This tiny country is loaded with water sports, relaxing beaches, jungle eco-walks, Mayan ruins, and fascinating local culture, so tours in Belize are a great way to combine a lot of crazy stuff into one trip. Belize tends to attract independent travelers, but there are plenty of small tour operators who offer packages suited to different interests.
The country is known as one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world so many people book a trip to Belize to just focus in one area. But the different regions along the coast offer very different things so booking a Belize tour is an excellent way to make sure you are getting all the angles with the help of people with local knowledge.
In addition to the underwater sports, the country has excellent sailing opportunities and great beaches in the south. There are Belize tours that give you a combination of diving, sailing, and even fishing, and of course that’s just staying on the coast. Inland Belize is also an adventure playground in addition to being home to many important Mayan ruin sites.
Jungle, adventure, and eco-tours
San Ignacio is the major hub for adventures in the Belize jungle near Guatemala. The town straddles two rivers so kayaking is popular in addition to various eco-tours and jungle explorations. Just a little further west in Guatemala you’ll find the amazing Mayan ruins of Tikal near Flores. If you’ve got a couple of weeks and you want to sample a bit of everything with professional guides who can show you the best of the country, consider booking a full Belize adventure trip and tour. In that much time you can see not only the best of Belize, but also the fascinating sights of bordering Guatemala and southern Mexico.
These are not your grandparents’ tours
Many independent travelers will stubbornly reject the idea of a group tour regardless of where it is. But this part of the world is not home to the highways full of senior citizens on their hop off the bus, look around for 30 minutes and hop-back-on tours. This is adventure stuff so booking a tour will put you in a small group of people who share your interests. Particularly for solo travelers, this approach can be the difference between boredom and solitude versus making friends on the trip of a lifetime.
Even if you don’t book a Belize tour it’s a good idea to try to mix your itinerary up. The biggest cost of your whole trip is likely to be your roundtrip airfare to Belize, so it would be a shame to be so close to so many different kinds of activities and yet end up doing the same one for your entire stay.
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Top 5 Belize Adventure Tours
Land of Belize 8 days, from US$1100
The tour visits Belize and Guatemala. It allows visitors to discover the cultural history of Belize , the lush jungle, the sandy beaches and the ruins. The tour starts in Belize City and enjoy a walking tour , then head to San Ignacio for 2 days. Now it’s time to see the ruins of Tikal and spend time in the nature. Then we head to Caye Caulker to enjoy the sun and sand, before your flight back home.
Best of Guatemala & Mexico (visiting Belize, too!) 13 days, from US$1145
The tour starts in Antigua , where you can see the well maintained colonial buildings and the volcanoes which surround the city. Then you’ll visit Tikal and cross the border to Belize. Enjoy San Ignacio and spend some time on the beach in Caye Caulker. Now it’s time to visit Tulum before heading to Playa del Carmen for some water fun and the flight back home.
Mayan Encounter 17 days , from US$1190
The tour visits Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. The tour takes you to enjoy the beaches of Tulum, be amazed by the underwater life in Caye Caulker, see the ruins at Tikal and take photos of the volcanoes surrounding Antigua. It starts in Playa del Carmen and continues to Tulum. From there, cross the border to Belize and enjoy the sun and sand at Caye Caulker. San Igancio is next , followed by Tikal and a journey through the jungle to get to Rio Dolce. Discover and admire Antigua before ending the tour in San Jorge La Laguna.
Central America Encompassed 31 days, from US$2100
The tour also visits Belize, Guatemala and Mexico and takes you to unique cosmopolitan cities, ruins, beaches and natural beaches. It starts in Mexico City and then visits Puebla , followed by Oaxaca. Then enjoy the local culture in San Cristobal de las Casas and the Mayan temples of Palenque. Visit Merida and then Playa del Carmen and the famous Chichen Itza. Explore Tulum and cross the border to Belize and enjoy Caye Caulker. San Ignacio is next on the list, followed by Tikal and Rio Dolce. Chill out in Antigua , shop in San Jorge La Laguna and then head back to Antigua before the flight back home.
Best of Central America 44 days, from US$3195
The tour visits Belize , Costa Rica , Guatemala , Honduras , Nicaragua and Mexico. It starts in Playa del Carmen and then it’s time for two days in Tulum. Head to Belize and enjoy the sun and sand in Caye Caulker, then visit San Ignacio. Visit Guatemala and then Rio Dolce. Antigua is next followed by a day trip to San Jorge La Laguna and back to Antigua. Cross the border to Honduras and visit Copan, followed by Roatan Island. Visit the historical city of Comayagua and get over the border in Nicaragua to visit Granada. Enjoy the volcanic island of Ometepe. Monteverde and La Fortuna are next on the list , followed by San Jose and Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Spend some time in Bocas del Toro and then enjoy the beauty of Boquete. Santa Catalina is next on the list before heading to Panama City for your flight back home.