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A Salty Piece of Land - Belize Jungle & Island Expedition Itinerary
Photos Credit: Some Photos Featured are Courtesy Of The Belize Tourism Board
[Meal codes are B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]
Day 1: You gotta appreciate the places where you still have to climb down from the plane onto the airfield.
You've just touched down in Belize, the only part of the colonial British realm that has Maya pyramids. Apparently there are some major discoveries being made in the jungles as we head in the direction of Guatemala. We will need to find a jungle lodge that will host us. I'm hoping for swing bridges and dense canopy so that the night envelopes us, allowing for a good night's sleep. We are going to need it! [D]
Day 2: This might be a perfect day to explore some waterfalls.
Our updated adventure journal calls for exploring some beautiful waterfalls in the jungle, and tonight we will gather at a local market place for some well-earned feasting. [B,L]
Day 3: I keep getting this 'floating sensation'. I know I am not dreaming, so what does this mean?
The wire cable says that we are in for a full day's adventure. When we lost contact, they were telling us to meet them by some caves?
Hitting the road later today, our next lodge is best accessible by riverboat. I'm wondering if the "African Queen" is still available.
Was that a toucan that I just saw flying by? Here at the beautiful Lamanai Outpost, we have some really exciting plans. This place is really deep, deep in the tropical jungle so all kinds of creatures are afoot.
The lodge tonight should have some great food and froth. It will be a fantastic way to celebrate with my travelling adventurers, both old and new. [B,L,D]
Day 4: Finally, finally, I have the chance to climb a Maya Temple.
With names like Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple and High Temple, we are going to feel like we are in an Indiana Jones movie. This site, under excavation since the 1970's is the remnant of a mighty Maya culture. We are going to climb High Temple and maybe make a sacrifice. Now which one of our new friends can we afford to lose? Well, maybe no sacrifices today.
But be prepared...tonight is going to be a night of nocturnal wonder. [B,L,D]
Day 5: Amidst one of the world's most amazing coral reefs, how incredibly beautiful.
Our new home for the remainder of our time here is on the bustling islet of Ambergris Caye. I think the last sighting of Tully Mars was somewhere here on this island. Boy are we going to have fun around here. [B,D]
Day 6: Boating, partying in tropical waters
Off by boat to some incredible coral reefs and tropical islands with stunning beaches. Belize has one of the largest coral reef systems in the world; pristine waters and colorful marine life will dominate our day at sea. [L]
Day 7: Here we are floating around a thatched hut bar at the end of a pier, seemingly at the end of the world.
Some friendly expat Americans here in San Pedro have this bar where they lower drinks down from above as we float around in tropical waters. We have an entire day to enjoy this island and its unique shops and hangouts, let's take this chance to meet some locals. [L,D]
Day 8: A final water taxi run to Belize City
It is hard to leave an exotic outpost like Belize but if we never leave, how are we going to be able to go on...the next Margaritaville Adventure?
All taxes and fees are included in the price as well as ALL accommodations, activities, transportation, and meals as outlined on the itinerary [B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner]. So get ready for Waterfalls, Cave Tubing, Howler Monkeys, Snorkeling, Beach BBQ’s, live music, exploring Mayan Ruins and a whole lot of eating! All you have to do is show up!
Tipping is solely at your discretion. If you feel that your guide has done an outstanding job, a tip of $5 per person per day is suggested.
Twenty-one years of age and older is one of our few restrictions. Margaritaville Adventures and its partners do not provide alcohol during the trip. Alcohol may be purchased by participants at any restaurant or attraction where available on your own and for an additional price. Some of our guests do not drink at all and then there are the others.
On Sunday at the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, meet your fellow travelers and guide(s)-extraordinaire. We then hit the ground running, stopping only for some fun at “the best little zoo in the world”!
Belize currency exchange is extremely easy for American visitors. The Belize dollar is locked at $2 Belize = $1 USD. So it's very easy to see how much something is costing in USD when you go shopping. Nearly everyplace readily accepts USD currency. As is true with most foreign currency transactions, YOUR bank may be charging you a service charge or exchange rate fee. American Express & Discover charge in BZ$ therefore they will charge an exchange fee plus other charges. Visa & MasterCard are charged in US$ so there is no exchange fee charged. Please contact your bank or credit card Company for more information.
During the trip we will be staying at three separate lodges located in small villages, dense tropical jungles, and beaches overlooking the 2nd largest barrier reef. Ninety days before the trip you will receive the itinerary with hotels and scheduled activities. We always have a few surprises along the way and sometimes due to season or additional participant signups we may send out revised itineraries before the actual departure date with adjustments to activities or hotels.
Cool, comfortable, casual clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, light weight cotton pants and shirts, sundresses, and of course swimwear will cover all your clothing needs. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, and sandals for the water and beach. A knapsack or daypack is a great idea for day trips and expeditions. In it you can carry water bottles, snacks, camera, film, and other essentials such as sunscreen and insect repellent. The intensity of the sun makes polarized sunglasses, good sunscreen, and a brimmed hat essential. Just in case there’s an unexpected (or maybe very expected) rain shower, include lightweight rain-gear in your suitcase as well. Your valuables are best left at home.
On the A Salty Piece of Land – Belize Jungle & Island Expedition™ we have compiled a mix of some of our favorite excursions and we feel it is the perfect amount of relaxation and activity. But we know that some people like to really maximize their vacations so we have put together a list of attractions and outfitters for you to inquire into for additional activities. Give us a call or shoot us an email for this list.