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Belize - Reef, Rainforest and Ruins (6/4/19 - 6/10/19)

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Tour Details:

Departure City: Atlanta
Duration: 7 Days
Overnights: Belize City 2, San Ignacio 2, Ambergris Caye 2

Cultural Connections:

Cayo District Canopy Tour
Snorkeling Exploration of Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Field Trips & Extensions:

Cayo District Canopy Tour
Snorkeling Exploration of Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will understand the symbiotic relationships of various inhabitants of a coral barrier reef, and also the threats to such reefs posed by global warming.
  • Students will learn about the central role the local market plays in San Ignacio.
  • Students will explore the extensive cave system in the Cayo District and learn of its geographical formation.


Jun 4, 2019 Belize City
Depart from the USA. Arrive in Belize City, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for an arrival briefing. (D)
Jun 5, 2019 Belize City
Today's excursion takes you on a boat ride down the New River, where wildlife and fauna abound. Arrive at a spectacular lagoon where the ruins of Lamanai, one of the largest Mayan sites in Belize, rise into view. Lamanai—Maya for submerged crocodile—provides a unique insight into the culture of the Maya and the biological diversity of a tropical forest. (B,L,D)
Jun 6, 2019 San Ignacio
The adventure continues as you drive toward San Ignacio. Stop for a canopy tour, where you'll get a bird's-eye perspective of life in the rainforest. Explore the river caves in the Cayo District and enjoy an opportunity to float on inflatable tubes along a subterranean river! (B,D)
Jun 7, 2019 San Ignacio
Today, travel on a full-day excursion to Xunantunich—Maya for Maiden of the Rock—for a guided visit. Approach the ancient city from across the Mopan River and journey to the city ruins. Be sure to take in the fantastic views of the Cayo District and Guatemala from atop the largest temple, El Castillo. Next stop is Barton Creek. Travel by canoe through these underground water caves as your spotlights illuminate an amazing array of Mayan pottery, stalactites, stalagmites and halactite formations. Return to San Ignacio tonight. (B,L,D)
Jun 8, 2019 Ambergris Caye
Visit the Belize Zoo for a unique chance to see the wild animals of Belize, including the elusive jaguar and ocelot. Journey to Burrell Boom and board a river boat for a cruise along the Olde Belize River. Travel to your resort hotel at Ambergris Caye. (B,D)
Jun 9, 2019 Ambergris Caye
This morning, discover the second largest barrier reef in the world! A snorkeling exploration tour at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley introduces you to a colorful new world in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Return to Ambergris Caye in the afternoon to soak up the sun on the pristine beaches. (B,L)
Jun 10, 2019 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,260
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,260
Total Group Fees 1:
1 Valid through 2/17/19 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $570
Ultimate Protection Plan: $210
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $175

Full Payment Deadline: 2/17/19

What to See


Go Tees, 6238 Park Avenue
In business for over 15 years, Go Tees is a one-of-a-kind t-shirt shop.  They specialize in hand-painted and screen printed designs, many which depict the Belizean countryside.  In addition, you'll also find carved wooden items, hammocks and other textiles in their shop.  This is definitely the place to pick up a unique souvenir.

The National Handicraft Center, 3 Fort Street
Opened by the Belizean Chamber of Commerce, this large shop allows local artisans to come together and sell their goods under one roof.  Many of the sellers feature black coral jewelry, carved mahogany bowls, slate carvings and even bottled herbs and vinegars.  The building is air-conditioned and right around the corner from the Radisson Hotel.

Image Factory Shop and Gallery, 91 N Front Street
Another shop created by the Belizean government is the Image Factory Shop.  In 1995, the Government Art and Culture Institute establish this shop as a non-profit organization to feature the best Belizean authors and poets.  In addition to their works, you'll also find the latest local magazines and also literary journals.

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Government House & House of Culture, Regent Street
Built in the early 1800s, this historic building was the offices and living quarters of the first colonial governors of Belize.  Now a center of art and culture, everything has been converted into a museum with rotating exhibits and events happening during the year.

Museum of Belize, Gaol Lane
Since the mid-1800s, this brick structure had been the city's prison facility.  But now the building has been transformed into a museum tracing the history of Belize back through the past 3,000 years.  Included in the displays are exhibits about Mayan history and pottery, and also a collection of 150 years of stamps.

The Maritime and Coastal Zone Museums, North Front Street
A city on the coast wouldn't be without museums dedicated to the sea.  Both museums are located in a former fire station and one ticket buys admission to both.  The Maritime Museum documents the seafaring history of Belize with model boats, paintings, archives and other artifacts.  The Coastal Zone Museum focuses on the ecology of the local coral reefs.

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Ambergris Caye
A small beautiful island off the coast of Belize, surrounded by a beautiful barrier reef.  It is easy to snorkel in these crystal clear waters, but the best experience is SCUBA diving.  There are many places along the coast where you can rent equipment and take lessons.

Altun Ha Maya Ruins, Maskall Village
The center of Mayan trade from 250 to 900 AD, the remains of Altun Ha have feature almost 500 unique buildings.  The Temple of the Sun God and the Temple of the Green Tomb are two of the most spectacular views.  In addition, the Jade Head, the largest jade sculpture ever found, was discovered at Altun Ha.  Take your time and explore by yourself, or join a group and follow a guide.  The site is only 30 miles from Belize City and covers an area of 5 square miles.

Spanish Lookout Caye
Just 10 miles east of Belize City sits this 187 acre mangrove island.  If you are interested in kayaking, snorkeling, or simply lounging on the beach, this is truly a wonderful location.  While diving you will have the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, sea horses and lobsters.

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Smokey Mermaid, 13 Cork Street
Located in The Great House, in the heart of Belize City, this restaurant has multiple dining areas, bars, and a great selection of food.

Jam-Bel Jerk Pit, 2 B King Street
If you're looking for something with flavor, this is the place to go. The Jam-Bel Jerk Pit serves Jamaican-Belizean dishes like jerk chicken and rice and beans; all loaded with hot sauce.  The atmosphere is totally casual, with a reggae themed environment.

King Street Café, 13 King Street
A great place for coffee in the mornings and hang out in the afternoons, this café serves Belizean expresso, ice creams, and inexpensive breakfasts.  The King Street Café is popular with locals and students alike. 

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Cayo District Canopy Tour
  • New River Boat Ride
  • Lamanai
  • Cayo District Cave Tubing
  • Xunantunich Ancient Mayan Archaeological Site with Guide
  • Barton Creek Cave
  • Belize Zoo
  • Olde Belize River Boat Ride
  • Snorkeling Exploration of Hol Chan Marine Reserve

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