This reef and rain-forest tour will expose you to two incredible types of experiences. On arrival in Belize, you will be transferred to your choice of comfortable jungle lodge. This rain-forest base provides access to a range of landscapes, habitats and natural or cultural diversity. Then, transfer to Placencia for days of laying low or getting active with snorkeling, scuba diving, or kayaking among the islands and reefs that line the Western Hemisphere's longest barrier reef.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. Would you like to combine these chapters of Belize with more active ones? Or mix in a unique birding experience? We can take care of this for you!
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population. We pick our partners by valuing wildlife conservation efforts first and foremost!
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2021 - 2022 Departure Date & Costs
Daily departures year round based on independent and customized travel.
Competitive pricing based on your choice of Rain-forest jungle lodge in Southern, Central, Northern or Western Belize and level of accommodation in Placencia.
Call us for more information 1-800-690-7887
Flexible Cancellation policy
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Suggested Itinerary (can be shortened or extended)
Choose your preferred Rain-forest Lodge (Days 1 - 4) and your preferred Placencia Reef Resort (Days 5 - 8)
Days 1-4: ARRIVE IN BELIZE / TRANSFER TO JUNGLE LODGE (D)
On arrival in Belize, after clearing customs and retrieving your luggage, you will be met and transferred to your selected lodge (transfer times range from 2 to 3 hours). Welcome dinner and evening orientation.
Choose the Rain-forest Jungle Lodge that is perfect for you!
Macal District in Western Belize
Black Rock River Lodge: Nestled on the valley slope above the picturesque Macal River and surrounded by the rolling Vaca Plateau on the edge of the 14,000 hectare Vaca Forest Reserve, Black Rock River Lodge has a breath taking setting. A wide variety of birds can be seen close to the lodge including toucans, trogons, tanagers and many others. The lodge property includes 2 km of river frontage along the Macal a
nd 100 hectares of private nature reserve. The rustic open-air bar and dining room is adorned with a native black slate floor and a huge circular palm-thatched roof offering spectacular views of Black Rock Falls and canyon. Delicious family-style meals range from tasty local dishes to international cuisine! Fresh coffee, fruits, and vegetables are grown organically at Black Rock River Lodge. Meat eaters and vegetarians alike are astounded by the variety of recipes and ability to cater to their needs. Activities from Black Rock include Caracol ruins, Macal River paddling, Medicine trail, Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge (formerly duPlooys) is also nestled along the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Belize. Surrounded by lush tropical forest, the lodge offers incredible wildlife and bird watching. At the base of the lodge is a private beach with complimentary tubes for floating, kayaks for exploring, and evening bonfires. Just next door to the lodge, is the Belize Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden in the country. The eco-lodge provides an intimate jungle setting for families, couples, and groups looking for an active vacation. Sweet Songs is a true nature lover's paradise, perfectly located for access to the best of Belize culture and adventure including ancient Maya sites, like Xunantunich or Caracol, sunbathing on the beach, canoeing on the river, or birding or wildlife viewing in nearby ecological zones.
Chan Chich Lodge: Located on the Cayo and Orange Walk Border - Chan Chich Lodge has pioneered private conservation since the 1980s. Our 30,000 acres of wilderness, surrounded by half a million acres of conservation lands, provide what many believe to be the best wildlife-viewing opportunity in the Americas. At Chan Chich Lodge you will experience what expeditions of past centuries set out to find: architectural wonders of the ancient Maya lost in the jungle. With an unparalleled abundance of wildlife (and the best chance to see the elusive jaguar in its natural habitat) Chan Chich is an extraordinary destination for naturalists, birders and for those seeking an authentic retreat to the jungle. Each guest, by staying at Chan Chich Lodge, is directly contributing to our ongoing efforts to protect both the natural and cultural patrimony of Belize.
La Milpa: The La Milpa Research Centre is nestled deep in the forests of northwestern Belize and is part Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area. Rio Bravo is host to a wide variety of habitats including pine forest, secondary palm/broadleaf forest, marsh and freshwater lagoon. This diversity helps protect over 70 mammal species and 392 bird species. Twenty-two vegetation types are encompassed by the boundaries of the conservation area, and support 230 tree species. The research Centre is just 3 miles from the La Milpa Archaeological. This and sixty other archaeological sites found on the Rio Bravo have contributed to a rich base for archaeological research. Guests visiting the La Milpa Lodge experience firsthand the rich history of the Maya Civilization and in 1996, the site received international recognition when a royal Maya tomb was found and a male skeleton adorned with a jeweled necklace was unearthed on its grounds. We will stay in thatched- roof cabanas with private baths. (Comfortable and tastefully decorated dormitory are also available with 5 berths per room and shared bathrooms). Birding and hiking the nature trails are the order of the days at La Milpa. Avid birders can likely compile a list of more than 150 species during the three days. Time permitting, we will visit a nearby Mestizo and Mennonite village for a taste of Belizean culture.
Chaab'ilb'e Jungle Lodge: is situated along Jacinto Creek in the shadow of the Maya Mountains in the Southern district of Toledo, Chaab’il B’e Lodge will be your home base for 3 days of birding and wildlife exploring. Chaab’il B’e means “good trail” in Q’eqchi’ Maya and there are no less than 17 trails on the property lending to great birding. Chaab’il B’e Lodge has 20 acres of private forest with 3 of those acres maintained in gardens. In addition to the heliconias, gingers, and orchids endemic to Southern Belize, the gardens are full of local flowering and fruit bearing trees which attract birds year around. One birder couple said, “We don’t have to leave the property. The property’s birding checklist includes over 200 species. We can just sit by this one tree and complete our list.” With the Maya, Creole, Garifuna and East Indian cultures along with the explosion of the cacao industry, the Teledo District in southern Belize offers a complete natural and cultural experience different than anywhere else in the country.Options are also available to visit the nearby ruins of Lubaantun and Mim LI Punit. The Lubaantun Ruins are the largest Maya site in Southern Belize. A late classic ceremonial center dated to 700-900 AD this site consists of eleven large structures tower above five main plazas and three ball courts. Nim Li Punit is one of the smaller Maya sites well known for the large amount of stele found here. Inheriting its name from the carving of a figure wearing a large headdress, Nim Li Punit means “the big hat” in the the Maya Kekchi language.
Bocawina Rainforest Eco-lodge: Located in the southern district of Stann Creek is the Mayflower Bocawina National Park consisting of over 7100 acres of lush jungle, refreshing waterfalls and ancient Mayan sites. Nestled in the heart of this beautiful Belize National Park is Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Belize Adventures; a spacious jungle eco-resort that runs on alternative energy and offers a wide range of adventure and cultural & wildlife tours in the property and around Belize! If you're looking for the best Belize vacation, tours and experience, this is the place for it!
Days 5 - 8 PLACENCIA & REEFS
Transfer to Placencia with stops enroute at Blue Hole National Park, and the chocolate farm. 3 nights at a cozy beachfront Inn or a luxury beach resort. See moderate or First-class links below.
Placencia is a popular Belize beach destination on the Caribbean shores with 16 miles of tranquil beaches. It is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor adventure combined with laid back relaxation. Offshore are islands and reefs that provide guests with access to kayaking, paddling, sailing, boating, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, swimming and diving. Inland are a host of activities including cycling, hiking through mountainous rain forests, bird-watching and wildlife viewing, exploring Mayan ruins, connecting to Garifauna or creole or Mayan culture.It is a region we know well, and love deeply and personally.
Extensions can be made to include more regions of Belize.
Flights from Canada to Belize City
November to April: there is one non-stop flight from Toronto (Mondays). And, one flight per week on West Jet from Toronto, and one per week from Calgary.
Flights from USA to Belize City
Year round non-stop flights are available several times a week from gateways in the US on American, Delta and United Airlines. And, seasonal flights are available on Southwest Airlines. American Airlines also connects with several overnight flights from Europe.
Flights from Cancun to Belize City
Topic Air offers daily flights from Cancun.