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On this adventure we experience the very best that Belize has to offer.
From the Belize International Airport we take you directly to our accommodations situated alongside the Tropical Education Center and Belize Zoo. From here we journey into the Cayo District to visit an ancient Mayan ceremonial cave, then travel east to the main Barrier Reef. The Barrier Reef, which runs 185 miles (300 km) long, ten to 25 miles (16 to 35 km) offshore, is the longest continuous reef in the Caribbean Sea and the second longest in the world. Spread along the reef are over 200 cayes, ranging from small sand-fringed islands perched along the reef's edge to larger islands of mangroves and coconut palms.
After two nights on the main reef, we travel by motor launch twenty miles further offshore to Glover's Atoll - a remote ring of corals and small islands rising from the deep waters of the Caribbean. Glover's Atoll, with an unparalleled diversity and abundance of marine life, offers some of the best snorkeling in Belize. Our island Basecamp is the perfect setting from which to actively explore the surrounding waters which contain over 700 patch reefs. The waters of Belize have long been known as the richest in the Caribbean and Glover's iReef is one of the best in Belize!
After our exploration of the Barrier Reef and Glover's Reef Atoll we return to the mainland and travel into the deep south of the Toledo District to luxuriate at one of the finer lodges in Belize - The Lodge at Big Falls. The next day, we travel by van and four-wheel drive to our river put-in. We begin our river journey by teaching river safety and paddling techniques before paddling into some of Belize's most remote and pristine wilderness. Once on the water, we are immersed in the experience of traveling by day and camping at night in the tropical rainforest. Our last night's accommodation is at Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel where we enjoy a dip in the pool, a comfortable room, and a hot shower. The next morning you are free to make your way back to the Belize International Airport or to travel further in Belize.Glovers Reef
Thirty six miles offshore lie a group of tropical islands, cradled within a turquoise lagoon and surrounded by a living coral reef. Glover’s Reef Atoll, considered one of the richest tropical marine environments in the entire Caribbean is protected as a Marine Reserve and is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Atoll is 32 km long by 12 km wide, encompassing a turquoise clear shallow lagoon with an estimated 850 coral heads and pinnacles rising to the surface. On the eastern edge of the atoll, five post-card perfect sand cayes, fringed with coconut palms lie atop the reef crest. The prevailing Northeasterly Trade winds blow across hundreds of miles of open sea before reaching the atoll where the swells break and dissipate in foaming white surf. This east wall of the atoll is breached in three places by channels, allowing for a tidal flow of water into the lagoon that sustains one of the most diverse coral ecosystems in the Caribbean.
At our Basecamp perched on the white sand shores of Southwest Caye - with stunning views facing east over the main reef crest and the open Caribbean Sea - we are ideally located for snorkeling, sea kayaking and kayak sailing, diving, and fishing. Led by guides who are skilled naturalists and fishermen as well as marine biologists and kayakers, your experience at Glover’s is a blend of adventure, island culture, tropical vacation, and learning. The remarkable abundance of life and the simple beauty of this richest of tropical marine environments leaves its mark on all those who are fortunate enough to visit.
The rainforests of Belize and the Yucatan are a treasure-house of biological diversity and rare beauty. Just hours away from the sun-bright barrier reef, in the mist shrouded Maya Mountains and Peten lowlands, some of the richest rainforests in all of Central America thrive. Tropical rainforests cover only 7% of the planet, yet harbor over 50% of the earth’s species and are considered the oldest intact ecosystems on earth. Once you enter the forest - wild cats, toucans, flocks of scarlet macaw, and troupes of howler or spider monkey may be encountered at anytime. Small wonders are everywhere, like delicate orchids that bloom for only a few hours in the year.
It used to be that travelers to the region rarely ventured far from the coast; the interior was little known – a hinterland of the imagination, with impenetrable jungles and tales of lost Mayan cities. Only recently, Belize and the Yucatan have gained a reputation for the stunning beauty and wildlife that lies hidden amongst the mountains, rainforests, and rivers. The most exciting Mayan ruins and ceremonial caves require careful planning to reach. As varied as the land are the activities we engage in: river travel with both calm jungle floats and wild, fun white-water rides. In the rainforest - caving, hiking, birding, and photography all make for one-of-a-kind experiences.