With 10 days in Belize, you can cover three to four destinations. Consider a classic route of caves, Maya ruins, and snorkeling around Ambergris Caye, or spend time in the Cayo District—a starting point to explore parks and ecological reserves before learning about Garifuna culture in Hopkins on the coast. For a more off-the-grid experience, add a paddling adventure down the Moho River, and for divers and snorkelers, Glover's Reef Atoll is your paradise.

0Itinerary #1: Belize Adventure: From Reefs to Maya Ruins

On this classic Belize adventure, active travelers will enjoy some of the world's best snorkeling spots, rich Maya history, and a number of cayes to explore. Journey by land and sea as you swim with sharks in the Hol Chan marine reserve, step into the world of Actun Tunichil Mukna's sacrificial burials, and explore the archaeological site at Caracol. Hop over to San Pedro as a base to dance, savor fresh fish, and snorkel on Ambergris Caye. 

Spend 10 days relaxing and exploring Belize
Spend 10 days relaxing and exploring Belize
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Belize City Belize City
Day 2 Transfer to San Ignacio via Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves San Ignacio
Day 3 Hike to the Ancient Maya City of Caracol San Ignacio
Day 4 Horseback Ride to the Xunantunich Maya Ruins San Ignacio
Day 5 San Ignacio Chocolate Tour  San Ignacio
Day 6 Transfer to San Pedro & Explore Caye Caulker San Pedro
Day 7 Free Day in San Pedro San Pedro
Day 8 Snorkeling & Diving in Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley San Pedro
Day 9 Belize Cayes Sailing Cruise San Pedro
Day 10 Transfer to Belize City, Depart  

Begin your journey in Belize City. Visit the Museum of Belize to learn about Maya history and the Old Belize Marina, tour the nearby butterfly farm, or eat local ceviche. Head toward San Ignacio, your base for the next four days. En route, hike through the jungle, swim, and weave through tunnels to discover the wonders of Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Spend the following day trekking to the ancient Maya civilization in Caracol and take a break at the Rio On Pools' natural swimming holes and waterfalls to cool down. Continue your exploration, this time to Xunantunich's temples and plazas on horseback.

Your time in San Ignacio ends with a chocolate tour, where you'll learn about the history of Belizean cocoa. Afterward, explore the Rainforest Medicine Trail or take an excursion to the Cahal Pech ruins. Catch a boat to San Pedro on Day 6 to enjoy island life on Caye Caulker. On your free day, lounge on a beach, snorkel, or boat to the other cayes. See the incredible creatures below the surface in Hol Chan, a famed dive and snorkel site. You can even swim with sharks and stingrays in Shark Ray Alley. Next, sail among Belize's cayes, stopping at coral-rich Mexico Rocks before departing. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Best of Belize: Culture, Nature & History

This best-of-Belize itinerary focuses mostly on the mainland, with time spent in the Cayo District, Hopkins village, and Lime Caye to showcase cultures and culinary traditions. You'll swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters of Lime Caye, learn about chocolate production on a cacao farm tour, and experience Garifuna culture through a cooking class, dancing, and playing the drums.

See the country's incredible birds at the Belize Zoo, like this toucan
See the country's incredible birds at the Belize Zoo, like this toucan
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Belize City Belize City
Day 2 Transfer to Cayo District, Visit the Belize Zoo Cayo District
Day 3 Mountain Pine Ridge Hike Cayo District
Day 4 Explore Xunantunich  Cayo District
Day 5 Day Trip to Lime Caye & Snorkeling Cayo District
Day 6 Transfer to San Ignacio via Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves San Ignacio
Day 7 Transfer to Hopkins Village, Cahal Pech Maya Temples Tour Hopkins 
Day 8 Garifuna Culture & Culinary Tour Hopkins 
Day 9 Cacao Farm Tour & Chocolate Lunch Hopkins
Day 10 Return to Belize City, Depart  

Learn about the country's Maya history at the Museum of Belize in Belize City and take a blue morpho butterfly tour on a butterfly farm. On the way to Cayo District, you'll have time to admire the animals at the Belize Zoo, like jaguars. The following day, hike through Moutain Pine Ridge, explore its caves, and take a dip in the Hidden Valley waterfall. Day 4 is about exploring Xunantunich archaeological site and learning about ancient Maya culture. At the same time, Day 5 is for time spent on Lime Caye, part of the Belize Barrier Reef—a paradise for snorkelers and divers. Get on a boat with your gear ready or relax on the beach and embrace island life.

Journey to Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve the following day, where you can hike through the jungle to Actun Tunichil Muknal to see the cave's Maya artifacts and learn the history of its sacred burial place. The following day, wander through Cahal Pech, once the royal palace of an ancient Maya ruling family. Head to Hopkins next, a village with rich Garifuna culture. Day 8 brings a hands-on cooking experience in a Garifuna cooking class, including learning about the many ways to use a coconut. End your trip on a cacao farm tour and savor a unique lunch at the Ixcacao Maya Belizian Chocolate Factory. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Discover Belize: Rainforests, Ruins & Reefs

The pace quickens with this discovery itinerary, where you'll immerse yourself in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park rainforests, the ancient Maya ruins of Lubaatun, and Glover's Reef Atoll—perfect for travelers wanting to sample Belize's different landscapes. Go off the grid in an ecolodge in the heart of the Maya Mountains, share a traditional meal prepared at the home of a local family in a remote village, and embark on a multiday paddling and camping excursion on the Moho River.

Sea kayaking on Glover's Reef
Sea kayaking on Glover's Reef
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive & Transfer to Mayflower Bocawina National Park Silk Grass
Day 2 Visit Maya Santa Theresa & Moho River Boating Toledo
Day 3 Paddle the Moho River Toledo
Day 4 End of Moho River Journey, Transfer to Big Falls Big Falls
Day 5 Explore the Lubaantun Maya Ruins & Chocolate Farm Tour Big Falls
Day 6 Transfer to Glover's Reef Atoll Basecamp, Southwest Caye Southwest Caye
Days 7-9 Paddle & Explore Glover's Reef Atoll Southwest Caye
Day 10 Boat to Dangriga, Depart  

Settle into your rainforest resort located in the heart of the Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Then on Day 2, you'll travel overland through the countryside to the remote Maya village of Santa Theresa before sharing a traditional meal at the home of a local family, followed by the start of your multiday paddling and camping excursion on the Moho River. Learn about wildlife and gain an appreciation of the rich Maya folklore during your jungle experience paddling through canyons and lush rainforests. The next day, transfer to Big Falls—your home for the subsequent two nights.

Step back in time on Day 5 as you explore the Lubaantun Maya ruins. Then, get immersed in an inspiring cultural and culinary experience with a visit to a unique spice farm and a tasty Maya chocolate makers' experience. Return to relax and enjoy the pool at the lodge. Before you know it, you're off for the next four days in Southwest Caye, first in Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, home to more than 700 snorkeling sites, before receiving instruction on the fundamentals of kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. Finish your journey exploring Glover's Reef, paddling sea kayaks, standup paddleboarding, traditional Belizean handline fishing, and learning to sail. Learn more

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Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Belize? Check out these other Belize itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 


Map of 10 Days in Belize - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Belize - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas