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Latin AmericaBelize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

10 days, 4 cities230
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From $2329 with flightsPayments as low as $133

Ancient ruins surrounded by palm trees and lush greenery
Ancient ruins surrounded by palm trees and lush greenery
A blue and yellow tropical fish swimming next to a colorful coral reef
Brightly colored buildings on the shore of a beautiful beach with clear water and palm trees
A person in a helmet ziplining through a lush green forest
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Overview

Why Go?

This trip is land, air, and sea to the tropical max. Where else can you zoom through the jungle canopy suspended on a zipline at nearly 50 mph? And once you’ve caught your breath from flying through the air, and properly observed leg day by climbing the temple stairs: sprawl out on some of the best beaches in the world, tube down a lazy river, snorkel, swim, and splash in the crystal-clear water until the Belizean sea cows come home.

**Please note: Due to the border closure in Guatemala, Tikal is no longer a part of this itinerary for the time being. Instead, you will enjoy a full day excursion to the Xunantunich Ruins with Lunch included. Here you will get the chance to explore the ruins, enjoy sweeping views of Guatemala in the distance and spend the afternoon canoeing in San Ignacio.**

What are the top highlights?

  • Explore the Maya ruins of Xunantunich and Altun Ha
  • Enjoy the relaxed Caribbean beach atmosphere of San Pedro
  • Zipline and cave-tube deep in the jungle of Central America
  • Snorkel off the coasts of San Pedro and Hol Chan
  • Bask in the sun on a Southern Coast beach
  • Keep an ear out in the rainforest for howler monkeys’ notorious calls
  • Immerse yourself in a wide spectrum of local cultures and traditions

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Ferry ride to Ambergris Caye
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • 2 Included Lunches
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Entrances to Xunantunich Ruins, Altun Ha & other select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

Click **here **for examples of where you'll stay.

Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Belize

    Welcome to Belize! Home to Mayan ruins, monkeys, and most importantly: you for the next 10 days! Get situated, get properly sunscreened, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.

    In the evening, try to get some shut-eye before an early start the next morning!

  • Day 2: Explore the Altun Ha Ruins & Welcome Dinner

    Experience the ruins of a once-thriving city in the Belizean jungle and see what Pre-Columbian life was like for the indigenous peoples of Central America.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Immerse yourself in Mayan life as you explore temples, homes, and recreational sites at Altun Ha Ruins with a local expert.
    • Head to Ambergris Caye for dinner, drinks and some relaxation after a full day of playing archaeologist.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!.

  • Day 3: Snorkeling at Hol Chan + Optional San Pedro Food Tour

    Make an expedition to the warm waters of Hol Chan off of Ambergris Caye. After a quick lesson in the art of snorkeling, dive on in and join a guide for an astounding underwater experience among a spectacular array of marine life.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Glide past the colorful coral formations that Belize is known for as you snorkel through the world’s second largest barrier reef.
    • See turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, jacks, tarpon, and many other marine species as you share the warm waters.
    • Enjoy Ambergris Caye’s sunny vibes the way the locals do—blissfully.

    Belize Food Tour (extra cost)

    Belizean food is such a deeply exciting cuisine. Sample some Belizean favorites and learn about how Mayan cuisine seeped its way into the vibrant foods of Belize.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Travel to San Ignacio via Belize City

    Dry off from yesterday’s water party and head into inner-Belize. San Ignacio is the pastel-colored gateway to the Guatemalan rainforest. Enjoy the friendly small town atmosphere for the day.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Gawk at the Belizean countryside as you venture inward towards San Ignacio.
    • Arrive in San Ignacio and chill out at the edge of the jungle.
  • Day 5: Explore the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich

    Welcome to the Xunantunich Ruins! Less than 1 mile from the Guatemala Border, Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site located atop a ridge above the Mopan River. Today is a day to explore these ruins, spend time canoeing down the Macal River, and enjoy sweeping views of Guatemala in the distance!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Wake up to the sounds of the jungle in San Ignacio.
    • Join a local guide for an in-depth tour of Xunantunich Ruins.
    • Fuel back up with an included lunch and then paddle in the Macal River.
  • Day 6: Ziplining & Cave Tubing on the Southern Coast

    Trade in archaeology for adrenaline today on the Southern Coast of Belize. You’re in for a heart pumping helping of ziplining, a mellow dose of lazy river cave tubing, and plenty of beach time.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Give a hearty howler monkey goodbye to the rainforest as you board your bus headed for the coast.
    • Reach speeds of nearly 50mph cruising above the canopy on a zipline.
    • Slow down with a lazy river float through a wild series of sacred Mayan caves.
    • Feast on an included barbeque lunch—feel free to nap off the food coma later on the beach.
  • Day 7: Free Day on the Southern Coast + Optional Snorkeling Trip

    Be free today to do Belize your way. You have the beach at your fingertips and your new BFFs to share it with. Take it easy on the Southern Coast all day and all night.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Belizean Cuisine: The food in Belize is a bit like Mexican food, but with a unique twist from Mayan, Garifuna, Kriol and other cultures. The result is fabulous, and you must be sure to try ceviche, conch fritters, fry jacks, or anything that looks tasty to you!
    Beach Time: Grab a book, download a podcast, order a cold drink, and plop yourself down on the golden sand for the day. Be sure to flip over once in awhile for even tanning.

    Snorkel at Turneffe Atoll (extra cost)

    Want more time to snorkel? Buckle up! Time to take your snorkeling to the next level with Snorkeling in the Southern Cayes.  With over 1,000 documented species of fish in the Caribbean Sea, you’re sure to see something special!

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 8: Free Day on the Southern Coast

    Much like eating potato chips, once you’ve had a bit of Belize’s natural beauty, you crave so much more of it. Get your fix today by surrounding yourself in all its glory on the beach, or wherever you choose to spend your free day.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Belikin Beer: Kick back and sip a Belikin, the premiere beer brand of Belize, preferably under a coconut tree.
    Water Sports: Rent a kayak or paddle board and live it up in the lazy surf of the Southern Coastline.

  • Day 9: Return to Belize City + Farewell Dinner

    After a wonderful time on the Southern Coast, it’s time to return to Belize City for one final day in paradise. Spend your bus ride scheduling your “take me back to Belize” Instagram posts, and swapping numbers with the friends you made on the trip before one final dinner together.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 10: Fly Home

    Goodbye, friends!
    Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Simple, flexible booking

Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 230 authentic traveler reviews
  • More time than life.

      Anonymous, traveled Aug. 2021

    This was my first trip with EF Ultimate Break and I may have had the best time of my life. EF eliminated the stress of planning and finding things to do. Better yet, there was no negotiation with companions on wether we wanted to do something or not. Everything was cared for and all we needed to do was to sit back and enjoyed. Our tour director, Roberto, was... See more

  • Beautiful Belize!

      Taylor, traveled Jul. 2021

    This was one of the best trips ever. it was my first trip I have ever taken with EF and my very first time traveling out of the country. I was not disappointed at all! Our tour director Keith was amazing!! I recommend giving all of the Belize tours to him. He was very knowledgeable about the country, and different spots we visited. My absolute favorite part ... See more

  • Belize me!!

      Savannah, traveled Oct. 2021

    Heading into this trip I was nervous and worried, leaving this trip I was heartbroken to leave but took with me amazing memories. Everything was absolutely amazing. The food was delicious, the activities were a blast, the TD Keith was THE BEST, and I met incredible friends! Unbelizable trip!!

  • First trip back!

      Kaitlyn, traveled Oct. 2021

    This was an overall amazing trip! From seeing Mayan ruins, to going snorkeling, to eating authentic Belizean food, to swimming in the ocean. This was my sisters first trip out of the country and we definitely made it a trip to remember! Our tour director, Keith, was amazing. Anything we needed, he made himself available… any questions we had, he knew and ans... See more

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