Day 1, June 11. We fly to Belize International Airport and then fly to Placencia. Flying just above the groves and landing on the “airstrip” we will travel along the dirt road to our hotel. Placencia is one of the oldest city in Belize  with the ancient Mayans inhabiting the area, then British buccaneers followed by the Spanish and English which leads to interesting mix of Mestizos, Garifuna and Creole culture.  

Accommodations: Paradise Hotel

Day 2, June 12.  Camping at Rico’s Caye (caye is pronounced “key” which means little island or Cayo in Spanish).  We will head out to the caye and go camping for a night.  On the island we will go snorkeling, hang out and meet the really cool Creole staff and go fishing using traditional methods. 

Accommodations: Camping

Day 3, June 13. We will continue the adventure at the Caye and then return back to Palencia, snorkeling near the mangroves. At night after dinner, we will hear local music in the village.

Accommodations: Paradise Hotel

Day 4, June 14. Transfer to the interior and the jungle for cave day including spearfishing in the caves making a shelter with machetes and camping in jungle.

Accommodations: Camping

Day 5, June 15. Take down camp and then transfer to our cabanas.

Accommodations: Jaguar Creek cabanas

Day 6, June 16.Transfer to St. Margaret’s School, Cayo District – meet and greet at the school with an excursion to the 575 acre Blue Hole National Park in the afternoon. The Blue Hole is a 25 foot sinkhole with beautiful sapphire-blue water and has caves that are a great place to go tubing.

Accommodations: Jaguar Creek cabanas

Day 7, June 17.  We will go to nearby Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Resort.  Ian is a Canadian who started exploring the caves and the area in the early 1990’s and like is so much he needed to share with other travelers.  While at Cave’s Branch you will be staying at a remote jungle ecotourism-oriented lodge where you will hear and see howler monkeys, amazing birds (parrots & toucans, among the many species).  Bird hikes and jungle walks are available at the lodge and each day you can go on an adventure (total of two).  Adventures range from easy to difficult and include caving, hikes, kayaking, and visiting Mayan Ruins.  You will learn about the history of the region, ecology and sustainable ecotourism.

Accommodations: Jaguar Creek cabanas

Day 8, June 18. Visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Accommodations: Banana Bank

Day 9, June 19: Horseback riding and relaxing by the pool. Also, weather permitting the Banana Bank owners have a telescope that is strong enough to see Saturn! They also have a jaguar on the premises who was born too small to survive in the wild.

Accommodations: Banana Bank

Day 10, June 20. Transfer to Belize City and flight.