Stan Creek & South Coast
Muster the courage to take your first steps into the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher and feel the heavy weight of atmosphere descend as you learn about the ancient Mayan human sacrifices that took place where you stand.
It’s a haunting experience that brings the Mayan reality jolting into life, but you’ll also discover the uplifting side of this lost civilization as you explore its breathtaking rainforest ruins. At Caracol, you’ll encounter the wondrous Caana pyramid that rises 140 feet above the rainforest canopy and is capped by three impressive temples. Here, your private guide will piece together the myths and legends of this brilliant ancient civilization as you explore a select few of the 35,000 ruins. Elsewhere, swim in the pristine natural rainforest pools in Blue Hole National Park; snorkel the world’s second-largest barrier reef; meet the residents of the Jaguar Preserve near Placencia; and float peacefully downriver on a rainforest tubing adventure.
From the amazing stories of Mayan ingenuity to the secret medicinal properties of rainforest plants and efforts to save Belize’s endangered jaguar, there is so much to learn here. Your knowledgeable guides will take you on a physical and spiritual journey through the past, present and future of this incredible country, as you enjoy the comfort of a collection of beachside cabanas, self-contained sanctuaries, and luxurious eco-resorts nestled in dense rainforest.
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Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Transfer to the Cayo District by private vehicle.
Black Rock Lodge is a unique eco-lodge nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River in the Mayan Mountains of Belize, 2.5 hours west of Belize City, south of San Ignacio. The Lodge’s 13 cabins boast stunning views of Black Rock Canyon, the Macal River, and the surrounding rainforest and wildlife. An inviting hammock is provided to enjoy the spectacular surroundings in total relaxation. The cabins are airy one-room structures built to take advantage of the fresh mountain breezes. Fully screened windows and high pitched roof lines create a bright and refreshing rainforest home for our guests. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms and closet areas. Simply decorated, the cabins display artwork created by local artisans and craftspeople. Black Rock Lodge's passionate commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable operation is evident in every aspect of your stay.
Your adventure will begin when you are picked up at your hotel by your private guide and driver. Actun Tunichil Muknal "Cave of the Stone Sepulcher" is one of the most impressive caves in the Maya Lowland. Located in the heart of the Belizean Rainforest, this cave was a sacred place to the prehistoric Mayan of Belize, who first began to use the entrance during the early Classical period (300-600AD). The cave system consists of a series of chambers, ending in a 300x50m cathedral where sacrificial ceremonies once took place. When you enter the cave with your private guide, you will have the opportunity to travel into the Maya past and witness a living museum where the human sacrifices and artifacts can be viewed in their original context. After an exciting drive to the trailhead, guests will trek for 45 minutes through dense jungle in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and wade across three streams, and learn about the plants and animals of the jungle. At the entrance of the Cave you will be outfitted with the necessary equipment preparing you for the Caving Adventure ahead. Some swimming will be required as well also climbing and caving activity. This is a first class caving and archaeological experience.
Your tour will begin when you are picked up in your private vehicle by your personal guide and driver. You will transfer to Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve which is a 106,000 acre protected national park. In the 1950's, 60's and 70's, many Belizeans were employed as timber cutters in this area and on the tour you will see that history. Later you will visit Chiquibul Forest Reserve. About a 1 hour drive from Pine Ridge you will arrive at the beautiful Maya site of Caracol (which means the Snail), named by archaeologists because they found numerous snails on site. The original name is Oxwitza which means the sky place. Caracol is the largest archaeological site in Belize, covering 30 square miles in thick, high canopy jungle, and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings that have been identified. Among them is a massive pyramid (Caana) capped by three temples and rises over 140ft above the jungle floor. When the tour is complete you will return to your hotel. Tour includes a private guided tour of the site with entrances and picnic lunch. You can choose to stop and explore the Rio-on Pools and Rio Frio Caves before returning to your hotel if they wish.
Meet your driver for a transfer to Placencia. Whilst transferring approximately 3 hours to Placencia along the scenic hummingbird highway, guests stop off on the way to stretch their legs and go hiking at the inland Blue Hole National Park. They´ll also visit some refreshing natural pools where guests may swim if they like. After time for a tour and bird watching guests have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to the their final destination.
Singing Sands Inn provides a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. The property has recently been completely renovated, including the six thatched roof cabanas, with new flooring made from local hardwoods, custom designed louvered screen doors and windows, remodeled bathrooms and showers, along with custom furniture built locally. The rooms are beautifully illuminated & simply decorated. Local artwork, hand-woven Guatemalan bed covers and hand painted Mexican tiles adorn each cabana. The world's second largest barrier reef will be your front yard.
Transfer from the hotel to the Cockscomb Nature Reserve where you begin with a nature hike looking for wildlife, discovering medicinal plants and learning about the park’s history and efforts to save the jaguar. After a picnic lunch enjoy a refreshing tube-float downriver, enjoying the rainforest from a different perspective. Combine a visit to the Jaguar Preserve with a stop at the fascinating Maya Museum where you will learn about ancient and contemporary Maya culture. Your Maya hosts will show you how to make corn tortillas and how they gro w shade coffee and cacao. Your trip to the Maya Museum at the entrance to the Jaguar Preserve can also be combined with a night walk in the Jaguar Preserve.
An airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver is included.
Transfer from the lodge to the airport in Punta Gorda for your flight to Belize Airport.
Nestled in the verdant hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize, Belcampo Lodge Belize is a self-contained sanctuary from the everyday world. The main lodge is the communal heart of the resort, with dining and lounge areas, concierge and lobby, a well-appointed gift shop, and observation decks open to stunning vistas of the coast, Maya Mountains and seemingly endless pristine rainforest. Accommodations consist of 12 individual, privately sited suites with comfortable sleeping and relaxing spaces, screened fresh-air verandas, and luxurious spa-style baths.
A sheltered garden path connects the main lodge to the beautifully designed spa, with a stunning pool and sundeck just outside. Beyond the pool lies a sweeping lawn where guests gather for high tea, as well as a communal fire pit – the ideal location for evening relaxation and socializing. Our 400’ private tram stands ready to whisk you down to the lodge’s riverside deck, wherey our waterfront dining area and Maya bar await. From here, you may also embark on tranquil cruises on the jungle reaches of the Rio Grande, with the Caribbean only minutes away.
While at the lodge there are a number of activities you can participate in; birding & wildlife, fishing, food & farms, jungle hiking, cultural immersion, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving and more!
Your snorkeling and reef tour takes guests to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, to see a variety of aquatic species including sea fans, coral, colorful tropical fish, seahorses, rays, eels and turtles. This tour will take about 6-7 hours. Bring along: sunscreen, bug spray, long light clothing, bathing suit, and snorkeling gears.
A direct flight from Punta Gorda will take you to the Belize City International Airport.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Belize for the most up to date visa information.
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