Belize Rain Forests, Ruins &… (trip)

Belize Rain Forests, Ruins & Reefs

  • International Airport near Belize City, Belize
  • Family & Friends
Belize, Central America

from $3,990* per person9 DaysFebruary-April, June-August, December
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Thomson Family Adventures 24 people max
I t’s a tiny country with a small population, but Belize is packed with an endless array of activities that surprise, delight, entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Thomson’s exhilarating family vacation in Belize showcases the country’s geographical diversity, its cultural wealth, and its amazing eco-systems—from high mountain forests to the longest reef system in the Western hemisphere.

Your adventure begins in Cayo, in the Mountain Pine Ridge region, the largest protected area in Belize. We’ll explore its network of underground caves by canoe, zipline through the rainforest canopy, tube down the Mopan River, learn about iguana conservation, and make new friends in a local community. Did you know that Belize was the center of the vast Mayan Civilization, founded about 2,000 B.C.? We’ll explore the mysterious Xunantunich ruins, once an important Mayan ceremonial center. Race to the top of the 130-foot El Castillo temple and take a panorama shot of the entire archaeological site from the top!

Spend four days in Placencia on Belize’s famous Caribbean beaches. Its 185-mile long Southern Barrier Reef is home to more than 250 species of fish and 60 species of kaleidoscopic corals. We’ll take you snorkeling in two idyllic spots—perfect for snorkel newcomers or veteran free-divers. Beautiful offshore cayes invite barefoot investigation and the relaxed lifestyle here will keep you in vacation mode long after you return home. Whether you’re traveling with youngsters or teens, or decide to introduce the grandkids to a new culture, Belize truly does have something tantalizing for everyone.

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Belize, Central America

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.


Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive Belize City

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Belize family tour begins.

Belize Zoo
Traditional rice and beans

Days 2 to 4 – Cayo District and Mountain Pine Ridge

Most Belizeans would agree that although each district has its own charms, Cayo stands out above the others – rich in history, culture and especially nature. You’ll explore waterfalls, lush jungles and huge cave systems. Xunantunich is just one of the important Mayan sites located in this area. Nearby, the 55-square-mile-site of Caracol is home to the ruins of what was once one of the most powerful cities in the Mayan world. In neighboring Guatemala lies Tikal, one of the oldest Mayan sites in Central America and once the home of nearly 100,000 people.

Green Hills Butterfly Ranch 
Canoe Barton Creek Cave
Zipline Through the Rain Forest
San Ignacio
Friends Across Borders meeting (pen pals)
Visit the Mayan village of San Antonio
Maya ruins of Xunantunich

Days 5 to 8 – Belize Reefs and Beaches

The underwater world of Belize's coral reefs is the greatest stretch of coral in the western hemisphere. It is home to hundreds of species of fish and over sixty species of coral – the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world. It doesn’t get more impressive than that! As you can well imagine, the snorkeling here is second to none.

Placencia drive
Go Tubing through an Underground Cave
 Visit to Gravity Hill
Snorkel the Southern Barrier Reef
Glover's Reef/South Water Caye snorkeling
Free day arrow Farewell dinner

Day 9 – Depart Belize City / Arrive U.S.
Optional Community Service Extension

 Have an extra week, and interested in community service?

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