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BELIZE TROPICAL – CAYE CAULKER – LOWER DOVER – TIKAL 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

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Total $2399.00 USD
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Itinerary

Day 1BELIZE TROPICAL EDUCATION CENTRE

Welcome to Belize! Pre-Departure Meeting at 6 pm Passenger Notes Important departure Info – Arrival Airport: Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Free transfer to our joining hotel. Please tell us what is your flight number and arrival time in advance – Pre-Departure Meeting: 6 pm at Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Lodge reception: Mile 29 George Price Highway P.O. Box 178, CA, Belmopan, Belize. frontdesk@belizezoo.org / +501-625-3604. Today we will pick you up from the airport and have a meeting to explain everything about your tour. Moreover, we will discuss the following day’s (Caye Caulker Island) details. After that, we will enjoy our first group dinner. Get ready to taste your first local delicacies! – Included Meals: Dinner – Facilities: Belize Tropical Education Centre: Twin cabins with shared toilets. There is Wi-Fi on site.

Day 2CAYE CAULKER

Visit the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. Take the boat to Caye Caulker island and enjoy a free afternoon to relax. Passenger Notes Today we will enjoy a guided visit to the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre. This centre exhibits over 200 animals, representing over 45 native species. The Zoo keeps animals that were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo or rehabilitated animals. A visit to the Zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them. In the afternoon, we will take 1 h boat ride to Caye Caulker Island. This tiny island is a Caribbean paradise bustling with relaxed vibes. You won’t see any vehicle in here apart from a few golf cars! In Caye Caulker, you will enjoy a free afternoon to relax or dance the reggae vibes at any of the multiple bars and restaurants in the area. – Included Activity: Guided tour of Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre.

Day 3CAYE CAULKER

Free day at Caye Caulker Island for optional activities (snorkeling, fishing, diving, tubbing…) Passenger Notes Caye Caulker is a paradise for those who want to snorkel, dive or go fishing. Plus, there are some other fun activities such as tubing! The main attraction is snorkeling around the Hole Chan Marine Reserve. This is the best reserve that Belize can offer to snorkelers/divers. Located 12 miles from Caye Caulker it offers a large LOA LUPITA OVERLAND ADVENTURES SRL DE CV – www.lupitaoverland.com Page 5variety of marine life, breathtaking images of corals and coral fish and the novelty of swimming near nurse sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and manatees. Moreover, it is possible to take a full day dive tour of the famous Blue Hole. This is one of the most astonishing dive sites to be found anywhere on earth. The hole is over 980ft (300m) across at the rim. The reef around the rim of the hole is only a few feet below the surface and colored by anemones, elkhorn, starlet and club finger corals. If you love sport fishing, this is the right place for you! Many companies offer half or full-day fishing tours. Barracuda are a popular sport fish present in large numbers throughout the year. Local Reef fish species including snapper, grouper and jacks are also abundant throughout the year. Along the reef, wading anglers can take snappers and jacks by casting deceiver patterns or poppers into the surf. But, perhaps you prefer to just relax at the beach, enjoy the reggae vibes or even take a tubing tour. Island-Tubing is the art of relaxation, as you glide to the gentle grove of the Caribbean Sea. The tour lasts for about an hour, and with the aesthetic views, it’ll probably feel like mere minutes spent… This tour provides unlimited cold beverages (including rum punch) to truly make your adventure one for the books!

Day 4LOWER DOVER

Take the boat to Belize mainland. Free afternoon at Lower Dover (ruins, hikes, river…) Passenger Notes Today we take the boat back to the mainland and head to the Cayo area. Its dense jungle is full of ecological reserves and rich with pre-Columbian archaeological sites, including Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. We will arrive in Lower Dover Lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore Lower Dover ruins, the medicinal plants garden, and take a swim in the river between others. – Free Activities: Maya ruins, river swimming, bird and wildlife watching, organic farm and medicinal plants – Included Meals: Lunch and dinner – Facilities: Lower Dover Lodge, ATM, Laundry (do it yourselves) – 2-3 passengers: Double, twin or triple cabins – 4 to 11 passengers: Dorms (comfortable bunk beds, 6 to 8 people per dorm). – Probability of upgrading to private rooms depending on availability for 15 USD per passenger. – Optional camping (big tents and assorted sleeping gear) if passengers prefer to have more privacy with no extra cost. – Boat ride: Around 45 min / 30 Km / Driving time: Around 2 / 100 Km Crew / Agent Notes – 08:00 am: Own expense breakfast – 09:00 am: Take the boat to the mainland (1 h / 30 Km) – 10:00 am: Arrive. Walk to parking and load the van 10:30 am: Drive 2 h / 100 Km to Lower Dover – 12:30 pm: Arrive. Included lunch – 02:00 pm: Free afternoon (ruins, river, medicinal plants walk, etc…) – 06:00 pm: Included Dinner

Day 5LOWER DOVER

Full-day adventure to ATM Cave or Jungle horse-ride to Barton Creek Cave Passenger Notes The Belize ATM Cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave) is the most impressive cave in Belize. This Cave was a sacred place to Mayas who began using the entrance during the early classic period (300-600AD). The most famous of the human remains is “The Crystal Maiden”, the skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been completely covered by the naturally processed remains of the cave. When you enter the ATM Cave you will be required to do some swimming and climbing. This is a predominantly wet cave with water levels ranging from ankle to chest height. The cave river system leads you through a labyrinth of dry chambers culminating at the cathedral-like main chamber, which is 350 meters in length, 50 meters in width. In this area, you will spend about an hour to an hour and a half admiring with great care the many skeletal remains and artefacts; both pottery and stone tools. Toward the back of this chamber, you will climb a ladder of about 15 feet to get to the chamber of the Stone Sepulchre where you will see the skeletal remains of the famed crystallized maiden. You must wear closed-toe water sandals or tennis shoes as rocks in the creeks tend to be slippery & toes are stubbed. You must also bring EXTRA SOCKS since a pair will be sacrificed LOA LUPITA OVERLAND ADVENTURES SRL DE CV – www.lupitaoverland.com Page 8in the cave. Cameras are not allowed inside the cave or on the hiking trails. The Belize Government rules that they shall be only 8 people per group, so we will divide the group if there are more than 8 people. Please contact us as soon as possible if you think this activity is too challenging for you, so we can provide alternatives or refund you the cost. Alternatively, you can opt to change this activity for a jungle horse-ride to Barton Creek Cave, depending on what you informed us at the time of booking. The jungle horse-ride tour begins from MET Belize (30 min drive from Lower Dover). The ride features more cultural experiences because you ride through two entirely different villages, the Salvadoran village called El Progresso and the Mennonite community. Expect to see horse-drawn buggies and people wearing traditional Amish-type clothing. You will then tie your horses and take the canoes to explore a river cave. This tour can easily be changed for a horse-ride to some beautiful waterfalls as well. Please note both tours require more than 3 h in the saddle. – Included activity: ATM Cave tour or Jungle Horse-ride tour (Choose one of these two) – Included Meals: All meals included – Facilities: Lower Dover Lodge – 2-3 passengers: Double, twin or triple cabins – 4 to 11 passengers: Dorms (comfortable bunk beds, 6 to 8 people per dorm). – Probability of upgrading to private rooms depending on availability for 15 USD per passenger. – Optional camping (big tents and assorted sleeping gear) if passengers prefer to have more privacy with no extra cost. – Route: Around 1.5 h / 30 Km Crew / Agent Notes ATM Cave: – Closed-toe water sandals or tennis shoes as rocks in the creeks tend to be slippery & toes are stubbed. Also, bring EXTRA SOCKS since a pair will be sacrificed in the cave – Shorts & T-Shirt, dress light & comfortable – a change of clothes is necessary for the ride home – Camera: Not allowed inside the cave or on the hiking trails – Do not wear any repellent as it pollutes the inside of the cave as it washes off – Leave all personal & travel documents, valuables at the lodge. – Belize Government rules that they shall be only 8 people per group (the group may be divided into 2) – 07:30 am: Included breakfast – 08:30 am: pick up at Lower Dover. Drive 45 min / 15 Km of dirt road – 09:15 am: Arrive at Teakettle Village – Entrance to Actun Tunichil Muknal 10:00 am: 45-minute hike to the cave (3 creek crossing on the way) – 10:30 am: Snack & Restroom break followed by an orientation briefing – 11:00 am: Enter Cave – tour lasts 3+ hours hiking in clear water streams and over boulders – 02:30 pm: Exit cave – lunch & restroom at Archeology Base Camp (Picnic Lunch provided). 45 minutes hike to van – 03:15 pm: Board van to Teakettle & depart back to Lower Dover – 04:00 pm: Back at Lower Dover Horse-ride: – Helmets are included and compulsory – 07:30 am: Included breakfast – 08:30 am: Drive 45 min / 20 Km dirt road – 09:15 am: Arrive at MET Belize. Full day horse ride to Barton Creek or waterfalls – 03:15 pm: Depart back to Lower Dover – 04:00 pm: Back at Lower Dover. Free afternoon

Day 6TIKAL RUINS

Cross the border into Guatemala and explore Tikal Archaeological Site LOA LUPITA OVERLAND ADVENTURES SRL DE CV – www.lupitaoverland.com Page 10Passenger Notes Today you will cross the border into Guatemala (Belize exit fee is 20 USD) and arrive in Tikal in time to do the afternoon tour. This is a great opportunity as it doesn’t get as crowded as during the day! Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent and contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization. It is Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve and was declared a national park in 1955 and a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Tomorrow, it will be possible to do the famous Tikal Sunrise tour. If this is what you’re planning, make sure to buy the Sunrise Tour ticket at the entry of the National Park. It can’t be done afterwards! – Included activity: Tikal Ruins tour – Included Meals: Breakfast – Facilities: Jungle Lodge: Double, Twin or Triple rooms – Route: Around 3 h / 140 Km Crew / Agent Notes – 07:30 am: Included breakfast – 08:30 am: Drive to cross into Guatemala 1 h / 40 Km – 09:30 am: Cross the border. Allow around 1.5 h. Belize Exit fee 20 USD / There is an ATM at the border – 11:00 pm: Drive 2 h / 100 Km to Tikal / lunch at Melchor de Mencos just after the border if running late – 01:00 pm: Arrive. Check in. Own expense lunch – 03:00 pm: Afternoon tour – 07:00 pm: End of tour. Free time.

Day 7BELIZE TROPICAL EDUCATION CENTRE

Free morning at Petén Lake. Arrive in Belize City. Last night included in the tour Passenger Notes

Day 8END OF TOUR

Free transfer to Belize airport. If having enough time can do optional activities at the education centre Passenger Notes Today is the last day of the tour. If you have enough time before your flight leaves, you’ll be able to do some jungle hiking or canoeing. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight (unless you ask to extend your stay at your own cost). We will take you to the airport at the desired time. We would like to thank you for joining us on this incredible adventure…

Tour Details
  • - Vehicle: Includes passenger vehicle insurance , fuel, border crossings and tolls costs. 1 - When 2 to 3 passengers: Rental Car.
  • - When 4 to 11 passengers: Lupita Overland’s Van, equipped with AC, Sound System, Fridge and Camping Equipment.
  • Boat to get to Caye Caulker Island. Accommodation
  • 2 nights in Belize Tropical Education Centre: Passengers will be accommodated in twin cabins with shared bathrooms. None of them has AC, but the accommodation is really good quality and has fans.
  • 2 nights in Caye Caulker, Tropical Paradise Hotel or equivalent: Doube, Twin or Triple cabins as passengers require.
  • 2 nights in Cayo Belize, Lower Dover Lodge:
  • When 2 to 3 passengers: Double, Twin or Triple cabins as passengers require.
  • When 4 to 11 passengers: Dorms (comfortable bunk beds, 6 to 8 people per dorm).
  • Probability of upgrading
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  • Hotel upgrade available. Please email or call to request it. 
  • Air ticket is not included.
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. No hidden charges.
  • Travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. 
  • We recommend you to get travel insurance for your trip. 
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