On arrival at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to your lodge in the Cayo District. 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 archaeological 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.
Horseback Tour of Xunantunich
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Xunantunich Archaeological Site. Enjoy a guided horseback riding tour through the site, visiting the most important monuments. The tours starts at the nearby Hanna’s stables and finishes at the banks of the Mopan River. 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 a picnic lunch, transfer back to the lodge for time to take a dip in the pool or enjoy a massage (additional cost).
Maya Cooking Class
Today a hands-on cooking class held in a traditional kitchen on the lodge grounds. Discuss the techniques and flavors used by the Mayans and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The cuisine and culinary traditions of the Ancient Mayans was diverse and extensive. The Mayans were hunters, fishers and used their own gardens to grow their food supply. Their most traditional dishes use a variety of ingredients. Their largest crop production was maize (corn). Cacao, another principal crop, was used in a sacred drink and also as an exchange unit in its grain form. The Spanish colonization brought change to the region. They introduced not only a new religion and lifestyle, but also new flavors and ingredients. The Spaniards also introduced alcohol, resulting today that Guatemala produces one of the world’s finest rums. Afternoon at leisure.
Cave tubing and zipline tour
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Caves Branch Outpost for your cave tubing and zip line adventure. Caves Branch Outpost is the Adventure Capital of Belize located 37 miles on the western Highway, at the Nohoch Che’en National Park. At Caves Branch, you’ll be able to enjoy Cave Tubing, Zip-Ryder, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, and Rock Climbing & Rappelling. This is the perfect destination for adventure activities! Float along the lagoon illuminated by your headlamp into large underground chambers. You’ll be able to see impressive Mayan sanctuaries used for sacrificial rituals. After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to the hotel.
Placencia, Helicopter Transfer
After breakfast, a helicopter will transfer you to your beach resort in Placencia. Belize is one of the most beautiful countries to fly over with turquoise waters, white sand beaches and its extensive reef network and there’s no greater air adventure than a helicopter flight! Placencia Peninsula, a thin strip of land that skirts the Belizean barrier reef, is the perfect place to enjoy days filled with water sports adventures and white-sand beach relaxation.
Enjoy wonderful days at leisure relaxing by the beach. Turtle Inn offers complimentary on-site bicycles, paddleboards and kayaks for guests use. There is also a complimentary evening shuttle to and from Placencia village if you’d like to try a local restaurant or visit a bar for drinks. Additional adventures such as fishing, diving and sunset cruises are available at an additional cost.
Sadly on day 9 your honeymoon adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Placencia airstrip for your local flight to Belize International Airport and your 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.