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Belize Tours & Trips 2018-2019

Nestled into Central America with an idyllic Caribbean coastline, Belize boasts the world's second largest barrier reef, as well as thick interior jungles and Mayan ruins to explore. A quick flight from the United States, Belize offers plenty in the way of exotic tropical attractions, outdoor adventure, and Mayan culture both old and new.

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Belize Trip Reviews


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Belize Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 194 Great 77 Average 3 Disappointing 0 Terrible 3
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Exodus rate this leisurely - no... it...... aint........ but fabulous trip ... !!!! October 2018

4.0

La Ruta Maya

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We were on the same tour as Christine (see Feb 18 review) Echo many of her
comments and those of your April reviewer.. We are in our late 60's/early
70's.... A fabulous trip with a bit of everything , and yes, the only way to
have done it was by a minibus with 14 other travellers.. but would not do
this sort of tour again... averaging 6 hours daily in a minibus - one day
was 15 hours across abysmal pitted roads due to teachers strike and roads
being barracaded, was no fun. We are very well travelled and pretty fit for
our age - but this was the most strenuous trip we have ever done... but so
glad we did it.. On the first day a very frail lady decided it wasn't going
to be for her.... and left.... !!!! Just to pick up on one thing from our
trip - Feb 18 review - which commented re water.... Having cruised many
times and stringent rules against sharing communal water facilities using
personal water bottles, we were horrified that most of our group did this -
obviously one tour member came with a bug and this was passsed around the
group via the communal water dispenser. Obviously this saved money for some,
but the cost was at least 75pc of the group had stomach bug issues for
several days (NOT HEAT RELATED) - and progressed thru the whole group... We
were among the few not affected - because - WE DID NOT USE THE COMMUNAL WATER
FACILITIES... Exodus please note - on minibus tours PLEASE DO NOT USE
COMMUNAL WATER DISPENSERS - THIS IS A SERIOUS HEALTH NO-NO.... !!!! Anyway
- the tour - a fabulous mix of Mayan sites - in open situation and our
favourites - those in jungles. We loved the short beach brak in Tulum with
opportunities to body-board - too rough to swim... The towns and cities were
colourful, atmospheric and culturally diverse . The cultural and religious
mix of Catholicism and Mayan tradition was occasionally uncomfortable given
animal sacrifices were part of such ceremonies - but utterly memorable ......
For us wildlife is important and it was terrific to see some wonderful birds
and aguti and cotamundi up close and the howler monkeys had to be heard to be
believed...... !!!! In Belize it was great to get a snorkelling opportunity
and to swim with nurse sharks plus very large stingrays..... The trip had
everything - but showed us why we prefer a mixed nationality group..... We
get exasperated with our fellow Brits who always have to do everything asd a
group and seem incapable , as on our trip, of making decisions for
thermselves and allowing dominat individuals to dictate how to use what spare
times there was at the expense of giving themselves memorable times as a
couple.... We are sociable people but also value our times together as a
couple as these are the times you remember..... ah the British herd instinct
- it makes you proud.. ??!!?? Fabulous trip ...
Actually two.....

- the visit to a local church with a ceremony merging Mayan and Catholic
traditions - disturbing because adnimal sacrifices formed part of the
ceremony , but utterly memorable....

- The Mayan site at Tikal - wonderful jungle setting - a 6 hour trek thru
jungle around the extensive site , and encountering much wildlife - several
species of monkey, many birds including toucan, many eagles soaring on the
thermals, the many iguanas, agouti and cotamundi.... The views across the
site.


Amando our guide was amazing.. Always keeping a close eye on everyone to
make sure they were happy, always there to give advice and suggestions and we
really appreciated his enthusiasm during our wildlife discussions......


AVOID USING COMMUNAL WATER FACILITIES

Be aware that this is a very intensive tour with what is a full minibus with
little spare room, and not much spare time outside travelling and
sight-seeing...... If you are older and not very fit, consider an
alternative ....


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Operator Exodus Travels

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What an adventure October 2018

4.0

La Ruta Maya

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Well if you are expecting a relaxing holiday forget it! Full on from the
minute we arrived in Guatemala. True it is not for the faint hearted
travelling wise, a lot of places to get to in a short time but if you want to
seen Mayan culture in all it's forms this is the trip for you!

A very special mention to our guide Amando - brilliant! Such a considerate
guy with a real talent for organisation, diplomacy and truly appeared to
enjoy his job, love his smile.

Couple of brief periods of down time, loved the snorkeling and white beaches
so all in all a great success. We need a holiday now for sure
Seeing our first Mayan site.


Faultless


Take plenty of books, music etc for the hours of travelling


Nope


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Operator Exodus Travels

RG

Does Not Recommend

Convenience of payments is not worth the stress. October 2018

1.0

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
So far, our experience has not been great.
We booked, everyone was fabulous, we were excited! I was offered an additional $100 off of my trip and $45 off the price of private rooming, along with my boyfriends. Obviously an incentive to get us to book. Neither discounts were ever taken off the bill, even after sending in emails. Eventually I sent screenshots of what other reps had said and had the $45 taken off, but they refuse to honor the other discount. Oh well, only $200.
We are supposed to be leaving in January. They recently emailed and said that due to low enrollment, they are changing the dates to combine us with another group. Not only did I get this time off work, but the second date is after my semester already starts. Im not sure what Ill do for school, and no one at EF seems to care how this affects us. We selected a specific date? How can you just go and change it? Oh well, we will have to make it work.
Finally, the cherry on the cake here, we are told that our private room isn't a guarantee and we wont necessarily get it if we change dates. So the upgrade we already paid $700 for isn't necessarily available. No one ever mentioned it being questionable, they were in such a rush to take our money they didn't even feel the need to let us know. I told them that the private rooming is make-or-break for us, and Ive been waiting on a reply for days.
So far, the anxiety I feel over losing out on 3k is not worth the convenience of the monthly payments. Id highly recommend booking elsewhere unless you are unemployed and not a student.
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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

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La ruta Maya February 2018

5.0

La Ruta Maya

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing discovery of an ancient culture. Well balanced mix of activities and
personal times but long distances for travel were more tiring than the
leisurely code implied. Wonderful scenery seen from our little bus as we
jolted along. Guide involved us in all decisions but leaving at 6 am before
the heat and crowds was clearly the best option on many days. Our hotels and
food mostly exceeded our expectations. The itinerary will always attract
those who want to know about the social, cultural, political history of such
a hidden group of people. Pack your best grip, lightweight walkers and insect
repellent.
Tikal needed bigger time allowance


Well at first I thought he was a joker but later saw a man who looked after
us EVERY DAY for food activities.

Careful in difficult situations. 2 people shot dead in A village we’d been
to ten days earlier!


Good grip light weight shoes, rubber end stick?
Lots insect repellant.

Travel sickness tabs for boat and occasional bumpy road.


Guide should remind group of need to drink more. Water was always available
but we forget how hot it is. Half of us were sick probably due to heat


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Operator Exodus Travels

KB

Recommends

Gina was an absolutely fantastic tour leader - she was energetic, fun-loving, extremely passionate about her job and the countries we visited and could not have done more to make sure we all had a great time August 2017

5.0

Cancun to Antigua - 10 days

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I made friends of similar age on this tour and there was an excellent mixture of beaches, socialising, history and culture incorporated into this tour. I was able to get a real feel for the countries I visited and the three countries on this tour could not have been more varied which made it all the more adventurous. The hotels were lovely - often with pools and rooms to a high standard.
I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a better idea of Central America as these are three fascinating, different and beautiful countries with an organised tour leader and excellent customer service directly from OnTheGo.
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Operator On The Go Tours

Belize Tours and Travel Guide


Belize Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Nestled in Central America just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with an idyllic Caribbean coastline, Belize boasts the world's second largest barrier reef -- making it a prime spot for Scuba divers and snorkelers -- as well as thick interior jungles and Mayan ruins to explore. While it's a quick flight from the United States, Belize offers plenty in the way of exotic tropical attractions, outdoor adventure, and Mayan culture both old and new. A Belize tour will get you far beyond the beaches so you can discover the heart and soul of this beautiful and increasingly popular destination.

A Jungle Paradise

Belize boasts an idyllic locale in Central America, perched between Yucatan Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Despite it's small size, the country packs a punch when it comes to adventure and cultural offerings. The long stretch of Caribbean coastline provides countless sandy cayes and beaches, many uninhabited for an island-hopping dream come true. The world's second longest barrier reef just offshore (home to the stunning Blue Hole) draws scuba divers and snorkelers worldwide.

The interior of Belize is a tangle of jungle, with all of the adventure activities and wildlife viewing opportunities such a rich tropical forest entails. In fact, 60% of the country is covered in forest and more than 36% of the country is under some form of protected status. Eco-travel is possible and encouraged, from the UNESCO World Heritage reef on the coast to surprisingly luxurious eco-lodges in the rainforest.

Aside from the varied microclimates and topography, Belize is also a melting pot of people and languages. Soak up Latin American culture and history alongside laid-back Caribbean hospitality, with a touch of post-colonial influence from the UK (Belize was a British territory until 1981). The blend is intoxicating. English is the official language, but Belizean Creole, Garifuna, and Maya dialects are also widely spoken. The cuisine is a similar jumble of influence, brought to life with fresh seafood, salsas, rum, cacao, and tropical fruits.

Ancient History

The backbone of any trip to Belize is the extraordinary Mayan history of the area, once the epicenter of the ancient Maya civilization. Mayan influence courses throughout the country and is essential to its core. The captivating, crumbling ruin complexes spread throughout the interior are well worth a day trip - some of these mysterious cities and temples are said to be inspiration for the Indiana Jones films.

Belize is a multifaceted destination that offers something for everyone, from archeological splendors to cacao plantations. That aforementioned small size comes in handy -  this compact country is easy to navigate, meaning a staggering variety experiences can be had in a relatively short amount of time.

Belize Scuba Diving & Diving Packages

Belize is a balmy island on the Caribbean with miles of white sand beaches, friendly weather, and over 400 tropical islands. Its calm, clear waters, and possession of an 185-mile long barrier reef also make it a prime scuba diving location. Here is our list of the top 4 places to dive in Belize: 

4 Best Diving Spots in Belize
  1. The Blue Hole
    The most famous underwater of feature of Belize, the Blue Hole is 400 feet deep and has a diameter of 1000 feet. Inside, you can see strange geological formations from when the Hole wasn’t underwater, and have the chance to see a wide variety of sharks.
  2. The Belize Barrier Reef 
    Competing with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for size and variety, the Belize Barrier Reef hosts a huge range of pristine dive sites. Dive between the colorful coral for a close look at sea turtles, over 500 species of Caribbean fish, reef sharks, and octopi.
  3. Gladden Spit 
    The Gladden Spit is one of the world’s best locations if you’re hoping to dive with whale sharks. Either snorkel or dive with these gentle giants in their haunt near Palencia.
  4. Shark Ray Alley
    Originally an area of the sea where the fisherman cleaned and gutted their haul, these shallows continue to attract many nurse sharks and rays that aren’t shy around humans.

The Best Belize Group Tour Excursions

On your group tour of Central America, or just of Belize, you are sure to run into some self-directed time. Here are some suggestions of what to do during these free periods. 

  1. Tour the Mayan Ruins
    There are over 25 documented Mayan ruins in Belize, and you should definitely take the opportunity to go see at least one archaeological site while in Belize. Whether you visit the stone altars of Altun Ha, the tall stone pyramid of Xunantunich, or the grisly human sacrificial skulls at Actun Tunchil Muknal, you are sure to be in awed by the impressive remains of one our antiquity’s most impressive peoples.
  2. Caving 
    For those with a sense of adventure, try taking a trip into the darkness and go caving. Belize has a vast and impressive system of caves in the jungle which are commonly known as the Mayan Underworld; the caves were used by the Mayan as early as 300 A.D. Depending on which cave you visit, you can either climb down, or consider rafting through it on an underwater river.
  3. Baboon Sanctuary Tour  
    A short trip from Belize City, the Community Baboon Center is a great trip for families who may have some free time on their small group tour. It is home to over 3,500 howler monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. The monkeys are used to humans and accustomed to being fed, which means you won’t have any problems getting a close look
  4. A Day in Belize City
    Many tour trips to Belize fly in and out of the country’s old capital, Belize City. Therefore, it’s likely that you will have some free time in this area before, after your tour, and in between other stops. Although this is one of the very few urban areas in the city, it is not usually a top attraction. If you’re looking for an excursion in the city, we recommend trying some authentic Belizean food in one of the top restaurants, and getting some historical perspective with a visit to the Museum of Belize.

Other Countries to Consider if you enjoy Belize

Already been to Belize or it doesn't sound as exciting for your next trip? Though the Central American region countries all share spectacular beaches, sunshine, jungle, and enough varied wildlife to please nature lovers everywhere, they all have distinct cultures, cuisines, and languages. Here are two other Central America destinations to consider that are similar to Belize:

Guatemala 

Despite being about the size of Kentucky, there is tons to do in Guatemala. Known for the extensive Mayan ruins of Tikal (famously used as a filming location for Star Wars: Episode IV), Guatemala is a great place to travel for history buffs. 

Guatemala has a bit of a reputation for uneasy political conditions and safety concerns have caused many tourists to turn to more traditionally safe Central American countries. Guided tours of Guatemala are a great way to experience the culture and history without needing to worry about traveling alone and figuring out where to go. 

Costa Rica

On the opposite coast and south to Belize, Costa Rica is known as one of the adventure travel capitals of the world. But there is so much more to this exciting country than just ziplines through the canopy. The best vacation packages to Costa Rica incorporate adventure as well as ample wildlife viewing to see hundreds of rare and beautiful birds and other nature wonders who live in the many distinct rainforests of Costa Rica.

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