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Belize Soft Adventure Trip – 11 day
Whether you have been to Belize or not we’re sure you will love this fantastic soft outdoor Adventure. Our ‘Complete Belize Adventure’ has been such a success that people want to return a 2nd time so we introduced this new adventure a couple years ago. It also has a great combination of outdoor activities and we’ll visit a variety of locations. Even if you’ve been to Belize before we will guess that you have not visited some of these places.
(Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary)
Arrival day: Meet Belize Airport, Transfer to guest house near Baboon Sanctuary or Crooked tree. (Feb 20, 2019). Note: West Jet Now offers a direct Toronto to Belize flight on Wednesdays so you may want to consider this one or both ways.
Day 2: Boat trip to visit Laminai Maya Ruins. The spectacular Laminai Ruins have the longest known occupation in Mayan Belize dating back to 900BC. 3000 years later at the time of Spanish contact the site was still occupied and vibrant. The Spanish occupied Laminai for 100yrs after which the Maya rebelled and took their historic town back. This is a great way to start any Belize adventure. Transfer to evening accommodations.
Day 3: Caves Branch River. Full day Paddle in the spectacular caves system. We’ll travel by canoe through the stunning river cave system of Blue Creek and the Caves Branch River. This will be one of the highlights of the trip. We’ll travel in and out of the stunning blue creek and caves branch river caves for 12 miles going in and out of the caves a half dozen times. Evening at local hotel.
Days 4-7: Swasey River Paddling Trip
On this portion of the adventure we will travel into the southwestern frontier of the Cockscomb Basin and onto the amazing Swasey River (with it’s famous Scarlett MaCaw’s). We begin with a 2hr ride from the coastal village of Placencia to our Maya Mopan starting spot on the Georgetown Rd. Once in Maya Mopan we will load our equipment onto to either ATV or Horses depending on the condition of the trail. This place was once used by loggers several decades ago to Harvest the Mahogany trees, which were so very desired by the cabinet makers of Europe. In this pursuit little did the know they we going to be inadvertently making roads for future river paddling expeditions.
The walk to the river, though not long, is slow going and it will take us most of the afternoon traveling through spectacular Jungle terrain to reach the campsite. Ironically our first camp is called “sal se puede” (leave if you can), and indeed we do depart, spending the rest of the four days paddling beautiful gorges, gazing at amazing scenery, visiting Maya villages, viewing Scarlet McCaw’s and in general having a great deal of fun. We’ll camp out for the 3 nights of this paddling and hiking adventure. For the evening we will head to a local hotel for a well-deserved shower, bed and great dinner in town. (responsible for your own hotel nite 7 & dinner/breakfast)
Final 3 days:: Lime Key & Saphodilla Marine Reserve:
Day 8-11: Boat transfer to Lime Key and Saphodilla Marine Reserve in the South. Camping on Lime, Frank or Nicholas Caye for 3 nights. These Cayes are in the south of Punta Gorda. and have many neighboring Island we can visit, there is a nearby wreck, good snorkeling, swimming, paddling, and an Idylic Caye to camp and beach it on.
3 days of relaxed adventure of Snorkeling, Swimming, Beaching, and base camping on the outer reef .
Responsible for your own hotel & meals at trips end
We’ll return to Placencia and a local hotel for the final night and dinner of the trip.
Flights home Sat March 2, 2019 or on to other adventures:
Maya Ruins Tour + Day Caves River Paddle, 4 Day Swazy River Paddle. Accomodation at Maya Village, Camping on Swazy River + Lime Key, Food for tours and accommodations. Shuttles between activities. Local Guides.
What’s not included,
1) International Flights to and from Belize City, + flight from Placencia to Belize City at end ($120)
2) Cost of 1 mid trip night hotel & post trip nights hotel (Feb 26 & March 1) accom & meals.
3) Cost of 4 other meals
4) Tips to local guides
* Please note: It’s the nature of remote travel that uncontrollable factors like poor weather, pilot judgment, forest fires, and mechanical problems can affect our schedules and cause delays. We regret these situations but cannot accept responsibility for hotels, flight rebookings, and other costs you may incur.
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