Explore and experience the tastes, sounds and culture of Southern Belize from the home base of the Chaab’il B’e Lodge. “Chaab’il B’e” means “good trail” in Q’eqchi’Maya. Nestled along Jacinto Creek in the shadow of the Maya Mountains, Chaab’il B’e Lodge has no less than 17 trails found on the property. With the Maya, Creole, Garifuna and East Indian cultures along with the explosion of the cacao industry, the Toledo District in southern Belize offers a combined nature and cultural experience different than anywhere else in the country.
2020 Departure Dates & Costs
Departures daily based on 2 persons minimum
Trip cost: $665 USD per person, based on twin share
Airfare Belize City/Punta Gorda additional - approx. $ 135 one way
Private Shuttle from Belize $ 225 per one way
Post trip extensions to Placencia available
Also available - Birds of Belize
January 3-10, 2021, February 14-21, 2021, March 14-21. 2021 or April 18-25, 2021 with Roni Martinez
Day 1 Arrival and to Punta Gorda (D)
Arrive at Punta Gorda and transfer to the Chaab’il B’e Lodge. Orientation. Free time to enjoy the trails. Dinner.
Day 2: Culinary & Culture (B,L,D)
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin a day of exploring the culinary and cultural sites in Punta Gorda. This includes a visit to a Spice Farm, and later learn about the history and process of making chocolate at the Ixcacao Belize Maya Chocolate farm. In the afternoon a culinary lesson and dine on our creations while learning about local stories and traditions.
Day 3: Mayan Archaeology & Creole Culture(B,L,D)
Today will will drive to the Nim Li Punit ruins, an impressive Mayan site from the classical period - the grandest of the ruins in Southern Belize. In the afternoon we visit the Warasa Garifuna Drum School, and enjoy a Maroon Creole Fire Hearth cooking lesson.
Day 4: Countryside & departure (B,L)
Morning drive through the Mayan villages that dot the scenic roadway towards the Guatemalan border. Lunch at the Farm Inn with some time to explore the trails on the property. Then you will be transfered to the Punta Gorda airstrip (or taken by shuttle to another location in Belize).
- 3 nights stay at Chaab’il B’e Lodge
- Meals as indicated; 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners (2 on tours), 3 lunches (on tours)
- Tours as indicated
- Tax & service charge (tips are additional)