Day 1: Owning your Experience; San Ignacio Area

Welcome to Belize and to the experiential adventure of a lifetime! Your guide/driver will meet you at the airport, and then you leave the city far behind as you drive through Belize’s capital city of Mopan and the town of San Ignacio, on your way to Western Belize. Your home for the next couple days is an family-owned lodge on the banks of the Macal River, where you are likely to be woken to the sounds of Howler Monkeys at dawn. Settle into your lodge and enjoy our first Belizean meal.
Overnight: San Ignacio Area

Day 2: World of the Maya; San Ignacio Area

After a delicious breakfast including tropical fruits, go for an exhilarating horseback ride through the Nature Reserve, exploring the subtropical broadleaf forest past ancient Mayan sites still covered in “bush”. Along your ride you learn about medicinal and useful rainforest plants that are native to this forest as you become comfortable on horseback. After lunch it’s time for an exploration of Belize and the Mundo Maya with a journey to Xunantunich, the first major Mayan ruin in Belize to be excavated and made available for tourist visits. You cross the Mopan River on a hand-winched cable-ferry to visit the “Stone Maiden,” a late Classic Mayan site, built during A.D. 600-900. It contains three ceremonial plazas surrounded by small house mounds, and “El Castillo”, the tallest Mayan structure in Belize. Enjoy the river at your lodge this afternoon for some down time!
Overnight: San Ignacio Area

Day 3: Rainforest Wonders; San Ignacio Area

Prepare for a day of adventure! Today you drive to Caves Branch where you can cool off in the clear blue waters Caves Branch River on our ziplining and tubing adventure. You drive about an hour to get to the river, where you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the jungle on a 45 minute zipline adventure. Then you take a short hike through “the bush” with your tubes, exploring limestone caves along the way, and finally jump in the clear blue water and begin your mystical float through the ancient caves.
Overnight: San Ignacio Area

Day 4: Mayan Underworld; San Ignacio Area
Today you plunge into the complexities of Mayan religion and rituals, visiting a sacred site in the Mayan “Underworld”

Today is a stunning journey into the depths of the Mayan cosmology and world view. After a 45-minute hike from the van, you visit the cave at Actun Tunichal Mucknal. You wade, swim, and climb in the cave in order to see stalagmite and stalactite formations and Mayan pottery from ceremonies performed inside the cave as well as skeletal remains of Mayan sacrifice victims. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon. On site you can enjoy relaxing by the river or going for a swim.
Overnight: San Ignacio Area

Day 5: To the Sea!
You explore a very different Belizean ecosystem over the next few days

After breakfast, you say goodbye to “the Cayo” and head towards the coast, where you take a two hour boat ride to Lighthouse Reef Atoll – Belize’s most easterly islands, 50 miles offshore. You arrive on Long Caye, a small private island consisting of healthy lagoons and mangrove ecosystems that are important habitat for many marine animals and migrating birds. You settle into our beachfront lodge on our tiny private island and enjoy our first freshly-caught meal.
Overnight: Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Day 6: Life on the Coral Reef; Belizean Cayes
Today you connect with the beauty and diversity of the sea, focusing on unique adaptations and relationships among species

Today you are introduced to the magnificent world under the sea. The reefs in this area are the least affected by runoff from the mainland, and thus are known to be some of the most vibrant and pristine in Belize. You get a first hand appreciation for the diversity and fragility of the coral reef ecosystems, focusing on the interconnectedness of species and habitats. After lunch you have the chance to explore the mangrove ecosystems of the island or take kayaks or bikes out for a spin around the island.
Overnight: Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Day 7: The Future of the Seas; Belizean Cayes

You head out in the boat again today, towards the neighboring island of Half Moon Caye, Belize’s first protected area. As you get near, you begin to see and hear the beauty of what protecting this island has meant: the only nesting site of Red-Footed Booby sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere, besides the Galapagos. You can snorkel the reef offshore today, keeping our eyes peeled for large rays, sea turtles and several species of sharks!
Overnight: Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Day 8: Home with Inspiration!

After your final breakfast on the island, take a boat ride back to the mainland. Then head to the airport to fly home with inspiration and memories to last a lifetime from your Chill Expedition!
Included:   Breakfast, Transportation to the Airport