Belize vacation, discover Belize

“An active 15 day, small group tour of Belize, including Maya ruins, wildlife sanctuaries and the Belize Barrier Reef. Two days in Guatemala. ”

Highlights

Belize City | Altun Ha | Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary | Lagoon boat ride | Lamanai | Community Baboon Sanctuary | Placencia | Belize Barrier Reef | Laughing Bird Caye | Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve | Xunantunich | Guatemala : Tikal | Caye Caulker

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize vacation, discover Belize

Environment

All hotels and transport are locally owned. We support the Mayan community at the Cockscomb sanctuary: a small community of Mayan ladies survive on the production of their traditional crafts. We also donate to and visit the Baboon Sanctuary an area designated for the protection of the howler monkeys. Where we use local providers for excursions such as lamanai and the snorkelling trips our local crew are trained in and brief on responsible tourism and the protection of the flora and fauna (coral reefs) in the area.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

Community

Belize is still largely untouristy on the mainland, and many of the communities survive off the tourism economy and are engaged with protecting their local environment, whether it be jungle, wetland or reef. At the Crooked Tree Wildlife Reserve you will visit the Belize Audobon Society's ranger station, which does a lot of work into educating the young people in the area in wildlife protection.

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Reviewed on 17 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Birdwatching with experts and seeing Howler Monkeys at close quarters

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It is very humid even in the dry season

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic vacation

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


My first sight of a Maya temple through the jungle, watching a whole family of coatimundis cross the path at Tikal, & swimming with a spotted eagle ray.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take time to enjoy the moments and remember the sights, rather than trying to take photos of everything.... and take a brolly for the warm rain :-)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We stayed in locally owned hotels, ate in locally owned restaurants and used ( and tipped) local guides at all sites and snorkeling trips. We minimised our plastic waste and were careful not to damage the reefs where we snorkeled. We visited several reserves and conservation projects which were supported by our entry fees.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great. Chris was an excellent group leader - his local knowledge gave us a real insight into Belize - it's people, history and wildlife. I went hoping for Maya sites, jungle wildlife and snorkelling. All were superb.

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