Belize Rivers, Reefs and Rainforests Adventure

About the Experience

You have never felt so far away, so placed into an exotic otherworld as when standing beneath these palm trees on a remote island decorated with conch shells. How would you ever fill a postcard with words that capture sitting upon the soft soil of the rainforest floor, gazing skyward at the dense, graceful canopies overhead, and feeling as though you’ve been plunked down into a secret, precious pocket of the earth?

Then you are snorkelling along with your new fishy friends – a pack of rainbow-hued pals that zip and bob around you with breathtaking beauty. With the Barrier Reef below, you stretch your eyes wide, feeling almost unable to take in so much earthly dazzle and delight, almost expecting to see a mermaid, the scene is so surreal.

The Belize Barrier Reef is the second longest in the world, home to more than 100 different kinds of coral and some 500 species of fish. Snorkelling in this alluring underwater world takes you through translucent seas, gazing at a kaleidoscope of coral, fish and turtles.

Belize will never leave you. Even when you are back in the “real” world – your memory of this land will feel as solid as a slick conch shell cradled in your hands. Join Wild Women for an unique adventure that spans the rivers, reefs, and rainforest of Belize.

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Belize Rivers, Reefs and Rainforests Adventure

About the Experience

You have never felt so far away, so placed into an exotic otherworld as when standing beneath these palm trees on a remote island decorated with conch shells. How would you ever fill a postcard with words that capture sitting upon the soft soil of the rainforest floor, gazing skyward at the dense, graceful canopies overhead, and feeling as though you’ve been plunked down into a secret, precious pocket of the earth?

Then you are snorkelling along with your new fishy friends – a pack of rainbow-hued pals that zip and bob around you with breathtaking beauty. With the Barrier Reef below, you stretch your eyes wide, feeling almost unable to take in so much earthly dazzle and delight, almost expecting to see a mermaid, the scene is so surreal.

The Belize Barrier Reef is the second longest in the world, home to more than 100 different kinds of coral and some 500 species of fish. Snorkelling in this alluring underwater world takes you through translucent seas, gazing at a kaleidoscope of coral, fish and turtles.

Belize will never leave you. Even when you are back in the “real” world – your memory of this land will feel as solid as a slick conch shell cradled in your hands. Join Wild Women for an unique adventure that spans the rivers, reefs, and rainforest of Belize.

Day 1

Day One: Rainforest Welcome

Arrive at Belize International Airport before 3:30pm and connect with your 20 minute domestic flight to our tour starting point in Dangriga. Here a Wild Women Expeditions’ representative will meet you and welcome you to the country.

From here, you’ll travel a short distance into the southern Maya Mountains. You’ll have a special welcome at the rainforest eco-lodge in the middle of Mayflower Bocawina National Park where you’ll be staying for the next two nights. You’ll start your trip by settling into the lodge and learning about the property and the experiences that lie ahead in the surrounding mountains and rainforest.

Should you wish to arrive a day early, we can recommend a hotel for you to stay at.

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Day Two: Wild Walks

Rise with the sun and explore the Mayan ruins with a guide. Have binoculars close at hand as the birding in the ruins is excellent especially at sunrise. Listen to the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead. Breathe in the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms.

After breakfast you will head out to hike the Bocawina Rainforest Trails and swim in its pools. Discover local birds, wildlife, and waterfalls. Your guides will point out medicinal plants and bring to life the layers of biodiversity that make the worlds’ tropical rainforests such a rewarding experience.

In the afternoon you’ll visit a nearby Women’s Cooperative Craft Market and follow the Chocolate Trail, learning (and tasting) the secrets of traditional chocolate making from cacao in the field to the final tasty product.

You’ll return to the lodge and enjoy a delicious dinner and take part in an optional night hike through the rainforest, watching for tracks of the big five wild cats, listening to the calls of crickets, frogs, and nocturnal birds, soaking in the starry night.

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Day Three & Four: River Boating

Set off early in the morning into the wild south of Belize. Far off the beaten track you will travel to a region of rainforest deep in Mayan territory and visit the small village of Santa Theresa for a traditional home cooked feast prepared by a local family. Then you’ll meet your Mayan river guide and drive further south from Big Falls to your put-in point on the Moho River.

Once on the river your guides provide a brief boat and river orientation, and you take as much time as we need to learn and practice your new boat-handling skills. You then begin your journey along one of Belize’s most beautiful rivers through some pristine rainforest to your first river camp.

For these next days you break contact with the outside world and become a part of the mist-shrouded rainforest as you follow the Moho River through canyons and lush rainforest. Each bend reveals the dynamic nature of the river – from calm meandering water that reflects the intense green of the jungle, to stretches of rapids, pour-overs and spectacular waterfalls as the river descends from the Maya Mountains to the sea.

Depending on water levels, some days you may reach camp by mid-afternoon and switch to land-based activities. Hiking through the forest, birding, plant and animal identification, and photography are some of the many activities we engage in. During the trip, your Mayan guides and North American leaders will emphasize understanding the ecology of the rainforest, learning about the habits of the wildlife, and gaining an appreciation for the rich Mayan folklore which adds so much to your experience in the jungle.

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Day Five: Barrier Reef-Bound

In the morning you’ll head off from the river and travel to the coast, where you will take motor transport to the Belize Barrier Reef and South Water Caye. As you make your way to the caye and its swaying coconut palms, you’ll wish the day would never end. You’ll check into your comfortable cabana accommodations, enjoy an ice-cold drink, and explore the island before a delicious dinner.

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Day Six: Paddle to the Reef

Rise early for breakfast on the beach followed by your introduction to sea kayaking. You start by learning and reviewing the fundamentals of sea kayaking. Test your new-found skills with a paddle out to the main reef to snorkel along the inner reef wall. Depending on sea conditions, a snorkel along the outside reef edge may be possible. Paddle back to caye basecamp past mangrove ranges and protected lagoons. Out on the reef your guides share their knowledge of Belize, the marine environments, and local culture. After an exciting day of exploration and learning, you’ll return for an evening on your paradise island retreat.

 

Day Seven: Billy Hawk Caye

Enjoy a relaxing morning, soaking up the ambiance of the lodge, or perhaps going for a short stand-up paddle (SUP) tour.

After an early lunch you’ll head out and try your hand at kayak sailing as you paddle and sail kayaks to Billy Hawk Caye, arriving there late in the afternoon. Billy Hawk Caye is a very special place. Family-owned and operated since 1972, the Sabal family have worked to build this Garifuna fishing island up over the past five years to invite guests to their home and share the pristine surrounding reefs, their knowledge, and their heritage with you. Accommodations are in rustic bunkhouses on this one acre private island which will be exclusive to your Wild Women group.

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Day Eight: Garifuna Celebrations

Continue to explore the Blue Ground Range on a full day of sea kayaking and snorkelling, enjoying mangrove ranges, patch and fringing reefs, and protected lagoons.

On your final night at Billy Hawk Caye, you’ll enjoy a celebration of music, dance and traditional foods of the Garifuna (lobster and conch stew is a highlight of the local cuisine!).

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Day Nine: Onwards and Upwards

After an early breakfast your water taxi will carry you back to the mainland town of Dangriga where our group heads to the Dangriga airport for our domestic flight to the Belize International Airport. Tour ends at BZE where flights can be booked out of Belize for anytime after 2:00pm.  

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