During this Belize shore excursion explore the wonders created by mother nature when you go off-road and hit the dirt paths passing by orchids, wet-lands and jungles and experience the cultural history left behind by the native Indians, the Maya.
Meet your guide and board your transportation as you drive out of Belize City while being provided a brief tour of the area.
Your destination is the community of Hattieville where your jeeps are ready and waiting for you. You will be briefed on safety measures and the rules of the road before setting off for your jungle adventure, following your guide who will always be with you throughout this Belize excursion.
Experience this ecosystem which begins as a pine savannah before turning into a forest leading to the hills that form the beginning of the Maya Mountains. Where these ecosystems meet the plant and wildlife are abundant.
Belize is home to 587 bird species and approximately 20 percent are migrant birds that come from North America to spend the winter months. A few species that you may see could include the Jabiru Stork, yellow headed parrot, yellow headed vulture and the Keel-billed Toucan, Belize's national bird.
You will also learn Belize is home to approximately 140 species of mammals of which approximately 50 percent are bats. This country is also the habitat to 5 felines including the Jaguar, Margay, Ocelot, Jaguarundi and the Puma. There are approximately 250 species of orchids here including the national flower, the black orchid.
Belize is also home to a cave system and your guide will take you to one of these with a stop about midway through your adventure. Learn how the caves were formed and the use of the caves by previous cultures, including the Mayas.
After your stop at the cave, continue down the jungle path before exiting the forest trail near the Sibun River. Begin the drive back to the main headquarters and after arrival be provided a typical Belizean meal and get a taste of the country. After your meal you can relax in a hammock in the main palapa or take a swim in the fresh waters of the Sibun River.
Return to the pier area and your tender in the air-conditioned comfort of your transportation on the approximate 30-minute ride.
Reviewer: William Moran
We met Jose at the dock, he whisked us to his van and off we went to his home to pick up our Jeeps. We soon were off on a gravel trail and the off into the jungle. The "roads" were nothing more than mud ruts through the trees, the Jeeps were capable and a lot of fun. We came to a clearing and climbed a set of roughly cut steps up to a cave. The opening was small, I'm claustrophobic, but the inside was cavernous. It was hot inside, Jose explained since this was a cave above ground it did not cool like the caves below. We then continued our jungle drive, up and down hills, through mud and water, IT WAS A BLAST! We then returned to the drop off point where we were served a delicious Belize inspired lunch. Some of our party went for a swim in the river nearby. It was a great time and I would recommend it to anyone who is adventurous. Keep in mind it is a bit strenuous and the jeep ride is rough, don't go if you have any back or joint issues.
Reviewer: Jeff Jones
My wife and I cruised to Belize on March 8, 2017 and signed up for this tour through our Shipmate app. We had a great time and really enjoyed everything about the tour. Driving the jeeps was fun, the cave was amazing and the post tour lunch was really nice. Even the tour of the city itself was good. One suggestion would be to bring/wear bug spray because you will need it while in the jungle.
Reviewer: Toni Hayward
When I booked this excursion I was a little nervous because there were no reviews. We loved it! If you want a true off road muddin' experience then this is the excursion for you. We had our own private tour. We were the only ones with our tour guide Floyd Ferguson and he was amazing. He gave us a wealth of information and no matter what questions we threw his way he new his facts. My husband had a blast driving the jeep and let me tell you we were deep in water. The jeeps are manual transmission and my husband has had off road driving experience. I do believe if you do not feel comfortable driving your own jeep the guide will drive you.
Reviewer: Nelda Gonzalez
Absolutely one of the best excursion I have ever had. The guide was informative about the island and history. I highly recommend. Loved driving the Jeep through the jungle.
Reviewer: C. Moriarty
This is one that I will remember forever! It truly was an adventure and our guide Jose was great. He shared a lot of his country's history and information and made sure we had a great time and plenty of opportunities for pictures. Lunch was fabulous and relaxing. Got to explore a cave and go through spots with the jeep that I thought for sure we would get stuck. Wear something you won't mind getting a bit of mud on. Would do it again if given the opportunity!