Things to Do in Belize 2017 PART 2

Private Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure from Belize City
Overview
Float through soaring caves then fly from tree to tree on a 6-hour private adventure from Belize City that combines tubing and a thrilling zipline challenge. Hike into the forest, then float the Caves Branch River into caverns lined with flow stones and bristling stalactites. Trade your tube for a harness, then launch into the air from a series of eight platforms connected by cables that stretch up to 1,200 feet (366 meters). Rappel back to earth from the final platform and catch your breath before returning to Belize City.
What to Expect
Caving provides thrills to suit nearly any age and fitness level.

After a brief 30-minute hike to the entrance of the cave, inner tubes are used to float along the Caves Branch River.
See your light flicker upon strange shapes and the ultimate darkness beyond. Hear the echo of your own voice bounce off the distant walls. Listen to the water dripping from the ceiling, creating spectacular formations in the stunning chambers. And while you might be expecting dark and claustrophobic passageways, you are likely to find enormous chambers and cathedral- sized rooms.
Journey into Belize’s spectacular underground realm and take a trip back to time!.

This amazingly popular and unique tour is a fast growing sector of the Belize Tourism Industry and pivots around one important factor: Safety.

Set within Belize’s lush rainforest, this amazing tour starts with a safety session from our professional zip line crew. Following your safety session, well-trained guides will help you with your harness, hand and body gears, and helmet.
Double cables (each capable of withstanding 2,000 lbs of weight) are used for the ultimate in safety.
A brief 5-minute walk takes you to the first of 8 strategically placed platforms and the start of your excursion.
The platforms are as high as 85 ft and as far apart as 1200ft. All landing platforms are equipped with handrails. Guides meet you at each landing to ensure your personal safety.

At the end of the Zip Line Tour, you will repel from the last platform back down to earth. This is truly a heart-pounding adventure that is sure to please the thrill seeker in you!

Placencia Tropical Island Experience
Overview
Visit a picture-perfect 2-acre private island and spend the day in the sand, sun and water. Cruise out to the island and spend your day in a pristine tropical paradise. Snorkel, paddle board, kayak, hammock nap, sunbathe drink, eat and play beach games.

What to Expect
This little island is vision right out of a tropical dream. You will be making memories from the moment it comes into view on your boat ride out until your last glimpse as it drops over the horizon on your return. This a full day tour, so come prepared to relax, snorkel, kayak, fly fish, paddle board, sun bathe, play beach games, eat, drink, sing, dance and maybe even nap in a hammock. You will be in a palm tree paradise.

All you need to bring is a towel, a hat, water shoes, sunglasses, sun screen, your phone and/or camera, and an appetite for good food, tropical drinks and fun in the sun! Local Belizean Barbecue lunch is provided.

Cave Kayaking Tour from Belize City
Overview
During this tour you will have the opportunity to kayak inside the dark caves at Nohoc Chen Park. You will see a waterfall located inside the cave and enjoy a delicious local lunch at the end of the tour.
What to Expect
This tour starts with hotel/port pick up. From there, you will be driven along a scenic highway for about an hour to Nohoc Chen Park. The park has restroom facilities and showers, 3 restaurants and vendors to purchase snacks from.

Once ready with swim wear, headlight, and helmets you will go on a 20 minute walk along a forest path. Once at the caves, you will get into the kayak, single or tandem and start paddling up, into the dark caves systems where very few people have ever ventured into.

Led by expert guides, this tour allows you to go deep inside the cave system viewing 6 major caves located on the caves branch river. You will see many chambers, formations and very dark rooms using bright LED lights, you will then see the small a waterfall that is inside the caves.

After seeing all the caves, you will exit the caves and go downstream enjoying the sunlight and refreshing crystal clear waters of the caves branch river. At the end, you will enjoy a hearty local lunch before going back to your hotel.


Hol Chan Marine Park, Shark Ray Alley and Caye 


Overview
Cast off from Ambergris Caye for a full-day sailing and snorkeling trip to Caye Caulker, Hol Chan Marine Park and shark ray alley. Slip off the boat to explore Hol Chan’s renowned reefs, where vibrant fishes, sea turtles and delicate corals thrive within the protected reserve. Swim alongside gentle nurse sharks and stingrays in the shallow water, and encounter Belize’s extraordinary wildlife up-close. Continue to Caye Caulker for a 2-hour sightseeing visit, then sip rum punch and enjoy the afternoon sunshine as you sail back to San Pedro Town.
What to Expect
This full-day tour departs at 8:30am and finishing at 5:00pm.

Tour begins in San Pedro Town at the pier in front of Blue Tang Inn hotel, where we will get ready for the sailing tour.

It includes the first snorkel stop at Hol Chan Marine Reserve for a snorkel along the reef.
The second stop is at the Shark Ray Alley to view friendly nurse sharks and stingrays.
After the second stop, you'll stop at Caye Caulker for two hours at leisure for lunch and shopping.

On the way back you can enjoy a cool refreshment and a relaxing sail back to the original meeting point on Ambergris Caye in San Pedro Town.

Tour includes the park fee, sailing tour, snorkel gear rental, water, sodas, Belikin Beer, rum punch and fruit.
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Sailing 


Overview
Discover Ambergris Caye’s wildlife and coral reefs on a 3.5-hour sailing and snorkeling tour to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and shark ray alley. Swim above bright coral formations in Hol Chan, and watch for the sea turtles, eels and fishes that thrive within the protected area. Slip into the water with the stingrays and nurse sharks at shark ray alley, watch them feed on fresh sardines, then enjoy tropical breezes and a comfortable seat on deck as you return to San Pedro Town.
What to Expect
This half-day tour departs at 8:30 am finishing at 12 pm, or if your start time is at 1:30 pm, your tour will finish around 5 pm.

Tour begins in San Pedro Town at the pier in front of Blue Tang Inn hotel, where you will get ready for the sailing tour.

The first snorkel stop at Hol Chan Marine Reserve will take you along the reef for 45 minutes. The second stop is at the Shark Ray Alley to view friendly nurse sharks and stingrays.

After the second stop, you'll enjoy a cool refreshment and relaxing sail back to the original meeting point on Ambergris Caye in San Pedro Town.


Tour includes the park fee, sailing tour, snorkel gear rental and sodas and water.




Shore Excursion: Cave Tubing and Tree Top Aerial Trek Zipline...
Overview
Your tour takes you to Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Reserve where you enjoy a day caving from the top of the caves down river. On the hike to the top your guide explains the flora and fauna of the area as well as Maya history of caves. After your cave tubing adventure, make your way to the top of our ziplines: 8 lines, 7 platforms, the two last lines run over the river with more than 100 feet of hang time. Fun and adventure for the entire family.
What to Expect
Opon arrival in Belize, tender to the Fort Street Tourism Village the only port of entry for cruise passengers coming to Belize. As you exit terminal 1 your guide awaits and escorts you to our meeting area where we get all guests ready to head out on tour.

the travel to Nohoch Che'en Archaeological Park is a 45 minute drive west of Belize city, the center for your days activities. Bathroom facilitates and restaurants are on site. Depending on the day, you may do either your zips or caves first, factors such as weather and group numbers for the day will dictate which you do first, we do guarantee you will have a blast not matter which.

As you reach our location, we adorn you with proper zipline gear, harness, helmet and gloves and off you go. This sets the pace for you adventure and gives you and idea of how the tour will go. You travel from platform to platform where your guides attach and detach your gear as well as security lines. Your are fully guided and cared for the entire trip.

As you finish we head back to our staging area where we get all your cave tubing gear and its off to the top of the caves. After a short 45 minute hike to the top of the caves, your guide will attach the tubes together and off you go traveling through 3 caves until you reach the waterfalls at crystal caves. As you exit you free float down river back to the start point, along the way your guide explains the flora and fauna of the area as well as geological formations in the caves and the importance of the caves to the Ancient Maya.



Altun Ha and Cave Tubing Tour from Belize City

Overview
Learn about 3,000-year-old Mayan civilization with a visit to Altun Ha, then go tubing in the Branch Rivera Caves during this 6-hour adventure from Belize City. At Altun Ha, walk through the two ancient plazas that once served as center of commerce for 10,000 Mayan residents trading jade and obsidian. With your adventure guide, hike 30 minutes to the entrance of the cave, then hop on an inner tube and float through the underground network of rivers. No experience is necessary; this activity is suitable for participants of all fitness levels. A traditional Belizean lunch with refreshments and round-trip transportation from centrally located Belize City hotels, the airport or the cruise port are included.

What to Expect
This tour will take you to visit a Mayan ruin where you can learn about a great civilization that inhabited Belize over 3,000 years ago. Journey through the Mayan underworld, tubing through underground caves over 175,000 years old as your headlights reveal many untouched crystal formations below the surface of the earth.

Altun Ha was first settled somewhere around 250 BC, with construction of the buildings beginning in 100 AD and continuing throughout the Classic Period that ended in the 10th century. Some 10,000 Mayans lived in and around Altun Ha, which was a significant trading center as evidenced by the large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here in the early sixties and seventies.

Altun Ha Tour: spanning a 25 square mile area roughly an hour from Belize City, Altun Ha is made up of two central plazas surrounded by towering temples that enclose the palm strewn land. The larger of the two plazas, Plaza A, is the site of a mysterious tomb discovered beneath one of the temples called Temple of the Green Tomb. Jade, jewelry, flints and skins are among the three hundred remnants that were unearthed here.

Cave tubing provides thrills to suit nearly any age and fitness level. After a brief 30-minute hike to the entrance of the cave, inner tubes are used to float along the Caves Branch River. See your light flicker upon strange shapes and the ultimate darkness beyond.
Hear the echo of your own voice bounce off the distant walls. Listen to the water dripping from the ceiling, creating spectacular formations in the stunning chambers. And while you might be expecting dark and claustrophobic passageways, you are likely to find enormous chambers and cathedral-sized rooms.

You will be driven back to your hotel or cruise port at the end of the tour.



Shared Arrival Transfer: Belize International Airport to San Ignacio Hotels


Overview
Book a shared arrival transfer for an easy and cost-effective way to get from Belize’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport to your San Ignacio hotel. A shuttle will pick you up from the airport near Belize City and drop you off at the door of your hotel in San Ignacio. The drive is approximately 1.5 hours from the international airport along the scenic Western Highway.
What to Expect

This door-to-door shared transfer service will eliminate the stress of your arrival in Belize with direct ground transportation from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) to your hotel in San Ignacio. A professional driver will pick you up at the airport just outside of Belize City and take you to the door of your hotel. The one-way ride is approximately 1.5 hours. With quick and easy booking, you’ll receive immediate confirmation and a voucher to show your driver.



Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon

Overview
Take a journey down the mystical New River Lagoon to discover more than 3,000 years of Belize’s Mayan history at the Lamanai ruins. Encounter exotic birds, crocodiles, turtles and howler monkeys on a river cruise as you venture deep into the jungle, where a powerful ancient civilization once thrived. Learn about the life and customs at the mighty Maya as you explore sacred temples and stone carvings, ceremonial plazas and a ball court on a guided tour of the archaeological site.
What to Expect
Lamanai Mayan site is one of Belize’s largest ceremonial centers. It is located on the banks of the 30 mile long New River Lagoon, in the Orange Walk District, north of Belize City.
With one of the longest occupation spans in the Mayan World, Lamanai was occupied continuously for over 3,000 years, from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1675.

The site of Lamanai includes eight major plazas, a ball court with the largest known ball court marker, a well-preserved mask of a Maya ruler emerging from a crocodile headdress, a 108 foot tall pyramid, one of the largest Pre-classic structures in the Maya area and an intricately carved Stela depicting the ruler Lord Smoking Shell.

These are the main focal points at the site. Found also at the site are remains of a Christian “Indian Church”, which revealed that in 1544 the Spaniards had built a church on top of a Maya temple.

This site has an excellent museum with pottery vessels, flints and figurines, many representations of crocodiles, indicating that the crocodile was very important to the people of Lamanai.

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