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Discover Belize BL

Trip Duration 14 Days
 

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Discover BelizeScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 16 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Rob and Laura

Leamington Spa
Our tour guide Wilfred Garbutt is an absolute credit to Explore and his beautiful country. He welcomed us all at the airport with a warm smile and from day 1 had great knowledge of all the sites, the wildlife, the history of Belize and it's eclectic mix of people. The driver Elias complemented Wilfred and the tour with his excellent birding skills. He was so much more than just the driver, stopping his bus when he could safely and pointing out the wildlife. My Fiancee was so impressed with Wilfred's and Elias' enthusiasm that it has re-ignited her childhood birdwatching devotion.

The itinerary was spot on and we felt that the amount of travel time was very minimal and well thought out compared to previous tours. This allowed us to really immerse ourselves in all that Belize has to offer. The highlights are too many to list, but the 2 beach breaks made us feel a million miles away from home and all the stresses of life (relaxing with a few Belikin Beers or Panty Rippers whilst watching the sun set over the Caribbean, has to be as close to perfect as it gets!) We also particularly enjoyed the Crooked Tree Sanctuary, seeing 50+ varieties of Birds on our first morning. The Mayan sites were fascinating and found that Wilfred ensured we went at the perfect times to avoid the crowds- sometimes having the sites almost all to ourselves. This made us feel very special and we were able to connect emotionally to our environment and reflect on all our newfound knowledge. We explored the site at Cahal Pech on our own and realised just how much we had learned in a short space of time. Tikal was truly magical- the sound of a Guatemalan stand-off between 2 troops of Howler Monkeys at 2am was pretty amazing and an unusual alarm call! Snorkelling off Caye Caulker was also an unforgettable experience.... This list really is endless!

Our small, varied group of 10 (an element uncontrollable by Explore, but nonetheless, shouldn't go without comment) got on famously with Wilfred's light hearted banter and encouragement. We feel really lucky to have shared our holiday with Wilfred, Elias and our fellow travellers and it was a very sad farewell at the end of our adventure, with lots of tears, but newfound friendships and the feeling that we had all experienced one of the best trips ever.

The only reason we haven't given this trip top marks is because the overnight accomodation at the Sleep Inn near Miami airport was poor (dated hotel and with strong aroma of cigarette smoke in a non-smoking room, no restaurant and no bar for weary travellers to re-fuel, re-hydrate and refresh quickly for the onward journey.)

We are already planning our next trip with Explore (and possibly a return to Belize for our long awaited wedding!.......)
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Lucy

ash vale
My boyfriend and I both thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was a perfect combination of seeing all the highlights of Belize and of time to rest/do your own thing. As I work long hours the relaxation element was important, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday to others.

Wilfred was a great tour guide -justifiably proud of his country and really knowledgeable. His humour and enthusiasm made him good company and he really looked after us all. As said by others Elias is also a real boon for birders - he has amazing eyesight!

There were a lot of highlights -for me as a novice snorkeller I would say the Hol Chan snorkel trip was a standout because it was so easy and we saw sharks, rays and had a fantastic sighting of a turtle. I had been nervous because others in the group were experienced snorkelers and I thought I would be a drag but Wilfred assured me he would make sure I was OK and I had a great time.

There are too many good things to say about the trip so instead I will urge you to book it and see for yourself!
Confirmed traveller: 27 March 2016
Published on: 05 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Simon

London
One of the best Explore holidays we have done - enjoyed the country, the climate, our fellow travellers and thought the tour guide was amazing. Almost several small holidays with relaxation between; birdwatching followed by time on the beach and then Tikal followed by an even better beach resort.
Confirmed traveller: 27 March 2016
Published on: 05 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Jessica

Bristol
Fabulous country! Great tour as so varied.
Nature:inland lagoon with fabulous bird life and some animals and tropical jungle with lush vegetation.
History: great Mayan ruins.
Sea: good snorkelling,golden palm-fringed sands.

Not too much travelling as such a small country and really friendly people.
Great to see people of such different origins living together in apparent harmony
And - best of all. Glorious weather!
Confirmed traveller: 27 March 2016
Published on: 07 April 2016
(9 out of 10)

Bruce

London
Our leader, Wilfred Garbutt, was excellent in every way, and was careful about details to make our trip even better. The group was more than congenial. We were taken to the best that Belize has to offer - from the Mayan ruins to the howler monkey sanctuary to small local restaurants, to lovely Caribbean beaches. We had no health problems at all. We birders were fortunate in that most were interested in the loud, large, colourful birds, and we had time to observe them. We especially enjoyed spectacular Tikal, actually in Guatemala, where the howler monkeys entertained us at 4 am, and the spider monkeys trained for the Cirque du Soleil.
Confirmed traveller: 26 March 2016
Published on: 29 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Katie

Coventry
I have done a number of tours with Explore which have all been excellent but I think this may be my favourite. The itinerary is excellent and well thought out with a great variety of activities.
Wilfred was our guide and he should definitely be nominated for Tour Leader of the Year as he was fabulous. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about his country, which he clearly loves, and has the eyes of an eagle when it comes to spotting wildlife and was great fun while also being exceptionally responsible. Elias, our driver, was also great and again excellent at spotting wildlife.
I loved everywhere we went but I think Caye Caulker has to be my favourite due to the lovely laid back vibe and excellent snorkelling trips - snorkelling with sharks, rays and turtles were just magical.
Definitely do this trip!
Confirmed traveller: 06 March 2016
Published on: 12 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Brendan

Farnham, Surrey
This trip was brilliant. There was a mixture of accommodation standards which overall exceeded our expectation for a general tour standard. The itinerary was varied and very interesting and a lot was packed into a small amount of time. The only reason it did not score 10 out of 10 is on Caye Caulker there was no real alternative to the snorkeling trips, where one of the party does not snorkel.
One of the high points of the tour was Wilfred the tour leader who ensured all ran smoothly. Above and beyond that, he lead a number of early morning walks in addition to those in the itinerary that just added to the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend this tour.
Confirmed traveller: 05 March 2016
Published on: 08 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Godfrey

Kenilworth
An excellent all round trip which included the flora and fauna of Belize. with fabulous opportunities for snorkelling to see sharks and rays. The Mayan citadels were awe inspiring with some of the smaller sites being just as evocative as the larger ones. Don't miss boating through a cave system to see a Mayan burial site and canoeing down rivers with wildlife on its banks.
Chris our guide who lives in Belize was an absolute fountain of knowledge and his enthusiasm and support never wavered.
Confirmed traveller: 31 January 2016
Published on: 18 February 2016
(9 out of 10)

Peter

Yorkshire
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was a well-balanced and varied itinerary. The wildlife, bird watching and snorkelling were all good, and we really enjoyed all the Mayan sites and visits were planned at quiet times.
The optional activities were expensive to buy into, on the other hand we spent less on food than was suggested.
Flying back via Dallas was quick, friendly and easy, unlike the outward journey via Miami.
Had we known in advance and had our overnight requirements for Miami organised, we could have checked our luggage from Heathrow direct to Belize City.

Our Tour Leader, Chris, was the best we have ever had on any Explore holiday; he was exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful, and had excellent relationships with all the locals with whom we came into contact and everything ran very smoothly.
Confirmed traveller: 31 January 2016
Published on: 20 February 2016
(9 out of 10)

Lynn

Nottingham
There were so many highlights. There is a great mixture of wildlife, history and beautiful beaches to enjoy in a wonderful country.
Confirmed traveller: 03 January 2016
Published on: 06 January 2016