily against the hull, whispering thank you, thank you, thank you for coming to Belize.

Day 7 - Ambergris Caye


Last day free to enjoy the resort and the beach!


Day 8 - Ambergris Caye - Belize City - Home 


After breakfast and checking out, private transfer back to the airstrip for a short flight to the mainland. Here, reception and assistance to the international airport. Check in and board your flight home from Belize City. Safe travels! 


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