Detailed Cayo Cave Extension Itinerary

Belize is home to the largest tracts of unspoiled Rainforests remaining in Central America

Until only recently, Belize was a forgotten corner of the Caribbean. With no plantation history and few if any economic bonanzas there were minimal incentives for settlement and development over the last 200 years. This legacy of neglect has resulted in a modern day treasure trove of virgin forests laced with mountain clear rivers.

San Ignacio, where our trip takes place, is a popular area because it is located close to several interesting sites such as the ruins of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, caves like Che Chem Ha and Ackun Tunichil Muknal and the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, home to some spectacular waterfalls and wildlife.  San Ignacio is also very culturally diverse, being home to large populations of Mestizos, Creoles, Chinese, Lebanese, Guatemalans, Mennonites and Mayans.

The region is characterized by moderate to heavy rainfall during the wet season (June through November) and drier, sunnier weather from December through May. Please add more description here.

Day 1 Accom

Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you are met by an Island Expeditions' representative and transferred to the town of San Ignacio.  Before arriving at our hotel we explore the famous San Ignacio market, and stroll the pedestrian-only Burns Avenue.  We follow a meandering road up to Cahal Pech Village Resort - a picturesque lodge with a grand vista overlooking the town of San Ignacio and the rolling hills of Western Belize.  This is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits.

Cahal Pech Village Resort  


Dinner is included on this day

Day 2 Accom

A full day of adventure and exploration.  Our first mission is to explore the underground geology and archaeology of the Che Chem Ha cave system.  We hike through the rainforest and up into a multi-chambered series of caves rich with geological formations, ancient ceremonial altars, Mayan artifacts and relics.  After an hour and a half in the cave, we continue to a spectacular setting overlooking the Macal River Valley where lunch is served.

The next adventure is the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.  We cross the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry to ruins which are situated on the banks of the river.  Here, we travel back through centuries to the ancient world of kings, temples, plazas and ball courts of this Maya city.

In the evening, choose to stroll into San Ignacio town, meet the local people and enjoy dinner on your own.

Cahal Pech Village Resort  


Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Accom
We wake up to a cup of coffee, grab our binoculars, and make a short walk to the Maya Ruins of Cahal Pech, a stone's throw from the lodge.  Birdlife and wildlife abound, mornings are the most active at this time of day, and we spend an hour touring the ruins and looking for wildlife.

If you are flying home on Day 3, the transfer time from San Ignacio to the Belize International Airport is about 2 hours and your departure from San Ignacio can be coordinated to connect with your international flight.

Note:  If you are adding this extension onto an existing Island Expeditions trip, transport to one of the rendezvous points in Belize City or Dangriga needs to be arranged in advance with our office.  If you arrive late or depart early, we will make arrangements to fit the activities in this itinerary.




Please note all itineraries are subject to change depending on weather or safety considerations. Flexibility as our guest and as an international traveler is the key to an awesome experience.

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