Arrive at Belize Airport and meet with a representative who will review your itinerary with you and assist you with before your flight to Punta Gorda. It's a small village with a laid-back vibe, where the jungle meets the ocean. Upon arrival, you'll have a transfer to a eco-lodge outside the village, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.
Today, visit the Mayan ruins at Lubaantun. Meaning "place of fallen stones" this classic period site has been abandoned for more than 1000 years. After visiting this site, you will have a short hike through the jungle to the famous Hokeb Ha Cave, where you can enjoy a swim in the sparkling water, as stalactites loom overhead. After this adventure, finish with lunch in a local café, or learn more about Mayan life and join your guide's family for a meal.(Accommodations, Punta Gorda)
Enjoy a Half Day Snorkel Tour. This snorkeling and reef tour takes guests to the southern end of the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve to see a variety of aquatic species including sea fans, coral, colorful tropical fish, seahorses, rays, eels, and turtles. This tour will take about 3-4 hours, and masks and snorkels will be provided. After your personal encounter with some of the friendly critters, you will be transferred back to Punta Gorda.(Accommodations, Punta Gorda)
Enjoy a free day to relax, or select an additional tour like the Farm To Flask Rum Distillery Tour of Belize's newest rum distillery, where you will be guided through the sugar cane rum-making process of Copalli Rum. From farm to flask, you'll experience each step that goes into making single-origin sugar cane rum and learn what makes it unique. Experts will teach you how to taste spirits correctly and the science behind the practice. Another option is the River Sunset Cruise. Spend a relaxing hour on the lush, tropical Rio Grande enjoying the sunset while sipping on a cold beverage aboard a comfortable, covered eight seat catamaran. Bring along bug spray and light clothing for an enjoyable evening.(Accommodations, Punta Gorda)
After breakfast, meet your driver for a private 2-hour transfer up the coast to Hopkins, known for its sandy beaches and the heart of the Garifuna community. This beach town is a must visit for travelers looking for barefoot luxury, and authentic culture. Upon arrival and checking into your hotel, relax at the pool, or enjoy the beach with a dip into the warm, turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean.(Accommodations, Hopkins)
An exciting day awaits you with a visit to the Jaguar Reserve along with a Chocolate Tour. Cockscomb Basin is renowned for being the world's first and only jaguar preserve with over 128,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest. It's home to all five of Belize's large cats: jaguar, puma, margay, jaguarundi, and ocelot. You'll explore the jungle trails of this flora and fauna sanctuary with a naturalist tour guide. After your hike, grab some lunch before heading over to a nearby cacao farm. You'll get a front row seat to the ancient practice of chocolate making. You'll learn everything there is to know about chocolate, including its many healthy properties, and how the ancient Maya civilizations used cacao beans as currency.(Accommodations, Hopkins)
Enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure with a Cave Tubing and Ziplining experience, as you'll spend your day enjoying the crystal blue waters of St. Herman's National Park. A scenic drive through Belize's citrus and banana farms brings you to St. Herman's. You'll start with a short 15-minute hike led by a knowledgeable local guide, where you'll learn about the cave's archaeology and the geology of the surrounding Maya Mountain. Your guide will hand out head-lamps, and then you'll settle in and spend the next two hours lazily floating on inflated inner tubes assisted by gentle currents through the "Maya Underworld". After lunch, experience the thrill of zipping high above the rainforest canopy and get a bird's eye perspective of the beautiful scenery. After this exhilarating day, you'll return to your hotel.(Accommodations, Hopkins)
After breakfast, meet your guide for a Garifuna Cultural and Culinary Adventure. This tour offers an enriching experience that completely immerses you in the culture and traditions of the Garifuna people. Long hailed as "the teachers of Belize", your Garifuna hosts, dressed in traditional attire, will teach you about the history and tradition of one of Belize's prominent ethnic groups. You'll learn about the many magical and beneficial properties of the coconut, and the art of traditional coconut harvesting, husking, grating and milk extraction. Your labor of love will be repaid many times over when you sit down to partake in a delicious Hudut - a coconut-based soup with fresh herbs and the catch of the day. Your meal will be served with pounded plantains and fried fish. At the end of the day, you'll learn the basic drumming techniques of the Garifuna parranda and punta rhythms. Let the beat of the Primera and Segunda drums revitalize you and end your tour with a sweet treat, a traditional Garifuna dessert.(Accommodations, Hopkins)
Depart to Belize City, either via a private transfer, or a short flight. Once there, take your flight back to the US, or on to your next Avanti Destination!