Belize Adventure Highlights
This example itinerary takes in our favourite parts of Belize and offers a fantastic combination of jungle and beach with a dose of ancient ruins thrown in courtesy of a quick jaunt over the border to Tikal in Guatemala. We have included lots of activities so teenagers will be kept busy but we can of course slow the itinerary down and remove some of the adrenalin-fueled options so that this is suitable for younger families.
Dawn canoe in the jungle
Nocturnal safari to find crocodile
Climb the temple ruins at Tikal
Venture deep into ATM cave
Snorkel in Shark Alley
Relax on idyllic Caribbean beaches
15 days from £1,875 pp
Plus international flights from £550
A 2-week self-drive holiday in Belize for a family of four usually costs a minimum of £7,500 based on mid-range jungle lodges and beach hotels, excluding international flights
Belize is not one of Central America’s cheaper destinations. Prices do vary significantly depending on the season but are generally highest over Christmas and Easter whereas there are quite significant savings to be had if travelling during July and August. The exact cost will also depend on how many of you there are and whether the children will share a room with your or will have their own room.
One other major factor in determining the price in Belize is whether you choose to self-drive or be escorted by an English speaking driver-guide. (Note that if you are combining Belize with Guatemala, we do not offer self-drive holidays in Guatemala).
As a guideline, the price for a two-week holiday for a family of four in Belize will start from £7,500 (excluding your international flights). This is based on a self-drive programme in comfortable mid-range jungle lodges and beach hotels but most activities are not included (as these need to be arranged and paid for locally). This is for travel during July and August.
If you choose to be escorted by a private chauffeur guide throughout, the price for a two week holiday for a family of four will start from £10,000 (travelling in July and August). This includes most activities and some meals but excludes international flights.
If travelling at Christmas or Easter, the price for a two week tour for a family of four will start from £8,500 for a self-drive tour and £11,500 for a chauffeur-escorted tour.
There are also some fabulous boutique hotels in Belize, both inland in the jungle and also on the beach. If you would like to use these hotels, the price for a two week holiday for a family of four will start from £10,500 for a self-drive tour and £14,000 based on private chauffeur-driven transport.
All prices exclude international flights. There are no direct flights to Belize so most people transit in the US. Prices start from around £550. We can organise flights for you from any airport so please contact us for a no-obligation quote.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays. We will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children and can accommodate everyone!
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Belize Adventure Highlights day-to-day itinerary
Arrive into Belize City. After you have passed through customs you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. This entails a drive of around an hour followed by a 90 minute boat ride deep into the jungle. Once you arrive at the lodge you will really feel like you have arrived in Central America, surrounded by steamy jungle rivers, wilderness and wildlife.
Day 2 Lamanai
This morning rise early as dawn breaks and the mist rises through the canopy and explore the jungle as it awakens. In the company of a naturalist guide you’ll learn about the intricacies of a habitat that is home to creatures as diverse as the jaguar, the impressive Black Howler monkey, the jaguarundi and the vividly-colored Keel-Billed toucan.
Later you will visit the Lamanai Maya Ruins and explore the mysterious jungle-shrouded temples of this once powerful 3,000 year old civilization.
Day 3 Lamanai
This morning you will again rise early and strike out across the lagoon in a canoe to explore Dawson’s Creek and its surrounding tributaries. Keep an eye out for manatee, otter, crocodile and endemic parrots to name but a few.
In the afternoon follow the ‘Maya Medicine Trail’ and walk through the jungle with a guide to learn about the local remedies that have been used for centuries by Belize’s indigenous population.
This evening perhaps take a sunset cocktail cruise or climb aboard a custom built river safari boat and head out into the night on a nocturnal safari with the opportunity to encounter anything from the Morelet’s crocodile to the elusive and endangered jaguar.
Day 4 Lamanai – Peten
After a free morning at your lodge take a short flight to Flores (in Guatemala) and transfer to Peten. This is in the heart of one of the least populated parts of Guatemala and home to lush rainforests and ancient Mayan cities.
Day 5 Tikal
Today you have a guided tour of Tikal National Park, where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. As you explore the site you will surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest, with howler monkeys jumping through the forest canopy and many brightly coloured birds flitting from temple to tree and back. Your guide will take you to the most impressive parts of this ancient city, including the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar, the Temple of the Masks and the Acropolis. The ruins date back more than 1,000 years and the children will be spellbound by stories of human sacrifice and ancient gods.
Read More Day 6 Tikal – Yaxha – San Ignacio From here continue to the Mayan ceremonial site of Yaxha set in a beautiful location on a hill overlooking two scenic lakes. The children will enjoy climbing up Temple 216 for a magnificent panorama over the surrounding landscape. In the late afternoon cross back into Belize and continue to your lodge, nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River near San Ignacio. Day 7 San Ignacio – Actun Tunichil Muknal Day 8 San Ignacio Day 9 San Ignacio – Placencia Placencia Village draws the majority of the peninsula’s visitors and is a relaxed, somewhat ramshackle spot with dive shops, restaurants, bars, and a colorful mix of expat and Creole locals. Just off Placencia’s shores, you’ll find diving, snorkeling, and sailing and you can also explore nearby mangroves and deserted cayes by kayak. Day 10 Placencia Day 11 Placencia Day 12 Placencia – Caye Caulker Just eight kilometers from end to end, Caye Caulker is an idyllic island with weathered clapboard houses, makeshift souvenir stands, small art galleries, and a ‘shoes optional’ policy. Streets are sandy and car-free (the locals get around by bike, golf cart, or on foot), and simple local eateries offer home-cooked lunches of spiny lobster, conch, and red snapper. The island sits on the Belize Barrier Reef and offers exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving. Days 13-14 Caye Caulker Day 15 Caye Caulker
After breakfast set off for Yaxha National Park, taking a short boat ride on Lake Yaxha to the small island site of Topoxte. This is thought to be the last inhabited Mayan site in Guatemala and the densly shrouded temples and structures give the feel of traveling back in time.
A fantastic day as you take the newest cave-adventure tour in Belize, deep into Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. This starts with a 45 minute jungle hike into the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, crossing streams and then swimming a short section of river to enter the cave itself. From here hike across a maze of rocks and then follow a tunnel with waist deep water as you head deeper into the cave system. After half an hour or so you will reach the main chamber of the cave, home to a Mayan burial chamber with calcified remains, (including the remains of a Maya Princess laid to rest centuries ago), ceremonial vessels, and numerous artifacts used by the Maya in their ritual ceremonies.
Take a tubing excursion on the Macal River, enjoying the beauty of the region as you gently drift down the river through the rainforest. Along the way you will float through cascades and deep pools and the last section, near the lodge, has some rapids which will take all your effort to stay in the tube!
After breakfast transfer to Placencia, a slender, 25-kilometer long peninsula that runs parallel to the Belizean mainland. Home to some of the country’s most spectacular beaches, this long ribbon of land is flanked to the west by a lagoon and views of the distant Maya Mountains and to the east by mangroves and the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
A full day snorkelling off the coast of Placencia. You will first be equipped with snorkelling gear before taking a boat ride to a small caye surrounded by Belize’s world famous coral reef. When you arrive you will be able snorkel straight from the caye, immediately finding yourselves in waters that are full of brightly coloured fish and iridescent coral. You will have a barbeque on the beach before continuing to a second snorkelling spot for the afternoon.
Take a boat ride in the beautiful Placencia lagoon, passing through the lush mangrove to search for manatee and other wildlife. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the beach.
Take a short flight to Belize airport and transfer to your hotel on Caye Caulker where the rest of the day is free.
Two full days to relax or take a snorkelling or diving excursion off the coast.
Transfer to Belize Airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Tikal – Yaxha – San Ignacio
From here continue to the Mayan ceremonial site of Yaxha set in a beautiful location on a hill overlooking two scenic lakes. The children will enjoy climbing up Temple 216 for a magnificent panorama over the surrounding landscape.
In the late afternoon cross back into Belize and continue to your lodge, nestled in the dense rainforest above the Macal River near San Ignacio.
Day 7 San Ignacio – Actun Tunichil Muknal
Day 8 San Ignacio
Day 9 San Ignacio – Placencia
Placencia Village draws the majority of the peninsula’s visitors and is a relaxed, somewhat ramshackle spot with dive shops, restaurants, bars, and a colorful mix of expat and Creole locals. Just off Placencia’s shores, you’ll find diving, snorkeling, and sailing and you can also explore nearby mangroves and deserted cayes by kayak.
Day 10 Placencia
Day 11 Placencia
Day 12 Placencia – Caye Caulker
Just eight kilometers from end to end, Caye Caulker is an idyllic island with weathered clapboard houses, makeshift souvenir stands, small art galleries, and a ‘shoes optional’ policy. Streets are sandy and car-free (the locals get around by bike, golf cart, or on foot), and simple local eateries offer home-cooked lunches of spiny lobster, conch, and red snapper. The island sits on the Belize Barrier Reef and offers exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving.
Days 13-14 Caye Caulker
Day 15 Caye Caulker
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Belize in pictures
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