Belize Jungle and Cave Tours

 

Belize Tours
Belize Tours - Jungle and Cave

The ultimate adventure vacation is here at Belizean Dreams. Our Belize Tours - Jungle and Cave are designed for you to experience the real nature of Belize.

Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve Tour

Belize Tours - Jaguar PreserveMake your way to the Maya Center and the entrance of the world’s only jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Stop briefly to sign in and to view beautiful art by local Mayan Indians. Your guide will then take you on several established trails through the Cockscomb Basin, each with its own unique characteristics. The preserve is believed to have the world's highest density of Jaguar as well as several other cat species. As jaguars and other cats are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will see them, but you can spot fresh tracks. With over 290 recorded species of birds this park is ideal for birders. After a rest, hike to a beautiful waterfall for a cooling swim.

Timetable:
This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Thursdays. Email for more information.
Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Bring: bug repellent, hat, swimsuit, towel, hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, rain jacket

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.

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 Maya 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 envelops 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 rainforest and back to our starting point.

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 rainforest 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 is shallow, where 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. Catalogued 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 Mayas were. Use of the cave by the Mayas of the Late Pre-Classic (1 to 250 AD), 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 lords of Xibalba. The closer to the gods, the better the chance the ceremonies would be answered.  Pottery of all sizes and styles lay within the cave, all broken to release the spirits contained within.

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 are 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. (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 hearted!

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 

Belize Tours - Blue HoleHead towards the Maya Mountains where orange groves will lead you to banana plantations to dense tropical rainforest. Once at our destination, your guide will lead you briefly through the unexcavated 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 traverse 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 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.

Timetable: This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Thursdays. Email for more information.
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.

Cave tubing and canopy zip lining

Belize Tours - ZipliningExperience exhilaration and feel at one with nature on an exciting zip line and cave tubing adventure!  The zip line tour is a first class high adventure trip for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers in the heart of the Belizean wilderness.

The tour involves traversing from tree platform to tree platform, 80’ above the forest floor dangling only from a steel cable. There are 5 sections ranging from 105—500 feet of flying!

Upon arrival you will be given a safety briefing and then outfitted in the safety equipment of body harness, helmet and gloves. A short jungle hike to the first platform ensues before heading into the jungle canopy to start this wild adventure. 

After your zip line adventure, the cave tubing begins!  With inner tube and headlamps in hand, you begin the one mile walk along a lush, tropical trail which passes through a shallow portion of the river; and two walk- through caves before reaching a stunning lagoon surrounded by steep limestone walls.  The moment you enter the cool waters, the mystery of "Xibalba” (pronounced “Shee-bal-ba”) the underworld of the Maya takes hold. Float along the darkness gently pushed by a current and led by your guide into two large chambers, both impressive sanctuaries used by the Maya for sacrificial rituals. Plunge into darkness if you are brave enough to turn off your headlights, and listen to the sounds of the cascading waterfalls and bubbling rapids.  

Timetable: This tour is a part of our inclusive packages and can be booked on Mondays. Email for more information.
Duration:   Approximately 8 hours (Full Day)
Difficulty:  Moderate
Departure: 8:00 am
Remember to bring:  bug repellent, hiking boots or tennis shoe, hat, long pants, camera, binocular.

Scarlett Macaw 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)

Timetable: 
By Request during the months of December through February. Email for more information.
Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Bring: bug repellent, hat, long pants, swimsuit, towel, camera, binoculars and sturdy hiking shoes. 

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     Belizean Dreams | Hopkins Village, Belize
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