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Jungle & Beach Explorer - Placencia

An eco-lodge adventure in the Rainforests of Southern Belize, with relaxation & beach-time in the seaside village of Placencia

An eco-lodge adventure in the Rainforests of Southern Belize, with relaxation & beach-time in the seaside village of Placencia

Price

US: $1550 plus $230 taxes and fees.
Can: $ plus $ taxes and fees.
Per person based on double occupancy.

When and Where

Duration: 7 Days / 7 Nights
When: Any date, any time of year
Starts: Dangriga
Ends: Placencia

Group Size

Independent people per trip.
1-4 for Bocawina Activities guides per trip.

Accommodations

Bocawina Rainforest Resort; Choice of Robert's Grove or Laru Beya

Activities

Swimming Rappelling Photography Natural History Interpretation Hiking Birding Zip Line

Extensions

This trip combines well with the Maya World Extension. Also, visit our Combining Trips Page  for more suggestions.

Visit our combining trips page for more suggestions and info.

The Bocawina – Placencia Jungle and Beach Explorer combines a four night active adventure at Bocawina Rainforest Resort with three nights in the beachside community of Placencia. 

This itinerary is ideal for guests who would like to combine an off-the-grid rainforest experience with some beach time at the nearby Creole fishing village of Placencia. 

  • Stay in an eco-lodge in the heart of the tropical Belizean rainforest – wake up to the sounds of birds overhead, and experience the first light of the day through the jungle mist. 
  • Select four guided adventure experiences from Bocawina Resort’s extensive list of Activities and Excursions (link to activity page). Decide how active or relaxed you want to be!
  • Take a guided trail walk in the Mayflower Bocawina Rainforest or journey through the rainforest canopy on the regions’ longest zip-line. 
  • Spend three nights at a Beach Hotel in the coastal village of Placencia. Swim, snorkel, relax poolside, and experience the community’s rich diversity. 
Bocawina Rainforest Resort Belize

Day 1

Accomodation: Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Meals: Lunch,Dinner

You will be picked up at Dangriga Airstrip or our Dangriga Operations Base and travel a beautiful 30 minute drive “off the grid” into the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. (Our office can assist you with transportation to Dangriga from Belize International Airport or other parts of Belize). 

Bocawina Rainforest Resort is a true eco-resort in the middle of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The lodge is powered by an array of solar panels and a seasonal small-scale hydroelectric generating station. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant so you can share daily experiences with family and friends from this remote rainforest setting. 

Upon arrival, after a special orientation, you will have time to settle into the lodge and learn about the experiences that lie ahead in the surrounding mountains and rainforest. This itinerary gives you the flexibility to pick your own tours from an extensive range of activities and excursions available on-site, off-site and within the national park. You can select four tours, customizing them to suit your activity level and interests. 

Considering starting off with the Rainforest Canopy Zip-line, an exhilarating ride with eight runs and a rappel. Or join a guided nocturnal hike that evening, and witness first-hand the fascinating transformation of the jungle at night.

Birding at Bocawina Rainforest Resort

Days 2-4

Accomodation: Bocawina Rainforest Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Rise with the sun and be on the grounds for the first rays of light emerging through the jungle mist. Waking up to the sounds of the tropical jungle is a pure delight, with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead, the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms, and the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day ahead. There is no need to venture off the property to experience the essence of the jungle. Finding a quiet spot to sip a coffee with binoculars in-hand is a sure way to soak in the surroundings. 

After breakfast, your will embark on your selected tour for the day. Try a guided Bocawina rainforest trail walk, hiking along bush trails as you discover local birds, wildlife, leading to waterfalls and unexcavated Mayan ruins. Your guides will point out medicinal plants and bring to life the layers of biological diversity that make the worlds’ tropical rainforests such a rewarding experience. 

Should you prefer, venture further afield on one of the many off-site adventures. Descend into the Mayan archeological site of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, the most popular caving expedition in Belize. Alternately, cruise along the wildlife-rich Monkey River with a stop at Placencia for lunch and a bit of shopping.

Waterfall at Bocawina

Day 5

Accomodation: Robert's Grove Beach Resort or Laru Beya Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast at Bocawina; Meals on Own in Placencia

Your last morning at Bocawina is completely flexible. You can stay close to the lodge or follow a trail to a favorite pool or waterfall. We can transfer you to Placencia right after breakfast, or drop you off later in the day. The choice is yours! 

Upon arrival at Placencia, settle into your room, then head out to the pool area for a refreshing beverage and dip. We have left your time at Placencia totally flexible so you can be as relaxed or as active as you like. Lounge poolside, hop on a bicycle or sign up for an optional excursion at the hotel activity desk. 

Meals can be enjoyed at the hotel, or you may want to check out some of the nearby restaurants and bars. Placencia has an interesting mix of cultures and cooking styles. It is attracting some very talented chefs that are adding to the great local cooks in the village.

Placencia, Belize

Days 6-7

Accomodation: Robert's Grove Beach Resort or Laru Beya Beach Resort
Meals: Meals on your own

Spend the next two days relaxing by the pool, strolling along the beach, and discovering Placencia Village and the surrounding area. 

Watch the local fisherman paddle out at sunrise in dug-out canoes to catch their fish for the day. Take a kayak out to see the sun set over Victoria's Peak, and view the rest of the mystic Maya Mountains as another day in paradise closes its eyes. Enjoy an evening of local Garifuna Drumming and sample some Belizean cuisine. Mingle with the friendly villagers, and experience Placencia’ rich Creole & Garifuna culture.

Start Date

End Date

Price

US: $1550 plus $230 taxes and fees.
Can: $ plus $ taxes and fees.
Per person based on double occupancy.

When and Where

Duration: 7 Days / 7 Nights
When: Any date, any time of year
Starts: Dangriga
Ends: Placencia

Group Size

Independent people per trip.
1-4 for Bocawina Activities guides per trip.

Accomodations

Bocawina Rainforest Resort; Choice of Robert's Grove or Laru Beya

Activities

Swimming Rappelling Photography Natural History Interpretation Hiking Birding Zip Line

Extensions

This trip combines well with the Maya World Extension. Also, visit our Combining Trips Page  for more suggestions.

Visit our combining trips page for more suggestions and info.

Robert's Grove Beach Resort

Robert’s Grove is a beautifully appointed Hacienda-style Belize beach resort nestled on 22 acres of the finest white sand beach in Placencia Belize.  

Accommodations 

It’s ideal location allows guests to be surrounded by Belize’s best attractions- the Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest & Mayan Ruins. This unique position makes it easy for guests and especially families to choose from a vast array of Belize’s most sought after activities, including diving tours, fly fishing trips, and many more exciting adventures. This Belize beach resort also makes the perfect setting for a memorable Belize wedding or for a romantic honeymoon vacation.  

Robert's Grove is dedicated to making sure that your visit to Placencia Belize is fun and memorable. Whether you're looking to explore the unique natural attractions that make Belize so special or you just want to relax on the beach and be pampered, we guarantee satisfaction at our Belize beach resort. 

Amenities 

  • 3 unique restaurants plus a bakery & deli
  • 3 beachfront pools
  • Use of the fitness room
  • Free Bicycle, Pedal boat, Canoe, Kayak, Windsurfer & Sailboat rentals
  • Sea Spa PADI Dive Centre. 


Laru Beya Beach Resort

Tucked away on the lush Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Laru Beya is the perfect place to both do nothing and experience everything.  

Accommodations 

Our quiet and modern beachfront resort is built for relaxing, with hammocks on every balcony, and our pool, restaurant, and bar are mere steps from your room.
Want to experience local food and culture? We’re just a short walk from the Garifuna village of Seine Bight and three miles from the restaurant- and nightlife-filled town of Placencia. And when you’re ready to really go exploring, Laru Beya (which means “on the beach” in Garifuna) is also conveniently located for adventure, allowing you to easily go diving in the barrier reef, visit Mayan archeological sites, explore caves, or thrill at local wildlife.

Amenities 

  • Outdoor Infinity Pool
  • Oceanfront beach access
  • Kayak & Sailboat Rentals
  • Mini Golf
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Adventure Tours desk
  • Concierge

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The Jungle and Beach Explorer includes the choice of one RED activity, two YELLOW activities and one BLUE activity at Bocawina Rainforest Resort and Adventures. Pick what interests you, and decide just how active or challenged you want to be! Please inquire with our staff about additional specialized activities that can be booked at the eco-resort for an additional fee. 

 

Red Activities & Excursions

Time

On Site Tours

 

Zipline Adventure - Glide like a bird through the pristine Rainforest Canopy on the longest zipline in Belize, with 12 platforms, 8 runs and a rappel. The course is 2.5 miles total, with the longest single zipline at 2300 feet in length.

1.5 hrs

Nocturnal Rainforest Experience – Enjoy a guided hike as you witness firsthand the fascinating changes that come over the jungle as night falls. See the animals, birds and insects of the rainforest in a whole new light.

2 hrs

Night Flying – Hear the jungle come alive and listen to the noises of the night as you zip through the jungle with our professional guides. This exciting activity is even more spectacular during a full moon.  Add the Nocturnal Rainforest Experience for $12.50

1.5 hrs

Bocawina Falls - Take a guided hike with one of our professional guides, listen as the guide unlocks the secrets of this mystical and magical jungle habitat. Walk the undulating trail from the lodge to the foot of Bocawina Falls and experience its natural beauty.  Take a refreshing swim and relax in the crystal blue waterfall pools below. Add rappelling, no charge.

4 hrs

Antelope Falls - Take a guided hike to the top of the 1,000 foot falls through lush rainforest, learning about the jungle ecosystem, and the animals that call it home. End the challenging hike to the top with a refreshing swim in the emerald pools as you take in the breathtaking views of the Rainforest & Caribbean Sea in the vista below.

4 hrs

Jungle Birds - Join us for a hike around the grounds of Bocawina Rainforest Resort with our professional bird spotter, as you listen to unique bird calls and identify many of 200+ species that animate the jungle.

4 hrs

 

 

Yellow Activities & Excursions 

Time

On Site Tours

 

Bocawina Package – Enjoy the hike up Bocawina Falls, rappel down the face of the waterfall and swim in the crystal blue pools below. Hike back to the lodge for lunch and finish the day off with an exciting Zipline Adventure.

5 hrs

Waterfall Rappelling Antelope Falls – Climb to the top of Antelope Falls with your trusty harness, then let gravity take over as you descend 250 feet down the Falls clipped into a rope system operated by one of our experienced guides.

5 hrs

Off Site Tours

 

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary - Venture to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the trails in the world’s first Jaguar Preserve. Known for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of Neotropical birds, this is the perfect place for a bird-watching & wildlife experience.

8 hrs

Xunantunich Maya Ruins – Xunantunich, which means “Maiden of the Rock,” is one of the great archaeological sites in Belize and provides an amazing introduction to the life of the ancient Maya people. You’ll climb Mayan temples and view artifacts that are hundreds to thousands of years old.

8 hrs

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins – Explore the oldest known Mayan site in Western Belize. Its hilltop temples were once a palace for an elite Mayan ruling family. The site was settled as far back as 1000 BC and abandoned around 800 AD.

8 hrs

River Cave Tubing – The Maya people believe caves are the entrance to the underground spirit world. Decide for yourself as you explore these underground caves by foot and inner tube with an interpretive guide. Experience firsthand the phenomenal geological formations that exist in this underground limestone network.

8 hrs

Jungle Horseback Experience - Enjoy the beauty of the jungle by horseback as you take a leisurely ride as your experienced guide points out the flora and fauna around you. Stop at the river for lunch and a refreshing swim.

4 hrs


 

Blue Activities & Excursions

Time

On Site Tours

 

Antelope Package – Enjoy the hike up Antelope Falls, rappel down the face of the waterfall and swim in the restful pools below. Hike back to the lodge for lunch and finish the day off with an exciting Zipline Adventure.

8 hrs

Ultimate Waterfalls – Follow the Mayan footsteps on this ultimate waterfall adventure. Learn about the plants and animals of the rainforest as you visit Bocawina Falls, Big Drop Falls, Peck Falls and Tears of the Jaguar Falls. Swim in the waterfall pools, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and take the 2 canyon ziplines unique to this tour, back to the lodge.

8 hrs

Off Site Tours

 

Sittee River Boat Tour – Experience the tallest mangroves in the Caribbean, crocodiles on the river banks, manatees in the river, iguanas sunbathing on tree branches and an extraordinary amount and variety of birds all around you on this guided motorboat trip.

6.5 hrs

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave – The most popular caving expedition in Belize, the “Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre” is a notable archaeological site of the Mayan people. Venture up to a kilometre underground to find skeletons, ceramics and stoneware left behind by the Mayans. The cave is best known for the “Crystal Maiden,” the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrificial victim, whose bones have calcified to a sparking, crystalline appearance.

11 hrs

Xunantunich, Cahal Pech & Inland Blue Hole – Explore the Xunantunich Maya ruins site, then take a boat across the Mopan River and proceed on to visit the Cahal Pech Maya ruins. Finish the day with a visit to the Inland Blue Hole for a cool afternoon swim in the pools formed by the collapse of an underground cave system.

10 hrs

Xunantunich & Cave Canoeing – Thoroughly explore the Xunantunich Maya ruins before grabbing a paddle for a canoe trip through Xibalba (“The Mayan Underworld”). While paddling through this spectacular cave, your guide will point out skulls, bones, pottery shards, artifacts and more.

10 hrs

River Cave Tubing & Maya Ruins – Choose between Xunantunich and Cahal Pech for an educational and fun guided tour exploring one of these Maya ruin sites. Learn about the ancient Maya, their architecture, culture, religion and sacred rituals. After the ruins enjoy a traditional Belizean lunch, then head underground to explore the caves via inner tube.

10 hrs

Monkey River & Placencia Town – Explore one of Belize’s major rivers by motorboat. As you are on the lookout for Ocelots, Jaguars, Howler Monkeys, Tiger Herons, Morelet Crocodiles, Manatees, Snakes and more. Then on to the quaint coastal village of Placencia for lunch and shopping.

8 hrs

Cave Tubing & Zipline Adventure – Combine the fun of exploring underground caves via inner tube with the exhilaration of a Zipline Adventure.

10 hrs

Belize Zoo – The Belize Zoo was started in 1983 to provide a home for a collection of wild animals used in a documentary on the tropical rainforest. Today it has grown to provide shelter for over 150 indigenous animals, representing more than 45 different species. All the animals are orphaned, injured, rescued or needed rehabilitation, none were taken from the wild.

8 hrs