MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, is a 106,838 acre, located in western Cayo District.It is covered in about 60% pine forest , 37% broad-leaf forest and grassland.Established in 1944 for the preservation and management of Belize’s pine forest.It provides cool temperatures and magnificent natural monuments. Within  the pine forests you will find sites such as the largest waterfall in Belize thousand Foot Falls (1,600ft), as well as Rio Frio Cave a quarter mile-long caving system.

 

Birds you can spot ,the acorn Woodpeckers,Other specialties include the Rufus-capped Warbler, Cross bill, Pine Sis kin, Stygian Owl and Eastern Bluebird. If you visit between autumn and spring, you may also see the Hepatic Tanager and Chipping Sparrow. Raptors cruise the valleys of the Pine Ridge, and it’s the most likely place in Belize to see Orange breasted Falcons.

Rio On Pools,in the Mountain Pine Ridge, is made up of a number of small cascading pools, it is just before the Douglas D’ Silva Forest Station.listening to the soothing sounds of cascading small waterfalls making their way into crystal clear pools connected by natural water slides or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery. from the parking and picnic area you can get a great view of the area. you can choose to relax on  some of the large granite boulders. Enjoy swimming in crystal clear pools , with a 5ft tall water fall where you can get a shoulder and back massage.

 

Mountain pine ridge forest reserve is considered to be the oldest land surface in Central America. Belize largest cave entrance , the 65 foot arched entrance with huge stalactite hanging from this massive cave , while exploring the cave you come across very large boulders .A small stream flows through this cave, with several pools great to take a dip on a hot day.

 

This is a stunning water fall,(60ft Tall) with two natural swimming pools,excellent spot for a picnic and great to take a dip on a hot day.

 

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking at site. Proper footwear is recommended. Swimwear can be worn for swimming at pools.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras, hats/sunglasses

What is included: Transportation, lunch, guide, entrance fees, and towels

CHE CHEM HA CAVE

Che Chem Ha is a dry cave that sits on a steep hill and contains substantial evidence of ancient Mayan ritual activity dating from the Middle Preclassic period(900-300BC) to the Late Classic Period 700-850AD. The cave was first discovered by Williams Plytez in 1989 while he was on a hunting expedition. The main cave is about 200 meters long and divides 100 meters from the entrance.

One passage leads to a dead-end but the other passage leads us to the large cathedral-like chamber known as the Stela Chamber. Artifacts were also found in six elevated side passages that branch off from the main tunnel. Four of these passages are narrow and have low ceilings so they were designated as “crawls”.

Crawl 3 is unique, it exhibits both morphological modification and has a fire hearth. Che Chem Ha cave is an all-day tour that starts as early as 7:00 AM and returns to town around 4:00 PM. We depart from San Ignacio and make our way through the villages of San Jose Succotz, Benque Viejo Town, and on to the Arenal Road. The cave is nearly eight miles southeast of Benque Viejo on the property of the Morales Family Farm.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around the site. Proper footwear is recommended.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, and cameras

What is included: Transportation, guide, lunch, equipment and entrance fees.

SAINT HERMAN’S CAVE AND INLAND BLUE HOLE

St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, located just off the Hummingbird Highway in Cayo District near Belmopan City. It is over 500 acres (2 km²) in area, and various nature trails, and a cool jungle pool. The park is managed by the Belize Audubon Society.

 

Over 200 species of birds, including unusual tropical species such as the slaty ant-wren, piratic flycatcher, and red-legged honeycreeper. Species considered local specialties are tody motmot and northern nightingale-wren. The ocelot, jaguarundi, and jaguar have all been recorded in Blue Hole National Park. The Blue Hole’s cool, turquoise waters, surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses, vines and ferns are the perfect spots for a cool and relaxing dip before continuing on to your next destination.

St. Herman’s Cave and Inland Blue Hole is an all-day tour departing San Ignacio Town at 8:00 AM, returns back to town around 3:00 PM. After checking in, we gear up and make our way to St. Herman’s Cave. After the tour, we then visit the inland Blue hole.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around the site and cave. Proper footwear is recommended.

What to bring: Extra clothes, bug repellent, sunscreen, swimwear, and cameras

What is included: Lunch, guide, entrance fees, transportation, and equipment

BARTON CREEK CAVE KAYAKING/CANOE

Barton creek cave was once used by the ancient Maya, as a burial site. Yet an attractive caving option to experience it either on Kayaks or a canoe. Barton Creek Cave is located in the central Cayo District; it is accessible from the village of Georgeville or Cristo Rey road.

The site has many cultural remains that was once used by the Maya. Cave formations, Artifacts, hearths modified and human skeletons remains were deposited on cave ledges as part of the ritual activities.

Archaeological investigations found that the Maya began utilizing the site some 1,800 years ago, during the Early Classic Period (around AD 250). During the Late Classic period ritual activity increased substantially but eventually terminated around AD 900. Although Barton Creek Cave is several kilometers long, cultural remains have only been found within the first kilometer.

 

Barton Creek is a half-day tour departing San Ignacio at 8:00 AM and returning to town around 2:00 PM. Drive time to Barton Creek, 1.5 hours one way.On site there is a picnic area and restrooms.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for kayaking.

What to bring: Extra clothes, bug repellent, swimwear and water-proof cameras

What is included: Transportation, Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and equipment’s

CRYSTAL CAVE

Crystal Cave is located, within the Inland Blue Hole National Park.Its a karst limestone cave which has been formed by water erosion. The unique things that make Crystal Cave one of the best dry cave is the countless formations and with crystalline quartz throughout the cave’s floor and walls.

The floor and walls reflect the light and appear like diamonds shiny with different shades of color by mineral deposits. Its entrance is on a mountain top and to get in you descend to the bottom of the mountain rather than walking up.

Fire pits, exposing the ashes of ancient fires, charcoal pieces, beads, obsidian knives, ceramics & broken pottery, a human skeleton – calcified in the limestone floor- are all evidence of the flourishing ancient Maya civilization that once used the caves.

Crystal Cave is an all-day tour which starts as early as 7:00 AM and returns to town around 5:00 PM. Drive time to the Inland Blue Hole National Park is about 1.5 hour from San Ignacio Town. Our adventure begins with a 45 minute hike from the parking lot to the entrance of the cave. The hike take us through secondary highland broad-leaf vegetation with a dense canopy that provides an excellent amount of shade. The terrain is mountainous,  25 minutes is spend on low trail. The cave provides caverns with a little bit of everything when it comes to caving walking, crawling, sliding and climbing.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking on terrain and in cave. Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: Bug repellent and cameras.

What is included: Transportation, guide,Lunch, entrance fees, and equipment’s.

ALTUN HA (ROCKSTONE POND)

Altun Ha (Rockstone water) was first settled somewhere around 250 BC, with construction of the buildings sometime around 100 AD.Continuing throughout the Classic period, that ended in the 10th century.

It’s a small but surprisingly rich major ceremonial center, occupied during the Classic Period. Altun Ha was an ancient Maya community of great complexity, a wealthy ceremonial center and was a significant trading point as well.Evidenced has shown, large amounts of jade and obsidian excavated here in the early sixties and seventies.

The site boasts two main plazas, thirteen structures (including the Temple of Sun God or the Temple of the Masonry Altars). The Jade Head representing the Sun God was the most significant find which is approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three quarter pounds.

Altun Ha is approximately six miles from the Caribbean Sea. Thirty-one miles just north of Belize City. The site forms part of a unique cultural zone along with other coastal sites. Altun Ha is an all-day tour, which leaves as early as 6:00 AM  from San Ignacio Town and returns to town around 4:00 PM. Drive time is about 2.5 hours from San Ignacio.

Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing light weight clothing for hiking around site and Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen,hats,sunglasses and cameras.

What is included: Lunch,water,sodas,snacks, guide, entrance fees, and transportation

TIKAL DAY TOUR (PLACE OF MANY VOICES)

Curretly at the moment we are not offering tikal as a trip, due to strict regulations in guatemala and Belize. But we can offer caracol the biggest mayan site in belize.

 

Tikal is one of Guatemala’s most important tourism site, enjoyed annually by thousands of visitors from all over the world. Tikal National Park, which included the archaeological complex and the surrounding rainforest, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The name Tikal may be derived from Yucatec Maya Language, it is said to be a relatively modern name meaning “at the waterhole”. The name was apparently applied to one of the site’s ancient reservoirs by hunters and travelers in the region. It has alternatively been interpreted as meaning ” place of many voices” in Itza Maya language. Tikal, however, is not the ancient name for the site but rather the name adopted shortly after its discovery in the 1840s.

Hieroglyphic Inscriptions at the ruins refer to the ancient city as Yax Mutal or Yax Mutul, meaning “First Mutal”.There are thousands of ancient structures at Tikal and only a fraction of these have been excavated. The most prominent surviving buildings include six very large pyramids, labeled Temples I – VI, each of which support a temple structure on their summits. Some of these pyramids are over 60 meters high (200 feet). They were numbered sequentially during the early survey of the site. The tallest structure is Temple IV- measuring 70 meters (230 ft) from the plaza floor level to the top of its roof comb and two carved wooden lintels over the doorway that leads into the temple on the pyramid’s summit record a long count date. Temple IV is the largest pyramid built anywhere in the Maya region in the 8th century, and as it currently stands, is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas.

Tikal tour is a full day, departing San Ignacio at 7am,returning back to Belize western border at 4pm. It’s a 20 min drive from San Ignacio to the western Border with Guatemala. After Belize and Guatemala immigration check, no sweat or hassle, we take care of everything with ease. We would then board our transportation to Tikal, drive time 1.5hrs. On site tour, 4 hrs, it includes lunch at one of the local Guatemala restaurant, where you get to enjoy their local cuisine. After lunch and shopping, we then board our transportation back to the western border, and back to San Ignacio

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around site. Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: PASSPORTS, bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras, hats/sunglasses

What is included: Transportation, guide, Lunch, entrance fees, and border departure taxes.

 

LAMANAI (SUBMERGED CROCODILE)

Lamanai  located on the western shore of the New River Lagoon,near the village of Indian Church in the Orange Walk District. It has the longest known Maya history of occupation in the area and first settled around 900 BC. Long before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Archaeological work was first conducted in the early 1900.At lamanai take a tour and visit the Mask Temple.It is unique to the Maya Area because its the way, it has been constructed from blocks of limestone rather than from plaster over a stone core.

Lamanai is an all-day tour,departs San Ignacio Town as early as 6:30 AM and returns back around 5:00 PM. Its a 3 hr drive to the Toll Bridge in Orange walk.It includes an hr boat tour on the New River Lagoon.On site there is a visitor’s center, restrooms and a few gift shops. We spend 2 hr on site, after tour you will be serve with a delicious home made pack lunch, drinks and fresh fruits.

Level of Difficulty: Easy -Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing and Proper foot wear is recommended for hiking around site.

What to bring: Bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and/or hats/sunglasses.

What is included: Transportation, guide, Lunch,water,sodas,snacks and entrance fees.

CERROS & SANTA RITA MAYA RUINS

Cerros is located on the shore of Corozal Bay with parts of the site still under forest coverage and panoramic view of the bay below.Occupied in the Late Pre-classic period and underwent several modifications in the Classic Period. It was also an important trading center  for the importation of jade and obsidian.

SANTA RITA is located on the outskirts of Corozal Town, its just off the main road leading to the Mexican Border. The site is bordered on the east by the sea and is situated on a limestone plateau which is typical for the northern part of Belize.

Santa Rita is situated on an important trade route that ran along the length of the Caribbean Coast. Being close to the Rio Hondo and New Rivers allowed access to inland Mayan centers such as Lamanai and others in Peten. Santa Rita was particularly known for its production of high quality cacao, marine products, achiote, honey and vanilla.They were exported to neighbors in northwestern Belize, the Peten and Northern Yucatan regions. The site was first settled by Maya farmers around 1,000 BC.

Cerros/Santa Rita is an all-day which includes an over-night stay in Corozal. Departing 7:00 AM from San Ignacio Town.  Drive time to Corozal is approx: five hours. 2 hr on site. While enjoying the view of the Caribbean Sea.Making our way back to Corozal, we spend a well-earned night’s rest. Rising to a beautiful sunrise, we make our way to Santa Rita Archaeological Site.

Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around site. Proper foot wear is recommended.

What to bring: Extra clothes for over-night, bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras and/or hats/sunglasses.

What is included: Transportation,Lunch, dinner , breakfast, guide, entrance fees, and accommodation

LUBAANTUN AND NIM LI PUNIT MAYAN RUINS

LUBAANTUN: Located in the Toledo District, overlooking the village of San Pedro Colombia, one of the larger Kekchi Maya communities in southern Belize. The ancient city of Lubaantun was settled, developed, and abandoned during a relatively brief phase (AD 700-850) of the Late Classic period of Maya History.

The location of the site allowed the inhabitants to grow important cash crops such as cacao, which they exported to their neighbors in the Maya highlands in exchange for obsidian, jade and other exotic items.

One of Lubaantun’s most astonishing features is that its buildings were primarily constructed without the aid of mortar: each stone used at the site was carefully measured and cut to fit exactly with the stones it adjoins.

NIM LI PUNIT: Located along the top of a ridge in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, in southern Belize. Nim Li Punit is some 25 miles north of Punta Gorda Town. The ceremonial center consists of three major groups with monumental architecture. Archaeologists discovered more than 20 monuments at the site, treasures of a series of tombs, and a number of the carved stela.

Lubaantun/Nim Li Punit is an all-day and overnight trip in southern Belize. Departing San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, drive time five hours. After our tour, we make our way to the village of Big Falls where we will spend the overnight.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to wear: Comfortable clothing for hiking around sites. Proper footwear is recommended.

What to bring: Extra clothes for overnight, bug repellent, sunscreen, cameras, and hats/sunglasses.

What is included: Transportation, Lunch, guide, entrance fees, and accommodation.