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 your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Transfer to San Ignacio by private vehicle.
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, 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. The hike to/from the cave mouth and the tour itself is now a shared tour with private, round-trip transportation from hotel to ATM entrance area only.
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.
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.
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 grow 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.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver to/from Airport/Turtle Inn.
Enjoy your flight to Punta Gorda - (08:40-09:00)
A shared airport transfer is included for your stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob More ,
April 21, 2014
"Every detail was taken care of, and all connections were on time. We were extremely pleased, couldn't stop telling everyone about our great trip. Each room / hotel was better than the last. Wow great holiday!"
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica.
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Brian Blades ,
April 24, 2013
"Very prompt at getting information back to us and very helpful with any changes we wanted.
This trip was as good as the last trip we did with Kensington, could'nt have been any better. Our guides were excellent, especially Gerald.
Stephen Strom ,
April 22, 2013
"The transfers went flawlessly; the guides were all superb (knowledgable; thoughtful; sensitive; responsive to our needs). The recommended hotels were, with one exception (see below), also first rate and well matched to our needs and temperaments.
Our thanks for providing 3 wonderful guides: Gary Ortiz (Antigua); Carlos Antonio Lopez (Tikal and Yaxha); and Israel Canto (Belize). All of them understood that we have ‘peculiar’ tastes (for example: photographing lichen covered tree trunks while the magnificent structures at Tikal were but meters away!). It is really critical that guides not try to make sure that we see every ‘important’ thing, but recognize instead that ‘importance’ is very much a personal thing.
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