4 domestic light aircraft flight; 4 road journeys or road and river journeys.
For this holiday we have chosen small, family-friendly countryside lodges which blend into the natural environment with bird- and exotic foliage-filled grounds. There are plenty of adventurous activities and excursions on offer. The beach resort, suitable for both families and honeymoons, is also mid-range.
Breakfast daily. Lunch day 9. Full board days 4,5.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.
• Guided excursion Blu Creek cave.
• Visit to Xicacao chocolate factory.
• Some activities at the lodges.
Summary of nights
12 days, 11 nights: Pook's Hill 3, Lamanai 2; Big Falls 3; Placencia 3.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
• International flights to Latin America.
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
• Departure tax (US$10.75)
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Belize is the Belize dollar which is always 2 to 1 US dollar .(US dollars also accepted).
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$45 per day per person should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir.
How to take it
Cash machines are available Belize City and so with a debit or credit card with a PIN number you can withdraw money up to the daily limit at the start of your holiday. Bear in mind that for the majority of your trip you are staying in remote locations. There are ATMs in Placencia, but untested by us and we'd hesitate to advise you to rely on them for funds. Since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds. We recommend that additionally you take most of what you are likely to spend in US dollars cash (but maybe no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency or spend directly. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused.
The Belize exchange rate is fixed at $2 Belize dollars to 1 $US. Both currencies are widely accepted.
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.
There is an international departure tax of $20 to be paid on departure, also a security tax of about $5 and a small conservation charge.
There are no long days of travel on this trip. This holiday is suitable for couples; friends; single people; families, honeymooners; history, wildlife and active adventure enthusiasts.
If you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us. In the summer (Jun-Oct) the weather can be extremely hot and humid, you might bear this in mind if travelling with small children or elderly persons.
The best weather conditions are during the dry season December to May. It can be cool in the highlands in winter, while the jungle areas are hot and humid all year round. There’s a low risk of tropical storms or hurricanes from June to November.
Clothing and special equipment
Bring plenty of light, loose and preferably cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes, trainers or sports sandals. We suggest that you plan to ‘layer’ your clothing; it is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper, and sensible to have long sleeves for areas where mosquitos or sand flies may be.
Protection against the sun (sunblock, sun hat) and mosquito repellant are essential and you should bring swimwear. A daypack is useful for carrying sun block, guidebook, water and any extra layers. Binoculars are strongly recommended.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in Central America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever inoculations and malaria tablets. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
Passengers must present a digital e-passport (one which contains a readable chip).
ESTA - if flying to, or via, the USA, you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
. This costs $14 per person, and must be applied for by you personally.
Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.