On arrival at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (Belize City) clear customs and immigration and you will be met and transferred to the Cayo District and Chaa Creek.
With its warm weather and its coastal sea breezes, Belize is the perfect destination for water activities such as diving, snorkeling and fishing, and land excursions such as cave tours and archeological sites. From the moment you arrive, the Belizean people make you feel as welcome and comfortable like nowhere else. Belize culture and a interesting mix of eight diverse cultures made up of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese.
Guided Xunantunich Ruins Tour
After breakfast meet your guide and transfer to Xunantunich Archaeological Site. Enjoy a guided tour through the site visiting the most important monuments. Xunantunich was a Mayan Ceremonial Center in the Late Classic Period and during its peak, this site sheltered over 200,00 people. The structure called El Castillo rises 130 feet above the plaza level making it one of the tallest buildings in Belize and offering an impressive panoramic view over the Mopan River valley. Xunantunich is also home to a large stucco frieze and a mask with larger ears next to a moon sign with a border of signs representing Venus.
After lunch in San Ignacio at a local restaurant (on your own account), you will be transferred back to Chaa Creek to relax by the pool or enjoy the on-site activities. Overnight at Chaa Creek.
Cave Tubing and Zipline Tour
After breakfast you will be transferred to Jaguar Paw for an exciting day of adventure activities including cave tubing and ziplining. Jaguar Paw is located in the Western part of Belize along the Cave’s Branch River and was the first place in the country to offer cave tubing. Hop into an inner tube and float into the mouth of a mysterious limestone cave for an unforgettable experience, head lamps are a must! Later, fly through the trees of the Mountain Pine Ridge area on a network of zipline cables. As you speed through the air, keep your eyes out for birds and wildlife around you! After the tour, you will be transferred back to Chaa Creek for overnight.
Canoe, Hiking or Butterfly Tour
Part of the magic of Chaa Creek is its variety of on-site activities. Spend the day exploring the Blue Morpho Butterfly Exhibit (kids will love to watch these massive bright blue creatures land delicately on their bodies), canoe the Macal River, visit the Woodshop, explore the Maya organic farm or the Natural History Center or simply enjoy the infinity pool and gardens.
After breakfast, depart Chaa Creek for a road transfer along the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains to the narrow wedge of land along the Caribbean known as the Placencia Peninsula. Home to some of Belize’s most beautiful white sand beaches and some of the best creole cuisine, Placencia is also a hub for water and land activities. On arrival in Placencia, transfer by boat to Hatchet Caye, a private island resort with just 12 cabanas, a bar and grill and dive shop. With nearly a mile of coastline and a limited number of guests, Hatchet Caye is one of Belize’s most exclusive island experiences.
Days at leisure swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. Hatchet Caye offers on-site paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boats, Hobie Cats (with complimentary lessons!), snorkeling gear, plus a volleyball court and soccer field, a swimming pool, dive shop and spa (spa services and diving available at an additional cost). This private island is yours to explore and enjoy! Make the most of the activities or simply sit and relax on the beach – the choice is yours, making Hatchet Caye the perfect tropical family vacation spot.
Sadly on day 9 the adventure comes to an end. After breakfast and your last sunrise in paradise, a boat will transfer you to Placencia for your local flight to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport for onward flight home.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.