Belize Adventure Tour 2021

Hello Adventurers !

We are Brandon and William, the adventure travel husbands, turned digital nomads who built Floppy Hat Adventures from a humble travel blog into a global adventure tour company!

We love sharing our travel stories and tips with our community of Floppy Hat Adventurers and our goal is to use our love as an interracial gay male couple to inspire people all over the world.

As we explore the world, pushing the boundaries of tolerance and acceptance while helping local communities and supporting responsible tourism, we would be delighted to take you with us on our next adventure.

We champion eco-tourism that helps local communities and the environment, and we are passionate about accessibility of tourism for the LGBTQ+ community.

Belize is a country on the forefront of the eco-tourism movement creating a kinder, more sustainable future for the world. In addition to incredible adventures in every corner of the country, we will also be working with groups in Belize that have a positive impact on their local communities and fight for environmental and LGBTQ+ rights.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your floppy hat and come join us on our journey to incredible natural wonders, ancient history, and the vibrant energy of Belize.

Will & Brandon

”We use our love, which in many places is an act of rebellion, to inspire others to travel”’
Will & Brandon

Why Belize

A Central American nation with a Caribbean vibe

One of the most diverse but least populated countries of the region, and roughly the size of Massachusetts, Belize packs a lot into a small space. It can proudly claim to be “The Jewel of Central America”.

The Caribbean coastline and islands that dot the world’s second longest Barrier reef, create a stunning playground in which to explore the ocean and beaches of this little corner of paradise.

Belize is working hard for a kinder, more sustainable future, and is progressive in enacting some of the strongest ocean conservation laws in the world, banning both trawling and offshore oil drilling, outlawing gill nets to protect its turtles, manatees, and many other marine animals, that call this protected sanctuary home.

While Belize is not the most progressive country on LGBTQ+ rights (Costa Rica was recently the first in Central America to legalize gay marriage), there are groups within Belize doing hard work to advance equal rights for all. And with a less conservative political climate than some of its neighbours, there is hope for the future of LGBTQ+ communities in Belize. 

The Wonders of Belize

As we travel through Belize we will discover in the midst of rolling hills,  Belize’s most impressive wonders.

The Chiquibul National Park

The park forms part of the largest, uninterrupted block of tropical forest north of the Amazon and the largest cave system in the western hemisphere.

The park surrounds the important archaeological reserve of Caracol, the largest and most impressive of Belize’s Mayan sites.

The Southern Coast

Affectionately referred to as the ‘coast with the most’ this region of Belize is the cultural centre of the Garifuna Community.

Descended from shipwrecked Africans who mixed with Carib and Arawak Indians on the Island of St. Vincent, the Garifuna community is rich in the culture and traditions of these peoples.

In 2001, UNESCO declared the Garifuna culture a ‘’Masterpiece of the oral and intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

Many towns and villages along the southern coast are home to the Garifuna and their distinctive cuisine and drumming are a part of Belize’s coastal life.

Journey Highlights

Into the Barrier Reef

The  Belizean Coast is home to the second largest great barrier reef in the world, while the ‘Blue Hole’ is routinely ranked one of the top three diving spots in the world. Whether snorkeling or diving, you’re going to experience an incredible marine ecosystem.

Into the Mayan Jungle

We head deep into one of Central America’s largest national park and forest reserve systems. We’ll live, eat, sleep, and spend time with Belizean Forest researchers, learning about their job while exploring, caving, hiking, and visiting the Jewel in the crown of  Mayan ruins

Into the Community

As we explore this stunning country, we will learn what its means to live as a Belizean local. We will work with the Belize Youth Empowerment League on a river clean up and share amazing food and music with the Garifuna community on the coast. 

 

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Our journey begins on the Island of Ambergis Caye,

Belize’s  ‘Isla Bonita’. 

We will meet you at the airport or ferry terminal, depending on which route you chose to take from the International airport of Belize City.

It’s a short walk to the pool bar of our hotel on the edge of the colourful, bustling island capital. After a welcome drink and check in, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to settle in, freshen up and relax by the pool or in one of the hammocks overlooking the Caribbean sea. 

Early evening join us for Sundowners and Shrimp Cervices as the sun goes down before we head into town for dinner

Our Accommodation is the Sunbreezes Hotel tonight on a room only basis

 

Day 2: Thursday 11 November 2021

Grab your sunscreen and floppy hat as we head out on our privately chartered boat for a day of amazing snorkelling in the underwater world of Belize’s barrier reef at Hol Chan, the second largest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Hol Chan, which means ‘little channel’ in Mayan, is Belize’s oldest marine reserve. Highlights include a narrow cut through the reef just 23m wide and 9m deep which is aptly named Shark Ray Alley.

Are you ready to make your way through the ‘little channel?’

Sharks, rays, turtles, and manatees inhabit the Hol Chan reserve, along with over 160 species of fish and 40 species of coral. A day of up close and dramatic underwater moments awaits you.

Lunch is served on board and Rum cocktails make the homeward sailing under a setting sun a perfect ending to a perfect start to our Belizean adventure!

Our accommodation is the Sunbreezes Hotel where Breakfast and Lunch are included today

 

Day 3: Friday 12 November 2021

Today we haven’t included any activities so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore your way.  We recommend visiting The Great Blue Hole – routinely ranked among the world’s top five dive spots – is among Belize’s most famous attractions.

Experienced qualified divers – a full day trip can be arranged with a local dive operators to explore the underwater world of the Great Blue Hole.

Love to fly –  Take the sightseeing flight leaving San Pedro airport for the short but spectacular flight over the Blue Hole. It’s a perspective you simply cannot get any other way.

Rather stay on land – Hiring a golf cart is a popular and fun way to explore Ambergis Caye or the smaller sister island of Caye Caulker. You can also take the popular trip by ferry, to wander the sand streets and enjoy a lazy lunch.

If you would like to opt for one of the following options we can make the arrangements on your behalf.

We’ll all meet up at the end of day and share tales over a drink by the pool before heading out for dinner.

Our accommodation is the Sunbreezes Hotel with Breakfast included

Day 4: Saturday 13 November 2021

After a late breakfast we head for the mainland on the Belize ferry and make our way to Belmopan, the nation’s capital.

Located near the Belize River Valley with a view of the Mountain Pine Ridge foothills, Belize is one of the smallest capitals in the Americas, with a population of just under 17,000.

This is where we will meet up with the Belize Youth Empowerment League to do some work giving back to the community. We will join Kevin Mendez, founder of BYEL, for a workshop learning about the work BYEL does on behalf of disadvantaged, LGBTQ+, and other minority populations in Belize.

After dinner and a workshop, it’s time for bed as we prepare for a big day five!

Our accommodation is the Belmopan Hotel where Breakfast is included

 

Day 5: Sunday 14 November 2021

It will be an early day on day five as we meet up with Kevin Mendez and others, in partnership with the Belize Department of the Environment, to do a trash cleanup activity at Mount Pleasant Creek. During our activity we will explore the creek and clean while learning more about the history and culture of the area.

After a rewarding morning giving back, we’ll bid farewell to Kevin and BYEL, have a quick lunch, then head ‘off grid’ deep into the interior of Belize’s largest National Park, the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.

On arrival at the Las Cuevas Research Station deep within the Chiquibul Jungle, we will take a short hike to the Observation tower and witness our first amazing sunset over the Chiquibul. As the sun sets, we’ll hear the night sounds of the forest come alive before heading back for dinner.

Tonight we stay at the LCRS in a shared cabin / bunk house with Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 6: Monday 15 November 2021

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the forest in time for an early breakfast before we head out for the day.

The Chiquibul is a place of towering trees, spectacular jungle streams, and an underground cave system which includes two of the largest caverns in the world.

The National Park is home to numerous endangered animals and the work of the park rangers and anti poaching patrols plays an important role for the Scarlet Macaw, of which there are only 1,000 individuals left in the wild.

Today half the group will journey to the Challillio Lake heading up the Mascal and Rascapulo rivers to visit the rangers who watch over and protect the Scarlet Macaws. The other half of the group will remain at the camp taking the trails, learnng about the work of the FCD and the projects at the Las Cuevas station.

Tonight we stay at the LCRS in a shared cabin / bunk house with Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included.

Day 7: Tuesday 16 November 2021

Today after breakfast the group switches around.

Those remaining at the station each day will have the chance to explore the closest cave.

Las Cuevas, originally referred to as the ‘Awe Cave’ is the most heavily modified cave in the Mundo Maya cave system.

At the centre of the cave are five stairways leading to a cenote with a live natural spring. Fifty eight separate platforms connected by stairways indicate this cave was used for large and well organised ceremonies by ancient Mayans.

Tonight we stay at the LCRS in a shared cabin / bunk house with Breakfast, lunch and Dinner included.

Day 8: Wednesday 17 November 2021

Wake up for an early departure as we say farewell to our friends at the Chiquibul Ranger Station and leave the reserve to make our way to Caracol, where we will marvel at Belize’s largest and most impressive Mayan Ruins complex.

First occupied in 1200 BC and thought to have survived the initial collapse of the Mayan Empire, the extensive site has more than 35,000 known buildings and 100 tombs.

A lucky group gets an early start as we’ll avoid the crowds. We’ll then depart after a picnic lunch heading to the north of the Pine Ridge Mountain region, stopping off for a swim at Rio on pools.

We’ll arrive at Calico Jacks and have the evening off to relax by the pool before dinner which is followed by a talk on sustainable economic and community development.

Our accommodation is at Calico Jacks in shared 2 bedroom villas and lofts with Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 9: Thursday 18 November 2021

The early bird catches the worm as we make an early departure for the Actun Tunichil Mukhal (ATM) Cave for one of Belize’s top caving experiences.

We’ll start with a short hike through the thick jungle canopy before reaching the cave entrance. From there, we will be swimming, wading, and twisting for nearly 5 kilometers through the caves with an experienced guide. It is a truly remarkable underground experience.

In Mayan, the name Actun Tunichil Mukhal translates to “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher.” Why? Because within the ATM cave system are the skeletal remains of a time when it served as a sacrificial chamber. Gazing upon them will transport you back in time. As we come out of the other side of the ATM cave system, you’ll marvel at what we’ve seen and learned.

After another day of incredible adventure in paradise it’s time to head to the coast to spend time chillaxin’ on the beaches of Southern Belize. Are you ready for another unique cultural experience?

Our accommodation is at Coconut Row / Buttonwood in shared 2 bedroom units  with Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 10: Friday 19 November 2021

After having spent an incredible time living ‘off grid,’ we’ll bring you back to the comforts of civilization to close out this epic adventure.

Welcome to Hopkins, home of the Garifuna people.

The Garifuna people are descendants of an Afro-indigenous population from the Caribbean island of St Vincent who were exiled to the Honduran coast in the eighteenth century and subsequently moved to Belize’s southern Caribbean Coast.

You will be lucky to arrive in Hopkins on Garifuna Settlements Day, a holiday traditionally celebrated with the re-enactment of the original Garifuna landings by boats coming ashore with cassava sticks, plantation suckers and sugar cane.

Music, carnival parades, and Garifuna drumming are all part of the fun in and around the towns and villages of this region. So grab your floppy hat, follow the music, and join in the fun with the Garifuna people in and around the Caribbean town of Hopkins.

Our accommodation is at Coconut Row / Buttonwood in shared 2 bedroom units with Breakfast included

Day 11: Saturday 20 November 2021

Today we’ll spend time with the team at Palmento Grove, a private cultural island destination close to Hopkins.

The opportunity to learn about eco-cultural sustainable activities that are supporting a resilient culture and people, will be part of the experience. 

We’ll take a boat ride to the island to get dressed up in the cultural outfits. before taking a walk through the Garifuna people’s historical journey, examine their food garden and walking along their herb trail. There will be lots of food tasting and coconut processing (husking, grating, and milk extraction).

We will finish the day with our Garifuna hosts making Hudut, their traditional meal with time to get to know our hosts and their families, before we will conclude the evening with a drumming lesson.

Our accommodation is at Coconut Row / Buttonwood in shared 2 bedroom units with Breakfast included

Day 12; Sunday 21 November 2021

Finally, it’s time to pack up and head for home after our amazing adventure.

With the energy and spirit of the Garifuna in your heart and memories of the incredible diversity of this small Central American nation in your mind, you will leave Belize with a stronger vision for a kinder, more sustainable future.

To give you flexibility to extend your stay or travel further in the country, a return transfer has not been included within the tour price. 

You are free to either travel by land or take the short flight from nearby Dangriga to Belize.

Subject to demand we can arrange a group road transfer to Belize airport to connect with outbound flights to (please inquire with us for further details).

How to book your place

To register your interest in this trip to the Belize, please

If you have any questions about the trip please email info@inspiredventures.co.uk.

The price of the trip is $3699. A deposit of $500 will be due upfront, followed by the remainder of the trip price, which will be due 90 days before the trip departs.

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