Belize: Heartland of Culture, Wildlife and Adventure8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Belize City / To Turneffe Flats
Upon arrival in Belize, you will be met by your local Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your tropical resort.Turneffe Flats Resort - 4 Nights (D)
Day 2Turneffe Flats
Explore the lagoons of Turneffe Flats.Turneffe Flats Resort (B, L, D)
Day 3Turneffe Flats
Kayak and snorkel along the reef, searching for dolphins, tarpons, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and more.Turneffe Flats Resort (B, L, D)
Day 4Turneffe Flats
Enjoy the day at leisure to relax at your resortTurneffe Flats Resort (B, L, D)
Day 5To the Cayo District
Return to the mainland by boat and travel into the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve.Chaa Creek - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 6The Cayo District
Explore the incredible Actun Tunichil Muknal caverns.Chaa Creek (B, D)
Day 7The Cayo District
Travel into Guatemala to explore the legendary Maya city of Tikal. Discover its pyramids, grand plazas and steep temples situated under the luxuriant jungle canopy.Chaa Creek (B, L)
Day 8Depart Belize City
Participate in a unique jaguar rehabilitation project at the Belize Zoo before returning to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Capital: Belize City
Currency: Belizean dollar
Official Language(s): English
A British colony until 1981, Belize has a laid-back feel that has more in common with the Caribbean than other countries in Central America. Despite having a population of just 300,000, Belize offers a diverse range of attractions, from jungle walks, Mayan temples, superb snorkeling (Belize has the second largest coral reef system in the world) and isolated island retreats.
What To See
The cayes off the coast of Belize are perfect for snorkeling, sea fishing, canoeing or just relaxing. One of the most famous is Ambergris Caye, where Cox & Kings offers the stunning Victoria House. This pretty region is very unspoiled.
When To Go
Peak season for visiting Belize is from December to March, when there are clear skies and warm temperatures. Hurricanes threaten the coastal regions from June to November.
Belize: Heartland Of Culture, Wildlife And Adventure
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