Belize Ultimate Multisport

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 11

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

$2,499

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $400

Trip Dates:

2014/2015

  • Nov 20–30
  • Nov 27 – Dec 7
  • Dec 4–14
  • Dec 11–21
  • Dec 18–28
  • Dec 25 – Jan 4
  • Jan 1–11
  • Jan 15–25
  • Jan 22 – Feb 1
  • Jan 29 – Feb 8
  • Feb 5–15
  • Feb 12–22
  • Feb 19 – Mar 1
  • Feb 26 – Mar 8
  • Mar 5–15
  • Mar 12–22
  • Mar 19–29
  • Mar 26 – Apr 5
  • Apr 9–19
Group Size: 6-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • River Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Caving

Accommodations:

Forest cabana, 1 night; Island lodge, 2 nights; Glover's Base camp, 2 nights; Jungle lodge, 1 night; Jungle camping, 3 nights; Hotel, 1 night

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a multisport journey from Belize's rich islands to its lush rainforests
  • Sea kayak, snorkel, paddleboard, and dive among turquoise waters and coral reefs
  • Explore Mayan ruins and ceremonial caves
  • Embark on a 3 day river paddle through Belize's jungle
  • Stay at a wonderful assortment of lodges and learn from top-notch guides

Take an extraordinary multisport adventure through Belize packed with fun and excitement! Sea kayak, snorkel, dive, explore Mayan ruins, descend into ceremonial caves, and navigate a tropical river through canyons and lush rainforest.

We begin by sea kayaking around a remote island group along the southern Barrier Reef. Then, it's off to our luxury field camp at Glover's Atoll for two more fantastic days of snorkeling, kayaking, and diving. Returning to the mainland for our next series of adventures, we descend into Mayan ceremonial caves and embark on a three-day paddle trip into the rainforest canyons of Belize.

On each stage of the trip we follow the best guides in Belize, whose knowledge and experience enable you to see and do what you never thought possible.

REI Adventures shares non-exclusive departures with our travel partner, Island Expeditions Co. Extend your trip with our 3-day Maya World extension for unforgettable birding and wildlife viewing.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Begin your Belizean adventure at the Tropical Education Center.
  • Day 2 - Explore the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave.
  • Day 3 - Sea kayak in turquoise waters teeming with coral and tropical fish.
  • Day 4 - Paddle to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Days 5-6 - Sea kayak at Glovers Reef Atoll and transition to mainland Belize.
  • Days 7-9 - Kayak the Moho River, full of waterfalls and Mayan folklore.
  • Day 10 - Take a morning paddle and a multi-cultural lunch stop.
  • Day 11 - Depart for home or extend your stay with a Maya World Extension.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Begin your Belizean adventure at the Tropical Education Center.

    Your trip begins today in Belize City, Belize. Arrive at the Belize International Airport where you will be met by an Island Expeditions representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center, adjacent to the Belize Zoo. After settling into our forest cabanas, we have a chance to meet our fellow travelers over dinner. At the Tropical Education Center, you can explore the surrounding savannah forest through their network of interpretative trails and wildlife viewing platforms. There is also an interpretative center, which details the diverse ecology of Belize, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure ahead. After dinner we have a rare opportunity to have an exclusive nocturnal tour of the renowned Belize Zoo for an up close experience with the wildlife that inhabits the forests, wetlands and mountains of Belize. (please note this activity is by donation to the Belize Zoo and Conservation, we suggest $10 USD). Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Explore the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave.

    We rise early to start today's extraordinary journey, which takes us deep into the Mayan underworld known as Xilbalba (shil-balba). We enter a mythical realm inhabited by spirits and powerful gods, an underworld of untold fears and dreams where Mayan shaman, in supplication to the gods, descends into darkness to conduct their secretive rituals. As we venture underground into the caves, we learn from our guides how the caves played an important role in the ancient Maya civilization and about ongoing archaeological research taking place underground in Belize. After our cave visit, we travel the Hummingbird Route to meet up with our motor charter, on the coast by the town of Dangriga. We head out to the Southern Barrier Reef and arrive at Paradise Lodge on Tobacco Caye in time to settle in our private beach cabanas, have dinner and plan our next two days on the barrier reef. All meals included.

  • Day 3 - Sea kayak in turquoise waters teeming with coral and tropical fish.

    We rise early for a breakfast on the beach. We then focus on our introduction to sea kayaking and get comfortable with the gear. We start by teaching and reviewing the fundamentals of sea kayaking and introduce everyone to ocean touring techniques. We test our new found skills with a paddle out to the main reef to snorkel along the inner reef wall or patch reefs. Depending on sea conditions, a snorkel along the outside reef edge may be possible. Our paddle back to Tobacco Caye takes us past mangrove ranges and protected lagoons. Out on the reef, our guides share their knowledge of Belize, the marine environments, and local culture. All meals included.

  • Day 4 - Paddle to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    After breakfast and a morning of paddling and snorkeling, our motor charter returns to take us 20 miles east of the main Barrier Reef to Glovers Reef Atoll, a National Marine Park and designated World Heritage site. We land at park headquarters on Middle Cay, with boats rigged and ready to sail. We sail our kayaks along the eastern reef wall to our base camp at Southwest Caye at the southern end of the atoll, surrounded by rich coral reefs and beautiful turquoise waters. Tonight, we enjoy an island feast of mixed grill of fresh seafood and vegetables topped with Belizean coconut and tropical fruits. All meals included.

  • Days 5-6 - Sea kayak at Glovers Reef Atoll and transition to mainland Belize.

    Glover’s is one of only four atolls in the Caribbean Sea and is truly one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with an incredibly rich reef system that offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean. Our days are flexible in order to respond to both group and individual desires and abilities. Activities include: sea kayaking, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, and kayak sailing. For those who are certified divers, we can also arrange dives on the outer walls. If all this sounds a little busy, you always have the choice of just kicking back in a hammock and relaxing with a good book and a cold drink. On the afternoon of Day 6, we transfer back to the mainland and continue south to our jungle lodge in the Toledo district of Belize to begin the next leg of our journey. All meals included.

  • Days 7-9 - Kayak the Moho River, full of waterfalls and Mayan folklore.

    The Lodge at Big Falls is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande River in Belize's southern Toledo District, a region of isolated villages lying amongst an unspoiled tropical wilderness. Our location is superb. The lodge property is located on a meander of the river with almost a mile of river frontage. There are views towards the Maya Mountains to the northwest while the southeastern bank faces the small village of Big Falls. In the afternoon, we drive further south from Big Falls to our put-in point on the Moho River, stopping for lunch along the way at the traditional Maya village of Santa Theresa.

    Once on the river, our guides provide a brief boat and river orientation and we take as much time as we need to learn and practice our new boat-handling skills, enabling us to safely navigate the rapids and pour-overs. We then begin our journey along one of Belize’s most beautiful rivers through some pristine rainforest to our first river camp.

    For these next days we break contact completely with the outside world and become a part of the mist-shrouded rainforest as we follow the Moho River through canyons and lush rainforest. Each bend reveals the dynamic nature of the river-from calm, meandering water that reflects the intense green of the jungle to stretches of rapids, pour-overs and spectacular waterfalls as the river descends from the Maya Mountains to the sea. Depending on water levels, some days we may reach our bush-camp by mid-afternoon and switch to land-based activities. Hiking through the forest, birding, plant and animal identification, and photography are some of the many activities we engage in. During the trip with our Mayan guides and North American leaders, we emphasize understanding the ecology of the rainforest, learning about the habits of the wildlife and gaining an appreciation for the rich Mayan folklore which adds so much to our experience in the jungle. All meals included.

  • Day 10 - Take a morning paddle and a multi-cultural lunch stop.

    We continue paddling downstream and arrive to the river pull out in the afternoon, where we are met by IEC staff. We have a final lunch in the Mayan Mennonite village of Jordan, followed by a transfer back to Dangriga. Here we board a domestic flight to the Belize Municipal Airport and then proceed to our accommodations to enjoy a well deserved hot shower. Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Day 11 - Depart for home or extend your stay with a Maya World Extension.

    Breakfast and transfer to the airport are on your own today.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate the trip.

Price Includes

All accommodations; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; airport transfer from Belize airport on Day 1 only; domestic flight from Dangriga to Belize City; transportation within Belize; local English-speaking guides; kayaks and gear (life vests, paddles, dry bags, etc.); stand-up paddleboards; government taxes.

Not Included

Airfare to Belize, transfer from Belize City to airport; departure taxes; guide gratuities; alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

A special cancellation policy applies to all Belize trips. Please note that the cancellation policy is stricter than REI Adventures’ standard policy. Final payment is due 60 days before departure for regular season and 90 days prior for holiday dates. The following change and cancel fees apply:

Regular season departures (Jan 2 to Dec 14)
91+ days prior to departure – $200 penalty
61 to 90 days – full deposit is non-refundable
41 to 60 days – 50% of trip cost
0 to 40 days – 100% of trip cost

Holiday season departures (Dec 15 – Jan 1)
91+ days prior to departure – $400
61 to 90 days – 50% of trip cost
41 to 60 days – 75% of trip cost
0 to 40 days – 100% of trip cost

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. All participants should be in good physical condition and know how to swim. This adventure takes place in a remote wilderness region of Belize. Participants need to be ready to handle the unexpected. Weather conditions can greatly affect water levels and hiking trails into the river and may increase the level of difficulty. Although no previous experience or special skills are needed to participate in the Ultimate Multisport trip, you should be in good enough physical condition to paddle up to 10 miles a day or hike with a light pack for three or four hours.

Weather

The climate of Belize is sub-tropical. Although we will be traveling during the dry season, the infrequent “northerly” can blow down from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it cooler temperatures and rain. Inland conditions can change quickly with afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rainfall commonly occurring. Typically, temperatures range from 70 - 100° F with high humidity during the day, dropping at night to 70 - 80°F. From December to May, conditions are usually clear, sunny and warm. December is generally cooler.

Accommodations

On Day 1 we will be spending one night at the Tropical Education Center in our rustic lodge accommodation. The Education Center harbors Belize's largest collection of tropical animal specimens, a fantastic Interpretative Center and a network of cut trails and wildlife viewing platforms, perfect for exploring the pine savannah setting. On Days 2 and 3 we stay at Paradise Lodge, on Tobacco Caye – a small Belizean owned lodge with a beautiful view over the central Belize Barrier Reef. These rustic cabanas are clean and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms. Each cabana is perched over the waters edge, giving you unobstructed views of the Belize Barrier Reef and unparalleled access to kayaking and snorkeling. On Days 4 and 5 at Southwest Cay on Glovers Reef, we are "base camping" in tent-walled cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom and are outfitted with wood floors and wood-framed beds. On the island we have a fresh-water collection system for drinking water, access to fresh-water showers, modern composting toilets, a fully-equipped kitchen including refrigeration, a large dining area complete with resource library, and a field marine lab including microscope and hand lenses. On Day 6 we will be staying at The Lodge at Big Falls in the southern Toledo district. Our accommodations beside the banks of the Rio Grande River are spacious cottage style cabanas within a rich tropical setting. The cabana roofs are traditionally thatched with bay-leaf palm. The floors are beautifully tiled and each fully-screened room has a ceiling fan and full en-suite bathroom providing hot and cold water. The carefully landscaped surroundings have been designed to attract birds and butterflies close to the cottages where guests can comfortably enjoy the view from their own private verandah. On Days 7, 8, 9 we are camping in the remote wilderness of the Moho River in Southern Belize. We practice minimum impact camping to ensure that the pristine state of the wilderness remains for future visitors. We will be keeping our weight and volume to a minimum, carrying our gear in the kayaks from camp to camp. We stay in three-person tents, which provide ample room for two people and gear. As we travel down the river, we use predetermined camping areas to minimize our impact on the forest floor, but give ourselves the flexibility to adjust our schedule for different conditions. On the final night we will spend the night at the Biltmore Hotel. This is a clean and comfortable hotel outside the city center. You have a chance to get a good night's sleep after your adventure, maybe take a dip in the pool, and prepare to fly out or continue on independently.

Note: From time to time, due to unforeseen circumstances, hotels or lodges listed may need to be changed. These changes may be done without prior notice.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Belize Ultimate Multisport Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Kayaks and paddling gear (for sea and river)
  • Tents
  • Dry bag (70 litres)
  • Sleeping pads
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline itinerary and confirmation
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight) or sleep sheet & light weight fleece blanket with stuff sacks
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Daypack
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable rain jacket
Footwear
  • Walking shoes (good tread recommended - will get wet and muddy in the cave)
  • Comfortable shoes for evening around camp
  • Sandals for watersports
Clothing
  • Lightweight fleece or wool sweater
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt(s), quick-dry
  • Hiking shorts, quick-dry
  • Hiking pants, quick-dry
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit(s)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana(s)
Kayaking Accessories
  • Small personal dry bag for camera, personal items, etc. (10 lt.)
Travel Accessories
  • Mask, fins, snorkel (a must)
  • Water bottles, 1-quart size or hydration pack
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock (waterproof) and lip balm
  • Caladryl or some anti-itch lotion to ease bug bites
  • Insect repellent (20-100% Deet)
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Toiletry kit (please only biodegradable soaps and shampoos)
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Earplugs
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Thin beach towel or camp towel & thin washcloth
  • 2-3 garbage bags –serves as extra water-proofing & keeps wet gear separate from dry
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Small binoculars
  • Field guides
  • Laundry detergent for hand washing /universal sink stopper
  • Ziploc bags for easy storage
  • Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
  • Handy wipes
  • Paddling gloves
  • Mesh bag for snorkel gear
  • Fishing rod and tackle
  • Wet suit (water temperatures in Dec. and Jan. can be cool)
  • Foot powder (for shedding sand after your feet have been wet all day)
  • Acqua socks

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve fleece or synthetic top, especially for the evenings.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Plastic bags are the key to keeping clothing and gear dry. Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • Space for luggage is limited. Pack lightly, fitting all clothing into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, water bottle/hydration system and camera.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.8

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Pros

  • Group camaraderie (17)
  • Guides (17)
  • Well organized itinerary (17)
  • Activity level (15)
  • Food (15)

Cons

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        • Casual adventurer (9), Avid adventurer (6), Casual/ recreational (4)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • I liked the itinerary (16), Active adventures (13), Destination (13), All the details planned for me (12), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (9)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best trip you could ever imagine!

      By susan and kim

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Casual Adventurer, Fun Loving, Relatively Fit, Willing To Try New Things

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

          Go with the flow, don't be afraid to try everything! Spend time talking with the wonderful guides and Mayan villagers, and learn about their cultures. Try all of the food, you will find lots of new flavors to enjoy. Do it all and start saving money to go back.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Destination sounded exciting and interesting. Activity level and itinerary sounded like just what we were looking for.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • No kidding, the ENTIRE TRIP was one big highlight. We all kept saying, "How can each day keep getting better than the last?" The fun ranged from fruity rum punch on a hammock to swinging from a vine like Tarzan and jumping in the river. My cheeks still hurt from smiling and laughing.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Bring a tiny fraction of the clothes recommended. I wore the same pair of quick-dry shorts and a long-sleeve rashguard every day we were in the water and it was perfect (too lazy to change). Sleep sheet and lightweight blanket worked great for the Mojo, way too warm for a sleeping bag. Long-sleeved clothes sprayed with insect repellant prevented bug bites. Get a waterproof camera!
           
          5.0

          Perfect Combination of Beaches & Jungle

          By Shelly in Kuwait

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

              The service during the trip was just awesome. The Belize guides were so helpful, and very enthusiastic.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • I loved the Moho River portion of the trip. There are a lot more drops than I thought, some parts we only paddled for 50 yards before the next drop. It was a blast even when getting thrown out of the boat and Pedro and Valencio were the best guides.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Invest in a waterproof camera. It was the best purchase I made for the trip. Every single day you will be in water and not having to worry about keeping a camera dry is nice. Pack very light. You'll have a chance to get laundry done right before the river. Take a pair of flip flops, the feets will get tired of being in Keens. Take a spare battery for your camera.
               
              5.0

              truly the trip of a lifetime

              By nicksf

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me First-Time Adventurer

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Rain Making River Rise

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                Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                Bottom line, this trip was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it from start to finish. The only thing that I wish had been different would be that the river hadn't risen due to the rain after the first night on the Moho so that we could have continued for the next two days. Instead we went to the Blue Creek lodge which was awesome either way but I still would have really enjoyed being on the Moho for those next couple days. If I could do the trip over I would do it all again no question. I wish I was still in Belize!

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I had always wanted to go to Central America and once I looked into Belize I came across REI and knew Ultimate Adventure was the trip for me.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Literally everything was a highlight but if I had to pick one thing it would be a tie between time spent on Tobacco Caye and exploring the ATM cave.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Just try to savor every minute of the adventure because time flies when you are having an amazing time and you will wish you could do it all over by the time the trip is done. Also be prepared to be wet most of the trip. It rains a lot and you are in the water most of the time.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Magical Trip

                By TRappucci

                from Philadelphia PA

                About Me Casual Adventurer

                Pros

                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                    We had excellent, informed guides who helped you get the most from this trip. Food was incredible, even great on the river.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Trip offered a taste of the wonders of Belize. gorgeous cays, sea and land creatures, beautiful countryside, jungle, Mayan village life, caving,ocean and river kayaking and snorkeling.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The ATM Cave, sea kayaking, visiting with the Mayan villagers and the river spillovers!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Pack very light on clothing,plan your gear,sort clothes in ziplock bags, bring small,clear drybag for necessities on the kayak,bring a fleece vest and long pants for cool nites on the river,hiking boots are unnecessary, Keens and flip flops are all you need. I treated my clothes with Permithrin for mosquitos and sandflies but we had very few.Keep your tent zipped up at all times on the river.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Immersed in Mayan Culture

                    By Nekoashi

                    from Snoqualmie, WA

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                        Our second REI trip to Belize was as good as the first (Galapagos)! An amazing experience, where we experienced the Mayan culture, explored turquoise waters both in and on top with kayaks, spelunked our way through an ancient cave complete with human remains and underground streams, and topped it off with a paddle through the jungle on the perfect Moho river, complete with all the creepy crawlies you would expect from the jungle (tarantulas, scorpions, etc.). Our guides provided fantastic education and stories, and we were privileged to eat two lunches in Mayan villages prepared by the families. This trip is hard to beat.

                        See my blog for a full trip report: http://waletzky.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/an-unbelizeable-trip/

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Took a previous REI Trip
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • The mix of activities was just what we wanted, with a nice blend of kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and river travel. We also heard great things about the Belize ocean experience (diving, snorkeling, kayaking), and like to visit Central and South America. REI was also top-notch on our previous trip to the Galapagos, so a repeat experience with them was our first choice.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • ALL OF IT. No joke. If I had to pick one thing, it would be exploring the ATM cave. A close second would be the paddling through the jungle where the rapids and drops were exhilarating. Everyday we had fantastic food. All the guides were great, with special kudos to Pedro - a native Mayan whose extremely fun attitude was infectious.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Leave the rain gear at home (it's so warm); bring double the sunscreen than you think you will need; EVERYTHING must be quick dry as you will often be wet; bring long sleeves and long pants for sun protection; put everything in a zip-loc bag; invest in a waterproof camera (I was sorry I didn't have one).

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        ATM will never mean cash station to me!

                        By ManxMargie

                        from Chicago IL

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                            The local native guides were amazing. Our Mestizo guide was an encyclopedia on Belize (culture, history, flora, fauna, politics, business; you name it and he knew it). The Garifuna guide seemed calm and quite at first, but when he started talking the energy came alive. We were welcomed into the village and home or our Kekchi Myan guide who absolutely LOVES guiding; his enthusiasm and pride was off the charts.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, REI member since 1995, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Been an REI member since 1995 and have heard such great things about the REI Adventures trips. I was a bit nervous about traveling to a developing country on my own, while not playing it so safe I don't have an good trip. The comfort of having guides, a group to travel with and a great itinerary are what sold me on the trip.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The ATM Cave was like an Indiana Jones type adventure. Hiking through the jungle, fording the river, swimming into the cave opening, trekking though waist high water, squeezing through tight spots, scrambling over rocks and in the end you find skeletons and artifacts. SO COOL! ~~~ The Moho River was the part I was least looking forward to, but found it super exhilarating. Plus I saw a Blue Morph Butterfly!
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Bring the NRS Hydroskin Socks ($29.95). They worked great for walking in the ATM cave, with snorkel fins and with Keen Sandals. Feet are wet everyday and I was the only one that did not get a blister. Everyone on the trip agreed the Hydroskin socks were a must have.

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing Trip!

                            By BeccaJ1601

                            from Kansas City, MO

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                                The group didn't go to the usual tourist destinations, which I loved. I felt like I was able to get a decent grasp of a country I was only in for 10 days.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I have wanted to visit Belize for quite a while. This trip allowed me to see many different parts of Belize while being active and adventurous.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • I loved it all, but the snorkeling and islands were my favorite part.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Pack like you are going on two trips. Trip one is the islands (snorkeling, etc) while trip two is camping. You will be asked to separate your luggage into these trips, so it helps to be prepared. Bring things that dry quickly, as you will be wet for most of the trip. Also, make sure to bring good sunscreen.

                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Excellent View into Belize

                                By Sarah S

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Off the beaten track
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                • Accommodations

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                                  Our guides were fantastic and made this trip! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to see different sides of Belize. It was totally storming when we were on the cayes, so we had to miss most of the kayaking, snorkeling, etc but it was still wonderful. i would book in mid-March to try and hit the best (driest) weather!

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • We wanted to see a variety of Belize - coast to mountains!
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • I loved the ATM cave and staying at the TEC.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Bring rain pants and know that February can be rainy!

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Fabulous Trip!

                                  By Adventure Sue

                                  from California

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Guides
                                  • Interaction with locals
                                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Novice adventurers

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                                    The guides made the trip. They were interesting and interested, going above and beyond to make my trip a fabulous experience.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I liked the level of activity and the constantly changing sports and locations.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • I have three: caving at the ATM, kayak sailing in Glovers Atoll and kayaking down the Moho river. It was a great trip!
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Fewer bug bites that expected except for the Belize Zoo Cover up! Bring fewer clothes. It is very humid and all your clothes will be wet, but so will everyone else's.

                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    BRILLIANT!

                                    By KATKOOL

                                    from Colorado

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                                    Site Member

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                    • Guides

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Belize Ultimate Multisport:

                                      Experience.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • I wanted an inexpensive multi-sport trip. This was perfect. The days were packed with activities and well guided.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Caving.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • You don't need your normal any degree sleeping bag. Its too hot. Just bring a light cheap bag or blanket with a sleeping pad.

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                                      Maya World Extension

                                      Activity: Wildlife viewing

                                      Want more of Belize? The Maya World Extension is a great compliment to your Belize adventure. It provides a unique opportunity to see parts of the Mayan world that you may not experience. The extension can be added on before or after your island trip.

                                      Highlights include:

                                      • Exploring the Mayan city of Lamanai which was occupied for over 3,000 years and is one of the most charming of all Mayan sites in Belize. Current residents include howler monkeys and toucans.
                                      • Boating through the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary which provides a special opportunity for viewing, close at hand, the astounding diversity of birds and wildlife for which Belize is renowned.
                                      • Visiting the Mayan site of Altun-Ha and seeing the 54' high "Temple of the Masonry Altars".
                                      • Finish your day star gazing from the patio deck of your comfortable Belizean lodge located on the shores of the Crooked Tree Lagoon.

                                      Days: 3

                                      Price: from $649 per person

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                                      Maya World Sample Itinerary

                                      Sample Itinerary

                                      Note: For trip members who are doing this extension at the end of your Belize tour, your trip guide will advise you of the meeting time and place in Belize City.

                                      Day 1: For those beginning their Belize adventure with the Maya World Extension, please arrive at the Belize International Airport by 4 p.m. today. You will be met by a Bird's Eye View Lodge representative and transferred to the Birds Eye View Lodge, in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. After checking into our accommodations we have a chance to meet our fellow travelers, explore the nearby Creole village and settle into the rhythm of 'Belize Time'.

                                      Meals: Dinner

                                      Day 2: After a nice breakfast the group departs for the Mayan Ruins of Lamanai. This day of exploration includes a complete guided tour, visiting the many temples, plazas, palaces, and museums within the park boundaries.

                                      Once we have had a chance to tour the ruins, we depart Lamanai by boat for a scenic ride into the Crooked Tree area where we have tremendous birding and wildlife opportunities: Iguana, Parrot, Toucan and even Morlet's Crocodile can be seen along the banks of the New River Lagoon. Upon arriving on the shore, we transfer overland for 45 minutes to Crooked Tree Village. We overnight at Birds Eye View Lodge, along the banks of the Crooked Tree Lagoon.

                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                                      Day 3: With an early morning coffee and binoculars in hand, we enjoy the waking wilderness and many hundreds of birds feeding along the shores of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Lagoons. The protected area was created in 1984 primarily to preserve resident and migratory birds, and consists of a network of inland lagoons, swamps and waterways that shelter one of the world's largest flying birds, the jabiru (jabiru mycteria.). After breakfast we enjoy a morning boat tour in the lagoons. We'll return to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards, we'll have time to relax and gather our bags before departing to the Mayan site of Altun Ha. Considered one of the major Mayan ceremonial centers of Belize, Altun Ha also functioned as an important trading center between the interior and the Caribbean Sea during the classic period (250-900 AD). However, Altun Ha has been dated as far back as 600 BC. Within the site, there are more than 275 structures and there are up to 250 to 300 unexcavated mounds..

                                      We return to Belize City around 4:00 pm. Those that have done their Mayan Extension at the beginning of their program in Belize will continue from here to their first night accommodations. For those travelers that are doing their Maya Extension at the end of their Belize tour you will be dropped off at the Belize International Airport or the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City to continue with your independent travels. Arrangements can be made to take flights out of Belize City by 2:00pm for these guests.

                                      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

                                      2013/2014 Price

                                      REI Member: $649 double occupancy; $799 single occupancy.

                                      Prices Include

                                      Meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3, accommodations, transfers and tours described in the itinerary; professional guiding services.

                                      Not Included

                                      Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; items of a personal nature; gratuities; insurance of any kind; international flights & airport departure tax; extra costs due to late arrivals and other circumstances beyond our control.

                                      Single Travelers

                                      All single travelers must pay the single rate.

                                      Accommodations

                                      On the nights of Day 1 and Day 2, we will be staying at Birds Eye View Lodge, situated on the water's edge of the Crooked Tree Lagoon. This comfortable Belizean-style hotel offers private baths and lakeside views. The rooftop deck and bar atop the lodge is a perfect place to catch the evening breeze and reminisce over your recent discoveries.

                                      Payment and Cancellation Policy

                                      Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The following change and cancel fees apply:

                                      31 to 60 days – 50% of trip cost

                                      0 to 30 days – 100% of trip cost

                                      Qualifications

                                      This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. It is suitable for people of all ages who enjoy an active, adventurous, and educational vacation. We provide thorough expert skills instruction during our trips—no previous experience is needed to participate.

                                      Keep in mind that although this is a van-escorted and boat-oriented trip, you will be hiking a fair amount each day in warm, humid conditions. Also for those that choose, climbing the Mayan temples can be steep. Engaging in walking, running and aerobics for cardio-vascular fitness are good ways to be in shape for this trip.

                                      Days: 3

                                      Price: from $649 per person

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