Belize Jungle and Cave Tours

 

Belize Tours
Belize Tours - Jungle and Cave

The ultimate adventure vacation is here at Belizean Dreams Beach Resort in Hopkins. Our Belize Tours, Jungle &Cave, are designed for you to experience the real nature of Belize.

Bird Watching - Specialty Tour

Belize Tours - BirdwatchingJust before daybreak, or before dusk, take a drive through Sittee River where the lush vegetation attracts many of the 500 known species of birds in Belize. This makes it a birder’s paradise! Located along the riverbanks between the coast and the mountainous rainforest, Sittee River’s location makes these diverse habitats easily accessible to serious and novice bird watchers alike! Our knowledgeable guide will be sure to point out a wide variety of these species.
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Timetable:  By Request
Duration:   Approximately 2-3 hour
Difficulty:  Easy
Departure: 5:30 am or 4.30 pm
Remember to bring: bug repellent, hat, binoculars, camera, and Bird identification book.

Jungle Horseback Riding Tour - SPECIALTY TOUR

Belize Tours - Horseback ridingRide on trails where the Mayans once traveled and view the tropical jungle with our trained guides. We offer friendly horses and a short riding lesson before setting off into the wilds of Belize.

Our half day tour begins with a brief ride through fragrant orange groves continuing into the mysterious greenery of the tropical rain forest. This area is directly adjacent to the   Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. A new world envelopes us as we ride under the canopy of vine-entangled palms, accompanied by the call of exotic birds. Ride through the forest of silver pimento palms, pines and kapok trees with their huge trunks. Finally we arrive at a pristine spot on the Sittee River where we will stop for a cool refreshing swim beneath the jungle vines. After the swim, we will continue our ride through the rain forest and back to our starting point.
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Timetable:  By Request
Duration:    Approximately 3-4 hours
Difficulty:   Moderate  
Departure:  8:00 a.m. or 1 p.m. 
Remember to bring: Bug repellent, hat, long pants, bathing suit, camera, binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes.

Actun tunichil muknal (atm cave) tour SPECIALTY TOUR

Belize Tours- ATMFor the fit and adventurous this is hands down the most talked about cave in Belize. Discovered in 1989 and open to the general public since 1998, the ATM cave is a full 3 miles deep. After a 45 minute hike in the cool tropical rain forest, and across three streams, you enter its hourglass-shaped mouth for a 30 foot swim in water, at most 15 feet deep, to land on a rock shelf.

The next 2,000 feet is a journey of well over a half hour filled with many sharp & slippery edges, water depth alternates from just covering your toes to portions where only the tallest won't need to swim. Along the way you pass many calcite formations, a few which have undergone minor sculpting (purpose unknown), by the Maya. After this distance, you ascend 7 to 10 feet to a shelf above the river.

From this point forward it is shallow, here you walk barefoot (with socks only). As you go forward you encounter increasing amounts of pottery of all sizes, in conditions from near intact to completely shattered. Cataloged within the cave are over 1400 artifacts - pottery, tools and ceremonial items dating from 1 to 1000 AD - including over 200 vessels. While over half of all the items appear in plain sight in small pools, they are also tucked away between stalagmites, on small, high shelves, or other unusual places. The artwork found in Actun Uayazba Kab (a section of the cave) is unmatched when compared to any other site.

The deeper in the cave you go, the more recent the activities of the Mayans are. Use of the cave by the Mayans of the Late Pre-Classic (1 to 250 AD) period tended to stay near the mouth of the cave, whereas later generations moved further into the cave, perhaps believing that this would bring them closer to the "gods" of Xibalba. The closer to the "gods", the better the chance was that the ceremonies would be answered.  Pottery of all sizes and styles lay within the cave, all broken to release the spirits contained within.

The Crystal Maiden
A not-so-common artifact is human remains. So far, remains from fourteen individuals have been found; 7 adults & 7 children, all under the age of 5. These are not the ceremonial burials found in the other two caves in the area, but were sacrificial victims. They were all likely sacrificed in the hopes of appeasing the gods and bringing rain. Young victims, particularly females, were important for rituals to be "zuhui", pure & uncontaminated in the eyes of the "gods". The Crystal Maiden was a young woman of about 20 years old whose complete remains lie at the back of the cave. It is believed that she was clubbed and left for dead, and with the passing of time she has been cemented to the floor in a layer of brown calcite or crystals! (To reach her final resting place, you must climb aluminum ladders mounted on a sheer rock face!) Don’t choose this tour if you are not an adventure lover, it is not for the faint of heart!
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Timetable:  By Request, 24 hr notice needed
Duration:    Approximately 8 hours
Difficulty:   Moderate
Departure:  7:00 am
Remember to bring:  Bug repellent, hiking boots or tennis shoe, hat, long pants, camera, binoculars and an extra pair of socks.

Mayflower Waterfalls Hiking Tour - Regular/Package Tours

Belize Tours - Blue HoleHead towards the Maya Mountains where orange groves will lead you to banana plantations, then on to dense tropical rain forest. Once at your destination, your guide will lead you briefly through the un-excavated Mayan ruins site, which has several ceremonial mounds as well as an ancient ball court. Archaeologists are still excavating and  piecing together the history of this modest Mayan ruin, which is over grown by the jungle. After the ruins, we will travel to Silk Grass Creek and venture into the jungle. Orchids, birds and lush vegetation abound!

The hike to Antelope Falls is truly worth the effort. The falls are about 1,000 feet high and cascade down a massive rock face. A steep trail leads to the top of the falls, where the views over the jungle and out to the sea are truly breathtaking. A short distance from this point you will find a smaller waterfall with a beautiful pool, ideal for swimming.
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Timetable: This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Thursdays.
Duration:   Approximately 4-5 hours
Difficulty:   Moderate (Antelope Fall) to Difficult (to pool)  
Departure:  8:00 a.m.
Remember to bring: Bug repellent, hat, long pants, swimsuit, towel, camera, binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes and a spirit of adventure.


Scarlett Macaw Tour - Specialty tour

Belize Tours - Scarlett MacawDepart from the resort early and drive south down the Southern Highway for approximately 30 minutes to your destination, which is the Mayan village of Red Bank. Begin your hike through the forest, keeping a sharp eye out for Scarlet Macaws whose raucous cry can be heard over long distances. From the valley the path turns up a steep hill. It is from this hilltop location that these beautiful birds can best be seen feeding in the trees nearby. Continue your journey to a beautiful river where you will find deep pools of water, ideal for swimming. After a relaxing swim you will return to the resort in time for lunch. (Available December - February)
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Timetable: 
By Request during the months of December through February.
Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Remember to Bring: bug repellent, hat, long pants, swimsuit, towel, camera, binoculars and sturdy hiking shoes. 

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