Wild Belize Escape

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Wildlife, Reefs, Rivers Plus Ruins of the Maya World

A Lindblad Expeditions Cruise on the National Geographic Sea Lion

Package includes:
  • 5 Nights aboard ship
  • All meals & non alcoholic drinks aboard ship
  • Shore Excursions
  • Transfers 
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Use of kayaks, snorkeling gear & paddle boards 
  • Tips to local guides & drivers
  • 3 Nights hotel in Tikal
  • Meals on land as per itinerary + non alcoholic beverages 
  • Transport Belize/ El Remate, Guatemala/Belize city 

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1: BELIZE CITY/ EMBARK
Arrive in Belize City and transfer to the National Geographic Sea Lion. Settle into your cabin as we set sail on the Caribbean Sea. (D)
DAY 2: BELIZE BARRIER REEF, BELIZE
Awaken in the northern cayes of the Mesoamerican Reef, a barrier reef system that stretches more than 600 miles and harbors incredible marine biodiversity. Edged with mangroves and scattered with idyllic tropical isles, these turquoise waters give us much to explore during our full day here. If weather and conditions permit, visit Half-Moon Caye to see its red-footed booby and magnificent frigatebird colony. Later, we’ll find a calm spot to paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or don a mask and fins to snorkel among sea turtles, swirling schools of tropical fish, and harmless nurse sharks. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: MAYFLOWER-BOCAWINA NATIONAL PARK
Spend the morning discovering the lush rainforests and waterfalls of Mayflower-Bocawina National Park. On a variety of hikes with our naturalists, photograph unusual tropical flowers, watch for colorful bird species, and identify the tracks of tapirs and jungle cats. A series of camera traps are set up throughout the park to capture images of the elusive jaguar, so revered in Maya culture. Meet local scientists and researchers to see some of this footage and learn about ongoing studies of jaguar behavior. Tonight, an internationally acclaimed drumming group, The Garifuna Collective, joins us on board to perform their spirited music. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: MONKEY RIVER / BELIZE BARRIER REEF
Rise early to board Zodiacs at the mouth of Monkey River and cruise inland through the Belizean jungle, in search of toucans, green iguanas, and myriad bird species. Few experiences rival hearing the first throaty roar of a mantled howler monkey echoing across the canopy. Explore the southern cayes of the Belize Barrier Reef this afternoon, and enjoy more opportunities to kayak and stand-uppaddleboard, or go snorkeling amid vibrant corals teeming with tropical fish. For scuba divers, incredible dive opportunities abound (at additional cost). (B,L,D)

DAY 5: BELIZE BARRIER REEF
Our second straight day on the reef brings us into the central cayes. Here, coral patches dot the shallow coastal lagoon, harboring parrotfish, butterflyfish, octopi, and countless other marine species. We’ll drop anchor nearby and spend the full day within the fringing reef, discovering natural wonders both in the water and out. (B,L,D)DAY 6: BELIZE CITY/EL REMATE Disembark in Belize City and drive to El Remate, Guatemala gateway to Tikal—one of the largest cities in the Classic Maya world. Enjoy lunch on the way to the shores of picturesque Lake Petén Itzá before transferring to the Hotel Camino Real Tikal. Later, set out on an optional birding walk with our naturalists, or take a sunset boat cruise on the lake. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: TIKAL Spend a full day exploring Tikal, where ancient pyramids tower more than 200 feet, and thousands of temples, shrines, and plazas are scattered beneath the rainforest canopy. Discover the site’s archaeological treasures, including the Temple of the Great Jaguar and the North and South Acropolis. Encounter ancient Maya art and hieroglyphs and examine carved stone inscriptions that illuminate the history and spiritual significance of Tikal. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: YAXHÁ Explore Yaxhá, a former Maya ceremonial center situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxhá Lake. The world’s third largest known Maya site, Yaxhá spreads across nine plazas and contains multiple pyramids, ball courts, and stelae. Examine its features with your local guides and, if you wish, climb a temple for panoramic views. Later, enjoy lunch at a traditional Guatemalan restaurant, followed by an evening at leisure. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: FLORES / GUATEMALA CITY / U.S.: Drive this morning from El Remate to Belize City to connect with flights home. (B)