Discover the beauty of Belize!
Placencia, Belize - November 12-20, 2021
Rain Forests. Beaches. Waterfalls. Mayan Ruins. Barrier Reef. Belize has it all!
Belize is a beautiful country in Central America, bordered by Guatemala to the west and south, Mexico to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Belize has a very diverse population with many cultures and languages. While English is the official language, the most commonly spoken language is Belizean Creole. Full of history, the Maya Civilization in Belize goes back to 1500 B.C. and the Mayan Ruins attract tourists from around the world. We will be staying in a village called Placencia, which is a peninsula in southern Belize where life slows down and souls are rejuvenated.
Sustainable Tourism in Belize
Belize has been listed by "Ethical Traveler" in the top ten ethical destinations to visit this year. It has been a rising star in eco-tourism for the last decade. With the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere, hard work has resulted in UNESCO's removing Belize from the danger list. Belize also boasts beautiful rainforests which cover 70% of the country, with over 103 protected areas. In 2018, Belize banned off-shore drilling and in 2019 banned single-use plastic and styrofoam products. Their commitment to eco-tourism has intensified due to Covid-19. The pandemic has given Belize the opportunity to reflect on how to make tourism even more eco-friendly. The country has launched an ambitious plan to make its tourism sector even more sustainable.
The beauty of small-group travel is that our itinerary is flexible (with the exception of days involving air travel). It allows you to take some time for yourself to either relax by the pool or beach, or go off on a different activity that might not appeal to the whole group. It also allows for changing plans based on weather conditions, which are always unpredictable. The itinerary will be finalized once we know who is traveling and what activities they are hoping to include. Until then, this is the itinerary we are starting with.
Activity level for this trip: Moderate - you must be able to climb stairs, get in and out of a van or golf cart (yes, they use golf carts to get around), and walk up to a half mile. The terrain may be rough at times so women with mobility problems should consult their physicians.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
Travelers will fly into the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Since we will all be coming from different places, arrival times will vary, but we assume most people will arrive between 2-4pm. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and transported to our hotel. After settling into our hotel, for one night only, we will then gather for our Welcoming Dinner at a local restaurant where we will begin to get to know each other. (Meals: D)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
We will meet for breakfast and climb into our private van to head south to our main destination, Placencia! On the way, we will make a stop in Hopkins where we will be visiting an historic Mayan village. We will have the opportunity to make an authentic Mayan meal using traditional utensils and local ingredients. Also included is a visit to the Nim Li Punit Mayan Archaeological Site where we will learn more about the history of the Mayan people. We then continue our road trip to Placencia where we will check in to our luxurious villa and have dinner prepared for us by our own private chef. (Meals: B, L, D)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH
Between all the traveling and our Mayan village visit, we will be ready for a more relaxing day. Our private villa sits right on the Caribbean Sea, with a pool and our own private beach. (Click here for more info on the Villa.) The kitchen will be stocked with groceries for breakfast and lunches during the week. Enjoy the slow pace of Belize, the pool & beach. Paddle out on the Caribbean Sea using the provided paddle boards or kayaks, or head out on your own to explore the area. In the afternoon, we will go into the village center, which is known for having the smallest "main street" in any city on the planet according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Only four feet wide, this street is the heart of Placencia with a wide array of stores, bars, cafes and restaurants. (Meals: B, L, D)
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
The day will start with a leisurely breakfast on your own schedule, within reason . We will then head out to the ocean on a private boat and soak up the beauty of the Caribbean. We will stop at an island for swimming, snorkeling and a cookout for lunch. Upon returning home, they'll be time to relax before dinner. Dinner is not included tonight so that you can go out to explore the huge variety of restaurants in the area. (Meals: B,L)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
Today we experience the beauty of the Belizean jungle. We'll see gorgeous waterfalls where we can swim at the base, and an amazing variety of birds and wildlife. Lunch will be provided and a wonderful dinner will be prepared for us at home by our private chef. (Meals: B,L,D)
We will take to the road today heading west to visit the most impressive of the Mayan ruins, Xunantunich, often referred to as the "Stone Woman." We will also have the opportunity to go "cave tubing," an amazing experience. (Meals: B,L,D)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH
You've got the day to yourself and options are limitless!
biking, to name a few
If you would like, our tour guide will be happy to help you plan your day. You may decide to just relax at the house or head out on your own. The choice is yours. (Meals: B)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
November 19th is the most important national holiday in Belize known at Garifuna Settlement Day. The Garifuna people trace their roots back to 1635 when two ships carrying west African slaves were shipwrecked near St. Vincent. For over a century, the Africans and the indigenous Arawak people intermarried, thus forming a new ethnic group, the Garinagu. Across the nation, this day is filled with parades, lively music, drumming, dance and fabulous food. It is so exciting to be able to share this cultural experience with you! At the end of the day, we will have our farewell dinner at home, once again prepared by our wonderful chef. (Meals: B,L,D)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH
Sadly, our trip comes to an end today. The van will drive us back to the airport in Belize City where we will say goodbye to our newfound friends.