5 Day Chaa Creek Jungle Adventure
Day 1: Belize City/San Ignacio
Arrive Belize City International airport and transfer to a short 40-minute flight with panoramic views of the jungle to the San Ignacio Airstrip. Hotel staff will meet you at the airstrip and the ride to the resort takes just a few minutes.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek offers amazing grounds, a laid-back ambiance, great service, and beautiful room choices in which to rest. This magical place set in lush tropical gardens with tall swaying palm trees, sweeping views of the jungle. You can get up early and go on a hike to watch the beautiful tropical birds, or grab an inner tube and head down the river, or make your way up to the spa for a relaxing massage outside in the elements. Any way you slice it, this magnificent property will entice you with all its beauty!
Day 2: Barton Creek-Cave Canoeing
Wake up ready for an adventure into the caves. Your guide will chaperone you either by car or horseback to Barton Creek reserve park. The cave is in a remote location like many of the subterranean caverns of Belize, and was used by the ancient Mayan people for ceremonial purposes. Once geared up with a helmet and light, this relaxing, and educational canoe trip takes you inside the mountain on an ancient waterway where you can observe grand cathedral ceilings in the cave, as well as numerous formations and stalactites and stalagmites.
At the entrance of the cave we board the canoes, turn on our headlights and slowly paddle into the cave. While drifting deeper into the cave you learn about the geology, archaeology, and Mayan history. The bright lights will bring to life to the glowing crystal formations that are millions of years old. Once we reach the point where the cave and canoe meet, we turn around and glide back. Once we reach the mouth of the cave, you can jump into the clear river water for a refreshing swim, dry off and enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch. After your half day in the jungle, your guide will escort you back to your hotel where you could lay by the infinity pool overlooking the jungle while sipping on a tropical drink. Relax on your private deck or just walk the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Day 3: Bird Watching-Xunantunich RUINS
Start your day early with an early excursion on property to get educated with the beauty of the magnificent jungle birds. Grab some nummy breakfast. Get your walking shoes on and be ready for your Xunantunich Ruins adventure. Spend a few hours with your knowledgeable guide through this historical Maya site. After your few hours in the jungle, your guide will escort you back to your hotel where you could lay by the infinity pool overlooking the jungle while sipping on a tropical drink. Relax on your private deck or just walk the grounds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Day 4: Tube down the Jungle River-Marie Sharps Culinary Class
Wake up leisurely, grab some hot coffee, take the day for yourself. Tube down the jungle river, take in a massage, or just chill by the pool until you are ready to make your way into San Ignacio for a fun filled evening at the legendary Marie Sharp’s Culinary Class located at the Rainforest Haven hotel. Learn about the cuisine and food culture of Belize. Start with a visit to the market to gather your ingredients (dependent on weather conditions), then begin your hands-on culinary experience with your instructor. Prepare a variety of dishes under the tutelage of our local cook using recipes from Marie Sharp herself. Learn about the diverse Belizean cultures, try traditional preparation techniques, sample the many Marie Sharp wines, spices, and jellies and enjoy the final feast at the end of your culinary adventure.
Day 5: Depart
No activities have been planned and this morning is at your leisure. You will be transferred to the local Airstrip for return to the international airport.
Prices start at US$1995 per couple. This includes hotel for 4 nights for two people, Barton Creek Cave Canoeing for 2, Tour Xunanituch for 2 people, Marie Sharp’s Culinary Class for two. Full electronic access to your Joyful Guides. The price may vary depending on the type of hotel rooms selected and any additions or changes made to the tour destinations.
Does not include any airfare, food, or drink. Also, does not include taxes or gratuities.