This seven-day adventure combines the best elements of Belize—the inland exploration of Mayan ruins and rainforest caves, along with several days to discover the remote coral atoll of Glover’s Reef. Perfect for active families and couples of all skill levels, this itinerary offers the flexibility to relax, paddle, snorkel, dive, and sea kayak, depending on your preference.

Highlights

  • Hike through the rainforest to explore the underground Che Chem Ha Cave
  • Navigate by sea kayak to Middle Caye
  • Snorkel the lively western wall of Glover's Reef Atoll

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Belize San Ignacio
Day 2 Xunantunich and Che Chem Ha Mayan Cave Tours San Ignacio
Days 3-6 Explore Glover's Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye Middle Caye
Day 7 Departure From Belize  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Belize

Cahal Pech Village Resort
Cahal Pech Village Resort

When you arrive at the Belize International Airport, you will be met by a travel representative and transferred to Cahal Pech Village Resort—a picturesque lodge with a view overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of the Cayo District in Western Belize. This is an ideal starting point for your adventure.

Today, take some time to get in tune with the rhythm of Belize and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Once you arrive at your accommodations, take some time to explore and unwind until enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Xunantunich and Che Chem Ha Mayan cave tours

Mayan Pots in Che Chem Ha Caves
Mayan pots in the Che Chem Ha Caves

Today includes a full day of adventure and discovery. Your first mission is to venture into the jungle to explore the underground archaeological site of the Che Chem Ha Cave system. You’ll hike 30 minutes through the rainforest, and up into a multi-chambered series of caves, rich with geological formations, ancient ceremonial altars, Mayan artifacts, and relics. After 1.5 hours in the cave, you’ll hike further downhill to lunch, which will be served by your hosts in a spectacular setting overlooking the Macal River valley.

The next adventure is the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. It’s a short drive, and then you will cross the Mopan River on a ferry. Situated on the banks of the river, you will travel back through centuries to the world of early kings, temples, plazas, and the renowned ball courts of this ancient city.

In the evening, you can stroll into San Ignacio, meet the local people, and enjoy dinner on your own.

Days 3-6: Explore Glover's Reef Basecamp on Southwest Caye

Sea Kayaking Glover's Reef
Go sea kayaking at Glover's Reef

You’ll depart early in the morning and ride along the scenic Hummingbird Highway, through the rainforest and to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here, you’ll board a charter boat to a remote basecamp on Southwest Caye, which is located in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment, before settling into your tented, ocean view cabana. Then, your guides will provide professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tropical water safety. After training, enjoy a paddle to a nearby patch reef, and start exploring some of the 700 snorkel sites Glover’s Reef Atoll has to offer. 

Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and has some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear, with a rich reef ecosystem. Glover’s Reef is part of the world-famous Great Belize Barrier Reef, a protected marine park and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site 36 miles off the shore of mainland Belize. It is the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and the second-largest in the world—second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Your itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate both individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, standup paddleboarding, and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, you can attend informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows your guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book.

Day 7: Departure from Belize

Basecamp Sunsets at Glover' Reef, Belize
Sunset over Glover's Reef

Wake up early on this final morning, and enjoy coffee on the dock one last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Your boat charter typically departs around midmorning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, and you’ll have access to guides who will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.

Map

Map of Experience Belize: Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - 7 Days
Map of Experience Belize: Glover's Reef & Mayan Caves - 7 Days