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Rainforest to Reef in Belize

Trip Length 8 days

From $3,395

  • Explore the lagoons of Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a globally significant wetland, and see why intrepid travelers are re-discovering Belize as a top eco-tourism destination
  • Take an exhilarating 2½-mile zip line course through a rainforest canopy and marvel at beautiful hidden waterfalls
  • Snorkel and kayak the pristine Belize Barrier Reef and unwind in an over-water beach cabana on remote Tobacco Caye—exclusive to MTS!

Belize is blessed with an abundance of habitats—vast wetlands, dense rainforests, Caribbean coastlines fringed with reefs—and this itinerary explores them all. Train your binoculars on hundreds of bird species in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (arguably Belize’s best birding site) and the broadleaf jungle of Bocawina National Park. Hike to hidden waterfalls and fly on a zip line through the rainforest canopy. Take a scenic cruise down the New River to visit the Mayan ruins of Lamanai. Unplug from daily life on remote and rustic Tobacco Caye, where your biggest decision is whether to kayak or snorkel the turquoise waters of the reef. On this idyllic tropical journey, pure enjoyment is all in a day’s “work.”

Day 1: Welcome to Belize!

Arrive at Belize International Airport, where you'll be greeted and transferred to the Bird's Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary—a lush habitat of lagoons, creeks, and tropical forest. At tonight’s orientation dinner, you’ll be introduced to the rich habitats and diverse wildlife of Belize.  

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bird’s Eye View Lodge

Day 2: Cruise a lagoon to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai

Today, take an early morning tour of the wetland habitat of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Cruise by boat through the maze of lagoons, rivers, and thickets in search of the area’s abundant birdlife (and the occasional crocodile.) Some 250 bird species have been identified in the sanctuary, including the Jabiru Stork, the largest flying bird in the Americas. After returning for a hearty breakfast, take a scenic cruise up the New River to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, one of the oldest continually occupied Mayan sites in Belize.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bird’s Eye View Lodge

Day 3: Learn about wildlife conservation and travel to the Maya Mountains

Discover more about wildlife conservation at the excellent Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, before traveling into the scenic Maya Mountains. Settle into your tropical forest lodge at Bocawina Rainforest Resort. The lodge is situated in the 7,000-acre Mayflower/Bocawina rainforest reserve and is adjacent to the 100,000-acre Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, an area of pristine rainforest specifically protected as prime habitat for jaguars.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Day 4: Go birding and zip line through a rainforest canopy

Early birds this morning will have plenty of company—over 165 species of birds have been spotted here. After birding and breakfast, set out on today’s main adventure—a full-day waterfall hike through the park, visiting four different waterfalls. Your hike wraps up with a thrilling, 2½-mile zip line through the rainforest canopy. Return to the lodge for dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Day 5: Take a morning waterfall hike and journey to Tobacco Caye

Begin the day by choosing from a variety of exciting activities. You might take a rainforest nature walk, tour the nearby, partially excavated Mayan ceremonial sites, or hike up to Antelope Falls, where you’ll be rewarded with an emerald-hued freshwater swimming hole and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea (our next destination).

Mid-morning, you’ll travel from Bocawina overland to Dangriga, then take a 45-minute boat ride to Tobacco Caye, a small islet that’s part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Upon arrival at Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins, you’ll get an introduction to sea kayaking and snorkeling, and learn about the tropical marine habitat you’ll be exploring. Return to your private, over-the-water beach cabana overlooking the Belize Barrier Reef. Though the accommodations are basic, these cabanas provide great access to the reef in a wonderfully peaceful setting!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tobacco Caye Paradise

Days 6-7: Enjoy world-class snorkeling and explore the reef by kayak

South Water Caye is the largest marine reserve in Belize, and has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as well as a vast diversity of bird and marine life. Spend two relaxing days enjoying world-class snorkeling right off the beach of your resort, or explore the reef by kayak. On farewell evening, experience the local Caribbean culture with a Garifuna music presentation. The Garifuna are descendants of West African and indigenous Caribbean people—UNESCO recently declared their language, dance, and music in Belize to be a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tobacco Caye Paradise

Day 8: Depart from Belize

Take a 45-minute boat ride back to the mainland and transfer to Dangriga airstrip for a short, 20-minute flight to Belize International Airport. Check-in for your international outbound flights.

  • Breakfast

Nov 19 - 26, 2017

Dec 24 - 31, 2017 Holiday departure

Jan 21 - 28, 2018

Feb 04 - 11, 2018

Feb 18 - 25, 2018

Mar 18 - 25, 2018

Apr 08 - 15, 2018

Nov 18 - 25, 2018

Dec 23 - 30, 2018 Holiday departure

pricing

2017/2018 Pricing
$3,395  (7-12 guests)
$3,595  (4-6 guests)

$100     Internal domestic flight (subject to change)
$400     Single Supplement
$100     Holiday Surcharge for December departures

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Bird’s Eye View Lodge — Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Perched on the edge of a lagoon in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the family-run Bird’s Eye View Lodge offers simple but cozy accommodations in the center of Belize’s best birding region. The 22 clean, comfortable, and newly refurbished rooms feature ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms—many offer views of the lagoon, meaning you can spot exotic birds right from your bed or the wide upstairs patio. The on-site dining room offers a variety of Creole and American cuisine.

Bocawina Rainforest Resort — Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Bocawina Rainforest Resort is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, surrounded by 7,100 acres of lush tropical forest. This eco-friendly jungle hideaway is run entirely on solar and hydro power. Accommodations include three well-appointed deluxe suites, two thatched-roof cabanas with verandas, and six comfortable, tastefully decorated standard rooms. Many rooms offer spectacular jungle and waterfall views, and all rooms are equipped with in-room Wi-Fi and private bathrooms with hot showers. The on-site Wild Fig Restaurant and Bar serves farm-to-table meals, including produce grown at the resort.

Tobacco Caye Paradise — Tobacco Caye

The secluded Tobacco Caye Paradise eco-lodge is located on Tobacco Caye, an idyllic, scantly populated islet in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. With only six pleasingly rustic beach cabanas, this lodge is a true escape. Cabanas are equipped with rainwater-fed, cold-water showers, private bathrooms, and decks that reach out over the turquoise waters of the Belize Barrier Reef. Guests can snorkel or kayak right off the sandy beach just steps away from their cottage. Meals are served in the small communal dining hall, and electricity at the lodge is generated by solar power (with generator backup, just in case).

  • Explore the lagoons of Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a globally significant wetland, and see why intrepid travelers are re-discovering Belize as a top eco-tourism destination
  • Take an exhilarating 2½-mile zip line course through a rainforest canopy and marvel at beautiful hidden waterfalls
  • Snorkel and kayak the pristine Belize Barrier Reef and unwind in an over-water beach cabana on remote Tobacco Caye—exclusive to MTS!

Belize is blessed with an abundance of habitats—vast wetlands, dense rainforests, Caribbean coastlines fringed with reefs—and this itinerary explores them all. Train your binoculars on hundreds of bird species in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (arguably Belize’s best birding site) and the broadleaf jungle of Bocawina National Park. Hike to hidden waterfalls and fly on a zip line through the rainforest canopy. Take a scenic cruise down the New River to visit the Mayan ruins of Lamanai. Unplug from daily life on remote and rustic Tobacco Caye, where your biggest decision is whether to kayak or snorkel the turquoise waters of the reef. On this idyllic tropical journey, pure enjoyment is all in a day’s “work.”

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Belize!

Arrive at Belize International Airport, where you'll be greeted and transferred to the Bird's Eye View Lodge in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary—a lush habitat of lagoons, creeks, and tropical forest. At tonight’s orientation dinner, you’ll be introduced to the rich habitats and diverse wildlife of Belize.  

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bird’s Eye View Lodge

Day 2: Cruise a lagoon to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai

Today, take an early morning tour of the wetland habitat of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Cruise by boat through the maze of lagoons, rivers, and thickets in search of the area’s abundant birdlife (and the occasional crocodile.) Some 250 bird species have been identified in the sanctuary, including the Jabiru Stork, the largest flying bird in the Americas. After returning for a hearty breakfast, take a scenic cruise up the New River to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai, one of the oldest continually occupied Mayan sites in Belize.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bird’s Eye View Lodge

Day 3: Learn about wildlife conservation and travel to the Maya Mountains

Discover more about wildlife conservation at the excellent Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, before traveling into the scenic Maya Mountains. Settle into your tropical forest lodge at Bocawina Rainforest Resort. The lodge is situated in the 7,000-acre Mayflower/Bocawina rainforest reserve and is adjacent to the 100,000-acre Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, an area of pristine rainforest specifically protected as prime habitat for jaguars.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Day 4: Go birding and zip line through a rainforest canopy

Early birds this morning will have plenty of company—over 165 species of birds have been spotted here. After birding and breakfast, set out on today’s main adventure—a full-day waterfall hike through the park, visiting four different waterfalls. Your hike wraps up with a thrilling, 2½-mile zip line through the rainforest canopy. Return to the lodge for dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Day 5: Take a morning waterfall hike and journey to Tobacco Caye

Begin the day by choosing from a variety of exciting activities. You might take a rainforest nature walk, tour the nearby, partially excavated Mayan ceremonial sites, or hike up to Antelope Falls, where you’ll be rewarded with an emerald-hued freshwater swimming hole and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea (our next destination).

Mid-morning, you’ll travel from Bocawina overland to Dangriga, then take a 45-minute boat ride to Tobacco Caye, a small islet that’s part of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Upon arrival at Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins, you’ll get an introduction to sea kayaking and snorkeling, and learn about the tropical marine habitat you’ll be exploring. Return to your private, over-the-water beach cabana overlooking the Belize Barrier Reef. Though the accommodations are basic, these cabanas provide great access to the reef in a wonderfully peaceful setting!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tobacco Caye Paradise

Days 6-7: Enjoy world-class snorkeling and explore the reef by kayak

South Water Caye is the largest marine reserve in Belize, and has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as well as a vast diversity of bird and marine life. Spend two relaxing days enjoying world-class snorkeling right off the beach of your resort, or explore the reef by kayak. On farewell evening, experience the local Caribbean culture with a Garifuna music presentation. The Garifuna are descendants of West African and indigenous Caribbean people—UNESCO recently declared their language, dance, and music in Belize to be a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tobacco Caye Paradise

Day 8: Depart from Belize

Take a 45-minute boat ride back to the mainland and transfer to Dangriga airstrip for a short, 20-minute flight to Belize International Airport. Check-in for your international outbound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Bird’s Eye View Lodge — Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Perched on the edge of a lagoon in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the family-run Bird’s Eye View Lodge offers simple but cozy accommodations in the center of Belize’s best birding region. The 22 clean, comfortable, and newly refurbished rooms feature ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms—many offer views of the lagoon, meaning you can spot exotic birds right from your bed or the wide upstairs patio. The on-site dining room offers a variety of Creole and American cuisine.

Bocawina Rainforest Resort — Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Bocawina Rainforest Resort is located in the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, surrounded by 7,100 acres of lush tropical forest. This eco-friendly jungle hideaway is run entirely on solar and hydro power. Accommodations include three well-appointed deluxe suites, two thatched-roof cabanas with verandas, and six comfortable, tastefully decorated standard rooms. Many rooms offer spectacular jungle and waterfall views, and all rooms are equipped with in-room Wi-Fi and private bathrooms with hot showers. The on-site Wild Fig Restaurant and Bar serves farm-to-table meals, including produce grown at the resort.

Tobacco Caye Paradise — Tobacco Caye

The secluded Tobacco Caye Paradise eco-lodge is located on Tobacco Caye, an idyllic, scantly populated islet in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. With only six pleasingly rustic beach cabanas, this lodge is a true escape. Cabanas are equipped with rainwater-fed, cold-water showers, private bathrooms, and decks that reach out over the turquoise waters of the Belize Barrier Reef. Guests can snorkel or kayak right off the sandy beach just steps away from their cottage. Meals are served in the small communal dining hall, and electricity at the lodge is generated by solar power (with generator backup, just in case).

Dates and Pricing

Nov 19 - 26, 2017

Dec 24 - 31, 2017 Holiday departure

Jan 21 - 28, 2018

Feb 04 - 11, 2018

Feb 18 - 25, 2018

Mar 18 - 25, 2018

Apr 08 - 15, 2018

Nov 18 - 25, 2018

Dec 23 - 30, 2018 Holiday departure

pricing

2017/2018 Pricing
$3,395  (7-12 guests)
$3,595  (4-6 guests)

$100     Internal domestic flight (subject to change)
$400     Single Supplement
$100     Holiday Surcharge for December departures

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $3,395

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