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Family Belize Wildlife Adventure

Belize - Trip code FBZ Family
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629Kg of CO²e
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Days 14
Low Deposit US$23
Price from US$3920
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Belize is one of the world's leading ecotourism destinations, with swathes of untouched rainforest, prolific wildlife, mangrove coasts, and one of the most extensive coral reef in the western hemisphere, second only in size and grandeur to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Add to that ancient monuments (over 900 ancient Mayan ruins are located in the country) and fantastic beaches and you have an ideal family adventure destination.

  • Wildlife - Opportunities to see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, parrots, crocodiles and much more in the tropical forests Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Mayan sites - Journey by boat through the deep jungle to the ancient temples of Xunantunich and Lamanai
  • Tropical islands - Experience laid back Caribbean island life on two tropical islands, be as active as you want.
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 10

    Lunch: 5

    Dinner: 6

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Boat Crew

    Driver(s)

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Boat

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    Accommodation

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Trip information

Climate and country information

Belize

Climate

Sub-tropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean. Summer highs are rarely above 35°C, winter lows rarely below 15°C. Annual rainfall ranges from 107cm in the north to 364cm in the south and humidity can be high at any time of year. The rainy season extends from June through October with a short dry period in August, but some rain can be expected throughout the year.

Time difference to GMT

-6

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

Christian

Language

English

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family.

San Ignacio (day 6): Cahal Pech archaeological site - $5USD
San Ignacio (day 6): Non escorted/non guided; full day trip to Belize Botanical Gardens - $60 USD
San Ignacio (day 6): Visit the botanical gardens, lunch included, and paddle on the River Macal; Iguana breeding programme - $ tbc USD
San Ignacio (day 6): Full day trip to Tikal inc. transport, entry, guide and lunch - $145 USD (based in min. 3 persons)

Tobacco Caye (days 7,8): Fishing trips - $30 USD per hour per person (minimum 3 persons)
Tobacco Caye (days 7,8): Boat trip in search of Manatee's in the mangrove lagoon, including time to snorkel off Carrie Bow Field Station - $40 USD per person
Tobacco Caye (days 7,8): Canoeing and kayaking - free of charge (3 kayaks are available, its possible to hire more locally for $15 USD per kayak per hour)
Tobacco Caye (days 7,8): Snorkel gear - free of charge

Caye Caulker (day 12): Caye Caulker Marine reserve snorkel Trip - $40 USD per person
Caye Caulker (day 13): Boat trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and snorkel trip - $70 USD per person
Caye Caulker (day 13): Boat trip to North Island Reserve $35 Adult $17.5 (under 15 yrs)

Clothing

Bring lightweight, informal clothing suitable for jungle activities. A jumper or fleece is advisable for cool evenings and you'll need a good lightweight waterproof jacket all year round or a poncho or small umbrella. Long sleeved shirtsnorkel shirt and long trousers give protection against thick forest growth and insects on jungle walks. A swimming costume and sun hat are essential.

Footwear

Lightweight trail boots are preferable for jungle paths, and you'll want to bring sandals. Bring shoes you don't mind getting wet for exploring caves and wet beach landings.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of luggage and a daysack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage so don't overload yourself.

Equipment

Insect repellent, a torch, water bottle, and suncream. Binoculars are essential for bird and animal watching.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Accordingly, you should allow US$ 40, approx. 80 Belizean dollars per family member for group tipping

For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.

Belize

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£13
Dinner price
£20
Beer price
£1.5
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Belize Dollar (BZD)
Recommended Currency For Exchange
You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at the airport. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureau de Change. The exchange rate with the BZD is approximately BZD 2.50 to the British Pound. US dollars are widely accepted. Please check on line for up to date information.
Where To Exchange
Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATMs can be found in the major towns and cities for cash withdrawals in BZD. Always have some cash back up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit card are widely accepted in many shops and restaurants but some may be subject to a service charge
Travellers Cheques
We do not recommend Travellers cheques.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat

Accommodation notes


The first night is based in Belize City, which we use as a gateway meeting point. Our hotel is located on the coast, the rooms are spacious and all have sea views. The hotel features a swimming pool and a choice of two restaurants.
Our first few days' accommodation in Belize is located on the shores of the Crooked Tree Lagoon in one of the oldest European settlements in Belize. This area is rich in wildlife and especially birds. All of the rooms are ensuite and have air conditioning and fans with included meals served at the lodge.

We then head to the Cassia Hill Resort situated ten minutes from the lively town of San Ignacio. The resort features a number of individually well-appointed bungalows each containing a combination of 1 double and 1 single bed with en suite bathrooms. All units are fully air conditioned and have ceiling fans, flat screen TV's and hammocks on the balcony with fine views of the lush rolling hills of the Maya Mountains and San Ignacio. The hotel is set in manicured tropical gardens with a swimming pool, outdoor bar and dining area.

Days 7 and 8 are on the tropical island of Tobacco Caye where we stay in a beach hut located right next to the Caribbean Sea which is just a few feet away from your room! Rooms offer views of the great barrier reef and Caribbean sea and contain a private bathroom, electric fan and a deck with chairs and a hammock. The hotel offers a beach volleyball court and free use of kayaks, paddle boards a pedal boat and snorkel gear. There is wi-fi in the main reception area.

Our most basic and adventurous accommodation is in the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve on Days 9 and 10 which is a protected area that is thought to have one of the densest populations of cat species in the America's. Our accommodation is in bunk houses deep within the forest at the parks head-quarters. The lodge has a number of rooms which have three bunk beds per room with shared facilities. While in the jungle, local Mayan ladies cook delicious meals in the kitchen while we explore the forest, rivers and waterfalls.

We then drive back to Belize City, using the local water taxi, to the Coral Caye Island of Caye Caulker. This charming island is 32 miles north east of Belize City and just a mile away from the breaking waves on the world's second longest barrier reef. Our hotel for three nights is set in a quiet location with a private beach and complete with hammocks, sun loungers, a thatched shade area, beach volley ball and a basketball court. A pier leads to deeper water which is ideal for cooling off or perhaps fishing. All rooms have fridges and microwaves, ensuite facilities, air conditioning and fans, balconies and outside seating. A perfect location for the end of the tour and to relax at the beach or take snorkelling excursions before returning by water tax to Belize City.

Family swimming

The hotels in San Ignacio and Belize City have pools and there is snorkelling by the barrier reef

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information


Belize: Visas are not required for UK, New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian citizens. Guatemala: Visas are not required for UK, New Zealand, Australian, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding.

You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover.

If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel.

Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit)

For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html

Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

Belize

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, TB, infectious hepatitis and polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Family information
Caye Caulker
Beach time: A highlight of our Family Belize Adventure are the four nights we spend on two tropical islands along the way. Our first island is Tobacco Caye, a picture postcard island located just 12 miles from the coast. We stay at Joe Jo's By The Reef in cabins right on the beach, a truly fantastic property which gets great reviews and has an ideal location to explore the island. Our second island stop at the end of the trip is Caye Caulker known for its fine beaches, laid back atmosphere, good snorkelling and diverse birdlife. A perfect spot to spend quality family time together and kick back and relax before your flight home.

Triple Rooms: This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on a selected number of night stops within the holiday. If you would like this option, a discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip - please ask our Sales team for further information.

Average Age: As a guide we have identified the actual average age of the children who have travelled on this trip over the last 5 years, to help you decide whether it's the right one for your family. The average age on this trip is 13 years old.

Minimum age: This trip is suitable for children of all ages from 7 upwards.
Additional Information

Why book this trip

Belize is now one of the world's leading ecotourism destinations, offering swathes of untouched rainforest, mangrove coasts, and one of the most splendid coral reef in the western hemisphere, second only in size and grandeur to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Add to that ancient monuments (over 900 ancient Mayan ruins are located in the country) and fantastic beaches and you have an ideal family adventure destination.

Experience the historic and living culture of the Maya as we travel through jungles to discover ancient pyramids, visit local markets, stay on tropical islands and jungle lodges and appreciate its magnificent and well preserved natural history.

We include two tropical islands on this trip. On the Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker, we have the opportunity to relax and snorkel with a wide variety of marine life including stingrays and turtles on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. We also spend a night on Tobacco Caye, staying in delightful rustic beach front cabins where you can wake up to the sound of the ocean breaking, a perfect way to wrap up a memoriable family adventure.

Dates, prices and booking

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Sun 23 Jul 2023 - Sat 5 Aug 2023 Guaranteed departure
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  • ATOL protected
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Sun 6 Aug 2023 - Sat 19 Aug 2023 Guaranteed departure
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  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sun 13 Aug 2023 - Sat 26 Aug 2023 Guaranteed departure
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  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Tue 19 Dec 2023 - Mon 1 Jan 2024
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  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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