UnCruise Belize & Guatemala - Rivers, Reefs & Cultures Adventure Cruise

7 Nights - Cruise the Belize Barrier Reef and trek into Jungles and Towns of this Carribean Paradise

Cruise Itinerary

 

Small ship adventure cruise exploring Belize and Goatemala, Central America. See Manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, birds and the trail of jaguars. Trek through Savannah, jungle and to tiered waterfalls - learn indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures. Explore the diverse area of Central America by  kayak, skiff and guided hikes on this 8 day adventure cruise.

 

 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Belize Barrier Reef - second largest coral reef in the world.
  • Hike Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, recognized as the world's first jaguar sanctuary
  • Explore the trails of birders' haven Las Escobas Tropical Rainforest Park
  • Indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures: ruins, food, music, and dance 
  • Visit two women-run organizations: Kekchi Mayan Bakery and a health center 
  • Color and flavor in Caribbean Towns: Punta Gorda and Livingston
  • Skiff the limestone cliff-lined Rio Dulce and kayak through mangroves along the Rio Sarstun
  • Snorkel, paddle, and swim at Lime, Laughing Bird, and Ranguana Cayes
  • Watch for manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, birds, and the trail of jaguars
  • Trek through savanna, jungle, and to tiered waterfalls

 

Day 1 - Belize City, Belize - Embarkation 

 

You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and swooped off to the hospitality suite before transferring to the Safari Voyager—sweeping views and a happy-to-see-you crew are the perfect welcome to your time in Belize and Guatemala.

 

Day 2 - Belize Barrier Reef

 

Start your adventure with a day of play at the beach. Explore Ranguana Caye, a private island of two acres prime for snorkeling, swimming, and paddle boarding. Take a spin around with your water toy of choice or kick back in a hammock under swaying palms and watch the fishermen off shore. Cruise to Laughing Bird Caye National Park named after Belize’s laughing gull. Head out in your kayak or go for a guided snorkel where angelfish, parrotfish, tangs, sea sponges, and elkhorn, staghorn, and brain coral flicker beneath the clear waters. Set sail for Guatemala with a sunset happy hour!

 

Day 3 - Las Escobas Rainforest / Tapon Creek Nature Reserve, Guatemala

 

Today is boots-on-the-ground in Guatemala. Kick off your day with an early morning hike through Las Escobas Tropical Rainforest Park, a birder’s paradise and home to more than 400 species of plants and animals. Toucans and parrots lure you to refreshing pools and waterfalls. To round out your big morning, sit back and rest your legs as you learn about the Garifuna culture firsthand through stories, song, and snacks. This afternoon, you have a choice in Tapon Creek Nature Reserve, covering more than 1,600 acres of Guatemala's lowland forests. You can take it easy on a skiff and stroll, or hard charge it through the jungle with your guide. The area protects endangered species including tapirs, howler monkeys, and jaguars.

 

Day 4 - Rio Sarstun / Rio Dulce / Livingston, Guatemala

 

Get to know the locals today with visits to the Kekchi Mayan Women’s Bakery and a women’s health clinic, each enriching the community in its own way. Then explore along the “sweet river,” the Rio Dulce. Glide past limestone cliffs where North American and Caribbean plates meet and jungles of howler monkeys and toucans tower above. Take it all in or grab a kayak and cruise the mangroves of lily pads past thatch-roofed homes. Stretch your legs in charming Livingston, a town perched on a hill lined with palms and packed with bustling shops and Caribbean flair. Go for an amble or take it up a notch with an optional hike from town to the Seven Altars waterfalls. The cooling waters ripple and cascade, never letting you forget that you’re in paradise.

 

Day 5 - Punta Gorda, Belize 

 

Good morning, Punta Gorda! It’s market day and there’s something for everybody—wooden and woven crafts, produce, chilies, and tamales. Try a ripe mango or taste the local cassava as you stroll past primary-colored buildings and delve deeper into history with a trip to Mayan ruins. In the afternoon when it’s time to cool off, the cayes call with white sands and from-the-beach or hop-off-a-skiff snorkeling. Sergeant major, purple reef fish, and damselfish zip below as pelicans sweep by overhead.

 

Day 6 - Payne's Creek National Park

 

Beat the heat and head for land early. Get acquainted with this lush corner of Belize via a birdwatching skiff tour, hard-charging hike through the park’s savannah, or kayak through the mangroves. Black howler monkeys, white tail deer, crocodiles, and over 300 species of birds may join you along your way. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the ripples of a manatee. Bellies full after lunch, spend an easy afternoon at a private island, kayaking or snorkeling in Lime Caye.

 

Day 7 - Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 

 

A jungle like no other. This protected area offers a range of hikes from easy ambles to thigh burners—all boasting incredible wildlife. Hear the call of a Crested Guan, Red-capped Manakin, Black-headed Trogon, or Amazon kingfisher. Keep your eyes up to arching palms and heart-shaped leaves tumbling from the trees or to the forest floor where leafcutter ants are on the move. A smooshed patch of grass and paw print mean the elusive jaguar may have shared your path—rest assured he’s the hardest charger of them all and is far along his journey. After your trek, soak in a lazy river in an inner tube or further your studies at the park’s museum. Back on the Safari Voyager, relive your week with the Captain’s Dinner and slideshow treat.

 

Day 8 - Belize City - Belize - Disembarkation

 

Linger over one last fresh baked pastry as you bid farewell to the Caribbean. Hugs all around to your crew and fellow travelers before your transfer to the Belize City Airport.

 

Price From: £4130 per person

 

Price Includes: Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats.

 

Not Included: International flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

 

Departure Dates:

 

2020: Dec 5th 

2021: Nov 21st, Nov 28th, July 17th, July 24th, July 31st, August 7th, August 14th, October 16th, October 23rd, Ocotber 30th.

 

Vessel - Safari Voyager

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