Belize & Guatemala Wonders
• Belize Barrier Reef • Smithsonian Marine Field Station • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary • Punta Gorda and Livingston • Rio Dulce • Carrie Bow, Laughing Bird, and Ranguana Cayes •
On this UnCruise adventure, discover the vibrant sights and lively culture of Belize and Guatemala. Wildlife abounds in these Caribbean paradises, with jungles, savannahs, and the world's second largest coral reef waiting for you to explore. Watch for manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, colourful birdlife, and the trail of jaguars. At Belize Barrier Reef, head out in a kayak or embark on a guided snorkel, spotting all manner of marine animals along the way. Sample Mayan flavours in the small charming town of Punta Gorda, and wander the markets for wooden and woven crafts, produce, chilies, and tamales. When it's time to unwind, the beaches call with white sands and cooling waters!
Highlights Include: • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Belize Barrier Reef - second largest coral reef in the world • Hike Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, recognized as the world's first jaguar sanctuary • Explore the trails of birders' haven Las Escobas Tropical Rainforest Park • Indigenous Mayan and Garifuna cultures: ruins, food, music, and dance • Visit two women-run organizations: Kekchi Mayan Bakery and a health center • Color and flavor in Caribbean towns: Punta Gorda and Livingston • Skiff the limestone cliff-lined Rio Dulce and kayak through mangroves along the Rio Sarstun • Snorkel, paddle, and swim at Lime, Laughing Bird, and Ranguana Cayes • Watch for manatees, crocodiles, howler monkeys, birds, and the trail of jaguars • Trek through savannah, jungle, and to tiered waterfalls
Your Ship: The fleet of small boats features expedition vessels and boutique yachts - each one uniquely suited and equipped to provide an unbelievable experience. The shallow draft makes each vessel capable of nimble exploration and gives access to the places big ships cannot go. Public and private spaces are loaded with amenities and designed for casual comfort. Most vessels offer narrative Interpretation; meals; spirits/wine/beer; non-alcoholic beverages; book/DVD library,; casual atmosphere; attentive Service; fitness Equipment; open bridge ; kayaks & EZY Dock launch platform. Cabin features include: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles.
Safari Voyager: Discreet, classy, and stealth, the Safari Voyager is comfortable in warm water regions and built to handle humidity and heat. Tropical adventure, wilderness access, and the natural landscape are always at the forefront. A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly-local crew exude pura vida (pure life). Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel and in each cabin pays homage to the regions of Costa Rica and Panama. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off too - take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge.
Day 1: Belize City Welcome to the Caribbean coast! Our local representative greets you at the airport for your transfer to our hospitality area. Later, head to the Safari Voyager - sweeping views and a happy-to-see-you crew are the perfect welcome to your time in Belize and Guatemala.
Day 2: Belize City > Belize Barrier Reef Start your adventure with a day of play at the beach. Explore Ranguana Caye, a private island of two acres prime for snorkeling, swimming, and paddle boarding. Take a spin around with your water toy of choice or kick back in a hammock under swaying palms and watch the fishermen off shore. Cruise to Laughing Bird Caye National Park named after Belize's laughing gull. Head out in your kayak or go for a guided snorkel where angelfish, parrotfish, tangs, sea sponges, and elkhorn, staghorn, and brain coral flicker beneath the clear waters. As the sun sets, circle back to Ranguana Caye where an under-the-stars beach party celebrates all things Caribbean.
Day 3: Belize Barrier Reef > Payne's Creek National Park Beat the heat and head for land early. Get acquainted with this lush corner of Belize via a birdwatching skiff tour, hard charging hike through the park's savannah, or kayak through the mangroves. Black howler monkeys, white tail deer, crocodiles, and over 300 species of birds may join you along your way. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the ripples of a manatee. At Punta Negra, a class on coconut or baked goods acquaints you with the local culture in the most delicious way. Bellies full from snacks and lunch, spend the afternoon kayaking or snorkeling in Frenchman's or West Snake Caye.
Day 4: Payne's Creek National Park > Rio Dulce > Livingston Explore Guatemala by its "sweet river", the Rio Dulce. Glide past limestone cliffs where North American and Caribbean plates meet and jungles of howler monkeys and toucans tower above. Take it all in or grab a kayak and cruise the mangroves of lily pads past thatch-roofed homes. Stretch your legs in charming Livingston, a town perched on a hill lined with palms and packed with bustling shops and Caribbean flair. Go for an amble or take it up a notch with an optional hike from town to The Seven Altars waterfalls. The cooling waters ripple and cascade, never letting you forget that you're in paradise.
Day 5: Livingston > Punta Gorda Good morning, Punta Gorda! It's market day and there's something for everybody - wooden and woven crafts, produce, chilies, and tamales. Try a ripe mango or taste the local cassava as you stroll past primary colored buildings and hear a jumble of languages and dialects from the locals. For lunch, sample Mayan flavors paired with a cacao or coconut demonstration. Delve deeper into history with a trip to Mayan ruins. When it's time to cool off, the cayes call with white sands and from-the-beach or hop-off-a skiff snorkeling. Sergeant major, purple reef fish, and damselfish zip below as pelicans sweep by overhead.
Day 6: Punta Gorda > Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary A jungle like no other. This protected area offers a range of hikes from easy ambles to thigh burners - all boasting incredible wildlife. Hear the call of a Crested Guan, Red-capped Manakin, Black-headed Trogon, or Amazon kingfisher. Keep your eyes up to arching palms and heart-shaped leaves tumbling from the trees or to the forest floor where leafcutter ants are on the move. A smooshed patch of grass and paw print mean the elusive jaguar may have shared your path - rest assured he's the hardest charger of them all and is far along his journey. After your trek, soak in a lazy river in an inner tube or further your studies at the park's museum. Top off the day with a visit and cultural demonstration from the local Garifuna people.
Day 7: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary > Carrie Bow Caye Ring in your last full day in style. Sail through the outer reef with a brunch cocktail in hand on deck - this water is something to see. A blanket of turquoise is covered in giant, bright green polka dots, different in color because of the sand and seagrass beneath. Cheers to adventure and your final stop in the Belize Barrier Reef at Carrie Bow Caye. Observe scientists at work in this Smithsonian Marine Field Station, where coral, seagrass, snails, and sea turtles are up for study. But don't forget to play. Paddle boards, kayaks, and a stellar deep water snorkel with schools of blue and black fish call. Back on the Safari Voyager relive your week with the Captain's Dinner and slideshow treat.
Day 8: Carrie Bow Caye > Belize City Linger over one last fresh baked pastry as you bid farewell to the Caribbean. Hugs all around to your crew and fellow travelers before your transfer to the Belize City Airport.
• Small ship cruise onboard the Safari Voyager • 7 nights' accommodation • Onboard meals, spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages • Transfers and baggage handling between airport / vessel on embark/disembark days • Entry fees to parks/preserves • Exclusive activities and shore excursions • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Wellness amenities on board
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Booking conditions • Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices.
• Prices are per person double/twin occupancy. Ask us about single or triple cabin prices.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities
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