Destinations: San Ignacio, Hopkins
Duration: 8 days
*Price Range: $$$
*Rates inclusive of full vacation experience – hotels, tours, domestic transfers, and tax (excluding international airfare). Actual price based on length of travel, number of travelers/rooms, seasonal rates (high, low, peak), number of tour activities, and mode of domestic transportation.
$$$: At or under $1,200 per person
$$$: $1,200 – $1,800 per person
$$$: $1,800+ per person
Fly into Belize Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Outside the airport you’ll find your private driver who will be holding a sign with our logo and your name on it. They will then assist with your luggage and drive you from Belize City to San Ignacio. Feel free to stop at anytime during your private ground transfer for photo opportunities, restrooms, lunch, or to simply stretch your legs. If your international flight arrival is early enough in the afternoon, take advantage of the daylight hours and stop at The Belize Zoo in route to San Ignacio. Hand fed a tapir or “high five” a jaguar while learning about the zoo’s conservation and educational endeavors. Continue your journey to the Cayo District and check into your cabana eco-retreat at Table Rock. After a day of travel, head to the open-air bar and restaurant for a refreshing cocktail and gourmet dining experience before a restful night’s sleep with the sounds of the jungle.
After a delicious breakfast, explore one of the region’s main highlights with a guided tour to either ATM Cave or to Xunantunich. Return to Table Rock in the early-afternoon and cool off in the Macal River or canoe down to Chaa Creek for a swim in their pool. While you’re visiting Chaa Creek, check out their butterfly farm or splurge on a spa treatment. Return to Table Rock in time for your next expertly prepared meal with farm-to-table ingredients.
Explore more Mayan sites today on a full day’s journey over to Tikal in Guatemala or down to the largest Mayan site in Belize, Caracol. If you prefer to stick around the hotel, Table Rock offers over two miles of trail around their 105-acre nature preserve, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Other nearby activities include chocolate making, The Iguana Project, Cahal Pech, and the San Ignacio Market on Saturdays.
As you make your way from San Ignacio over to Hopkins, enjoy a scenic activity or adventure tour in route. For a more leisurely activity, choose between cave tubing or a swim in the Inland Blue Hole. For adventure seekers you have the option to experience one of Central America’s longest ziplines or highest waterfall rappels at Bocawina National Forest. Or drop into a 500-foot sinkhole at Caves Branch. After your activity of choice, continue onwards to your beachfront hotel, Parrot Cove. Have dinner tonight at one of two on site restaurants, Chef Rob’s Gourmet Cafe or Love on the Rocks – two of the top restaurants in Hopkins Village.
The Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world, making it a playground for snorkelers and divers. Explore one of the nearby snorkel/dive sites to witness some of the best marine life viewing opportunities in the world. In the evening head into town to listen to Garifuna drumming in one of the local bars or restaurants.
Take a guided jungle hike to a 1000-foot waterfall at Antelope Falls (challenging) or within the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve (moderate nature walk). Stop at a local artisan market to pick up a souvenir on your way to/from the hike. For dinner stop at Loggerheads Pub & Grille for a delicious beef burger or fried fish sandwich.
Kayak along the coastline and enjoy another day of snorkeling in turquoise waters off of white sandy beaches. In the evening, make sure to sample the other on site restaurant at Parrot Cove (Chef Rob’s Gourmet Cafe or Love on the Rocks).
Take a short, two-hour private ground transfer back to Belize City for your international flight home.
- High five a jaguar at Belize Zoo’s Jaguar Encounter!
- Canoe down the Macal River to Chaa Creek’s butterfly farm, pool, and spa
- Visit the Iguana Project on your way to/from Xunantunich and Cahal Pech
- Kayak, paddle board, or sail to nearby snorkel sites during your time in Hopkins Village
- Listen to Garifuna drumming while sampling traditional dishes of Hudut and Cassava bread
Best for: Family, Couple, Budget, Foodie
Bucket list experiences: Belize Zoo, Mayan ruins (ATM, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Caracol, El Pilar, Tikal), rainforest, butterfly farm, Iguana Project, cave tubing, Inland Blue Hole, Black Hole drop, zip-line, waterfalls, snorkel & dive (Glover’s Reef Atoll, Turneffe Islands, Blue Hole), Garifuna community, Garifuna drumming, Mesoamerican Reef, beach
Accommodations & Location:
- Table Rock Jungle Lodge, San Ignacio
- Parrot Cove, Hopkins Village
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