Combine zip lining, cabe tubing, snorkeling, and Mayan Ruins into this great active package for one low price.
Belize Cave Tubing
Our standard group departures can often avoid the massive large bus groups that can clog the river, adding to that "in the wild" feeling. After meeting your guide on the cruise pier, you will walk to your air conditioned transportation for the approximate one hour drive to the Caves Branch River and its winding path through the Maya Mountains and numerous ancient caves.
After picking up your tube, you will walk down to the adjacent river. This will be the spot where you finish your float. You will wade across the river and set out on a 35 minute hike along a jungle trail where your guide will point out various plants, roots and herbs once used by the ancient Maya for medicinal purposes.
At the entrance of the underground cave system, there will be time (for the brave hearted) to experience a optional breathtaking 15 foot cliff jump into the river. Your guide will then hand out miner's lamps before you enter the water. You will float along on the gentle current that will take you through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the cave and the majestic rise and fall of stalagmites and stalactites add to the serene opulence of nature. The float part of the adventure lasts approximately two hours depending on the current, and brings you back to the starting location.
After the float, walk back up to the transportation for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: As the river bottom is rocky, you must wear shoes (sneakers or water shoes) while tubing and they will get wet. Do not forget a towel and dry shoes for after the tour. Guests with special dietary requirements may need to bring a snack / power bar as tour duration is 5 hours.
Please note: Tour times listed are in local time. Due to the difference between local and ship time, Carnival guests must book the 8:00am local time departure.
Dress:Come dressed in bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes (which will get wet) or water shoes and a towel. A change of clothes and shoes is recommended and will be welcomed after your tour.
Restrictions:Minimum age of 8 years.
Duration: 5 hours
Costa Maya's Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
Chacchoben (chak-CHO-ben) 'the place of red corn' in the Mayan language, is a ruin which may date from 200 B.C. The structures found here date from 700 AD. The site is quickly becoming one of the most popular "new" sites visited along the Costa Maya.
Due in part to its location away from large cities and cruise destinations, and the more famous Mayan sites such as Tulum 100 miles to the north getting all the attention, the ruins of Chacchoben, an excellent example of the most brilliant civilization of the new world, remained in obscurity. As you walk through the jungle filled with evidence of temples, courtyards and pyramids, you will feel the connection and harmony between nature and history. Along the way, your guide will tell you the journey the city has taken, from the myth of its creation through the collapse of the great Maya civilization. As you stand in the heart of this abandoned Mayan ceremonial center your senses will begin to adjust to the sounds of nature. The site covers an area of more than 2 square miles in an area known as the "Region of the Lakes" due to the number of lakes and lagoons in the area.
Most of the walking is over even packed dirt and grass on a circular path that passes three excavated and restored pyramids, as well as walls and staircases. The site is far from being completely uncovered and you will see excavation on several mounds which are known to contain additional structures. Some structures still bear traces of the red pigment with which they were originally coated. At the base of the largest pyramid is a large stone slab called a stela with a Mayan hieroglyphic inscription.
Climbing on the temples is restricted out of respect to the deceased and their spirits.
The ruins site has a service area that includes rest room facilities and a cafeteria. Locals from Chacchoben village have a small shopping area at the site where they offer handmade souvenirs from their village. Keep in mind that in places like Chacchoben you are expected to negotiate the prices, so be ready to exercise your Espaņol and have some fun!
Please note: There is a fee to use a video camera at the archeological site. (approximately $4 USD) Credit cards are not accepted at the site for fees or shopping. US dollars and local currency are.
Dress: Comfortable long sleeve shirts and long pants are suggested due to the strong Mexican sun and potential for insects in the jungle. Sensible, flat-soled, closed toe walking shoes, sunscreen and sun glasses are recommended.
Restrictions : Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile over packed surfaces during the 90 minute tour of the site.
Duration: 4 hours
Cozumel Jeep and Beach Adventure
After meeting your guide, you will be assigned a manual drive vehicle (usually a Wrangler or Patriot) and set out following the lead Jeep. As you drive by Cozumel town you will get an insight into some of the local life.
Your drive will continue with a drive around the island on a scenic road full of breathtaking views. Your professional guide will give you information during the different stops. Guests can switch off driving at the stops if they choose.
You will access the Punta Sur State Refuge via a long, sandy road, which welcomes you to this unique ecological reserve. You will visit El Caracol, a small ancient Mayan ruin, once used as a weather alarm. You will also see the Columbia Lagoon, a magnificent and incredible ecosystem which feeds and provides balance to the reef formations. Watch for salt-water crocodiles in their natural environment and visit an observation tower which overlooks the lagoon.
You will then head to the beach to enjoy the year-round crystal-clear waters. You will follow the lead vehicle along sand paths to reach Punta Sur Bay where you will have the option to swim or snorkel. The snorkeling is along the protected and shallow reef which is located approximately 100 yards off the beach. It is full of colorful tropical fish and incredible sea life. Guests not up to the swim to the reef can beach walk, swim or just relax on the beach.
After your beach stop, its back to the Jeeps and a 10 minute drive to visit the Navigation Museum located inside the Punta Celarain lighthouse.
You will start the drive back towards town, but the tour is not over. You will make a quick stop at an exclusive beach resort to enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch of fajitas, rice, beans, chips, real tortillas and Mexican salsa !!! The ocean, a fresh water swimming pool and showers are available for you at this spot for a quick last dip before returning to the meeting point. Taxi from town to the meeting point is approximately $3pp
Dress:Guests will want to wear a bathing suit under comfortable clothing which may get dusty. A towel, sun glasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions:Guests must have a general knowledge of swimming, be at least 8 years or older, must wear a flotation vest and sign a waiver to participate in the snorkeling. Guests must be able to climb in/out of the Jeep and be able to sit in the jeep seat with a seatbelt on. Car seats / booster seats are not allowed. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to drive and must present a valid driver's license with them. Guests who cannot drive a manual drive vehicle will be matched up with guests who can. Guests with neck, back or hip ailments, have had recent surgery or are pregnant cannot participate in this program. Guests under the influence, or appearing under the influence of alcohol or other substances will not be allowed to operate a jeep. The beach and pool do not have a life guard and swimming is at your own risk.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Roatan Zip and Splash Beach Break
After meeting your driver at the pier, you will make your way to the west end of the island, approximately a 30 minute drive, where your exciting, dual cable Zip experience awaits. Lockers are available for your beach bag ($1.00 per locker. Lockers can hold more than 1 bag)
After suiting up, your professional instructor will take you through Zip instruction and safety to make sure everyone is at ease before starting the adventure. Afraid of heights? Never Zipped before? This is not a problem. They will walk you through every step of the way until you are Zipping on your own.
Then it's time to Zip. On a course set out over more than 25 acres of lush Roatan scenery, you will Zip just under 2 miles of cable between numerous platforms. Zips range from a short 40 feet (it will surprise you) to more than 1250 feet at heights from 20 to more than 40 feet from the ground. Depending on the number in your group, your Zip time will last between 50 to 70 minutes. New or experienced, young or old, by the end, you will be wanting more. Local staff will be on hand to take pictures for those wanting to purchase "proof" they actually did it.
After soaring through the sky, you will drive to the beach where you can splash in the sea at nearby West Bay. Here you will have approximately 1 1/2 hours to beach walk, swim, rent snorkel gear, or just zone out in a sun beam, under a palm tree or at the nearby beach bar and restaurant where food and cold drinks can be purchased. Beach chairs are also available for rental. All too soon, it is time to return to reality. Your driver will meet you for the drive back to the cruise pier.
Guests wishing to stay longer at the beach will be responsible for their own transportation back to the pier.
Dress:We recommend wearing a bathing suit under comfortable clothing and tennis or walking shoes. Sandles/flipflops/shoes without back straps are NOT permitted. A beach towel, sun glasses and sun screen are also suggested. As the zip line does go through jungle, insect repellant is highly recommended. Cameras must be on a strap.
Restrictions:Guests should be in good shape and capable of climbing some steps. Guests must be a minimum of 5 years old. Guests under the age of 18 need to be with a parent or guardian. Maximum weight limit is 300 pounds. Guests with back, neck or hip problems, limited mobility in raising their arms, or are pregnant cannot participate in the Zip portion. Guests showing any signs of being under the influence of drugs or chemicals that might impair their ability to Zip will not be allowed to participate. Guests will need to sign a waiver before they can participate.
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes