Safari Voyager, Belize & Guatemala Wonders ex Belize Return
7 Night Cruise sailing from Belize roundtrip aboard Safari Voyager.
DAY 1 Belize City, Belize — Embarkation
Welcome to the Caribbean coast! Make your way 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 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 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 Rio Dulce / Livingston, Guatemala
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 Punta Gorda, Belize
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 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 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 Belize City, Belize — Disembarkation
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.
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|02/12/20||Punta Gorda, Belize|
|05/12/20||Belize City, Belize|