Belize Journey – A Family Adventure
Dates: January 1- 8, 2018
Embark on a journey of discovery with your children. Come join Earth Lion Expeditions in the land of the Maya for a family adventure; Let your children experience the way of life of a small rural community with few amenities, where children run around barefoot playing soccer. Engage with the local community, learn first-hand about the folklore, ceremonial practices and archeology of the ancient Maya. Hike the jungle looking for howler monkeys, climb Mayan temples, tube through caves, which the Maya considered entrances to the underworld. Snorkel the 2nd largest barrier reef and have time to relax and recharge as a family.
Day 1, Jan 1: Flight from the US to Belize. Pick up and transfer via private charter bus and boat to Indian Church Village. Settle into your guest house room. Dinner. Night Spotlight safari.
Day 2: After a delicious local breakfast we have a private guided tour of the Maya ruins of Lamanai, optional stop at the sugar mill. Afternoon time to play with the kids and engage in the community. Night: Mayan Folklore.
Day 3: Optional sunrise on temple for adults (and older kids, have sitter for others), followed by bird and monkey observation. After breakfast learn about ancient Mayan cooking and farming. This activity is a hands on experience for the entire family. In the afternoon we have time to play at the lagoon, engage with the community in the school, playing soccer or have a workshop at the library. We also have the option to visit the community of San Carlos.
Day 4: Early transfer to Cave tubing at Jaguar Paw. Then check into your jungle cabana, have time to play by the river, canoe and relax in your hammock. Could also do a stop at Belize zoo if desired.
Day 5: We take our bus to the ferry terminal in Belize city and transfer via ferry to the charming island of Ambergis Caye, which Madonna called “La Isla Bonita.” We check into our condos and have time in the afternoon to relax by the pool.
Day 6: Private guided snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve followed by a lunch. Afternoon to relax by the pool and beach or explore the island via golf cart.
Day 7: Day to snorkel, kayak, dive (can pre book). Fare well dinner.
Day 8: Ferry back to Belize city to board or flight to Miami.
Total Cost: $1,345
$515 DEPOSIT per person
$871 Remaining fee per person
*Please note: If you pay with PayPal, you will be charged the extra 3%, making the total trip cost $1386. (Otherwise pay in check)
What’s included: Fully guided family adventure, all rooms, most meals (except for some self-cook on island), fully guided Maya ruins tour, night spotlight safari, cave tube, snorkel, 3 meals a day in community and jungle, private bus charter transfer, private boat transfer, water taxi to island, transfer from port to resort. Community fee (yes your trip will help give back to the children and residents of Indian Church Village).
Not included: Tips (optional), international flight and some meals on island as you can cook on your own). Health and travel insurance.
Level of Intensity:
Moderate physical activity
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Why Earth Lion Expeditions?
Earth Lion Expeditions is dedicated to eco-based travel that is exciting, innovative, and thoughtful. We minimize or offset our impact on the environment. Protecting nature through sustainable tourism and fostering conservation efforts is core to our long-term survival. We encourage the practice of blending in and immersion into both culture and nature. We expose our travelers to a variety of unique opportunities each destination has to offer. We understand that our trips may be once in a lifetime adventures and appreciate your desire for an unforgettable journey. As a company we are bound by nothing other than the limits of your enthusiasm to provide that experience.
How we travel:
There are always four classic elements to an Earth Lion Expedition: a unique living situation, expert guiding, remarkable eco-systems, and a truly amazing adventure. We carefully select the accommodations to blend in with the local culture and environment. Our guides are committed to sustainable exploration and are chosen for their expertise, charisma, and passion for what they do. The eco-systems we explore are hidden gems: a variety of national and regional preserves, natural phenomena, private conservancies, and uncharted paradise. The adventure is truly what you make of it.
Earth Lion’s emphasis is on people, the outdoors, and finding all the great local spots. Our travel is less about the stars in the hotel rating, but rather about the stars in the clear night sky. The stories are not being told between the covers of travel guides, but rather in the amazing narratives of the local people. We feel it is only when you decide to take the time to immerse yourself into the situation that the authentic experience unfolds. Our expeditions are the way for you to see more, do more, and experience more.