Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins | EF Ultimate Break
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Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

10 Days  •  4 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore278
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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? Or trek inland to Guatemala to unearth the treasures of Mayan ruins at Tikal and Lamanai? 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.

What are the top highlights?

  • Explore the Maya ruins of Tikal 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
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Entrances to Tikal National Park, Altun Ha & other select attractions


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.


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.


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.
  • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director in Belize City.

In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Dinner. Enjoy a hearty meal with fellow travelers, then get some shut-eye before an early start the next morning!

Day 2: Explore the Altun Ha Ruins

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 appetizers, drinks and some relaxation after a full day of playing archaeologist.

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 salbutes (sort of like tacos), fry jacks (sort of like fried dough), and learn about how Mayan cuisine (sort of amazing) 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 Guatemala.
  • Arrive in San Ignacio and chill out at the edge of the jungle.

Day 5: Explore the Mayan Ruins of Guatemala

Welcome to the jungle! Tikal, Guatemala once rivaled Ancient Rome in size and splendor. Today you’ll explore its impressive Maya temples, ball courts and the many excavated buildings that housed over 100,000 people.

Today's Highlights:

  • Wake up to the sounds of the jungle in San Ignacio.
  • Collect another passport stamp as you enter Guatemala.
  • Join a local guide for an in-depth tour of Tikal’s six magnificent ancient pyramids.
  • Fuel back up with an included lunch—much needed after climbing the 221 feet to the top of Temple IV.

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)

Take a private boat out to the Turneffe Atoll, part of the Belize Coral Reef (and former hangout for Blackbeard the pirate!), for a day of snorkeling and chilling with dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees.

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.

Today's Highlights:

  • Make a pit stop in the vibrant seaside town of Dangriga en route to Belize City.

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.


1. Double the fun
Many of our trips line up back to back. Give us a call and we’ll help you add another destination—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 a $30 fee. We’ll adjust your flights accordingly, but you’ll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside the tour.

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

278 Reviews
Avg. rating: //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore (4.7)
  • Best First Trip with EF!

    //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore   Anonymous

    Traveled Jul 2018

    Best trip I have ever taken! Between the adventurous trips to the Ruins and snorkeling in the second largest coral reef in the world, there's something for everyone. I love how it is not overrun with tourists like many other Central American countries. With EF, you do not only take a vacation, but also get immersed in the culture of the country. Don't forget... See more

  • An unbelizable experience #treatyourself

    //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore   Anonymous

    Traveled Jul 2018

    This is the best decision I have ever made for myself, coming by myself at first was very nerv rackin definitely did not know what to expect. Once I got here everything seem to go as smooth and planned. Randy is the best ! He organized all 29 of us that came on this trip smoothly. Wouldint have asked for a better tour guy. Belize is a beautiful place to come... See more

  • Un-BELIZE-able

    //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore   Briahna

    Traveled Mar 2020

    This was my first trip with EF and the first time I've ever travelled out of the country. I met some amazing people who I still keep in contact with till this day. On top of that, Keith was honestly the best tour director! He made sure we all experienced as much as we could at each destination and always checked on everyone to make sure we were safe. The on... See more

  • 3 Cheers for Ken!

    //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore   Richelle

    Traveled Feb 2020

    This was my second trip with EF, the first being almost 5 years ago so I didn't know what to expect. It was everything I thought it would be a more - KEN!! was the best tour director, he made sure we experienced as much a we could in each destination and worked above and beyond to make sure everyone was safe and having fun. I met some amazing people, and can... See more

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