Projects Abroad traveller swims through the coral reefs of the Belize barrier Reef.

Discovery Tour in Belize

Soak up the sea, sun and sand as you snorkel through the Belize Barrier Reef and explore the Mayan ruins

At a glance

Set yourself on a path towards true adventure on a Discovery Tour in Belize. You’ll be guided through the big city in Belize, get to explore ancient Mayan ruins and soak up the sun on white sand beaches. You’ll even get to snorkel around the coral reef, protect green iguanas and learn to cook traditional Garifuna food.

You’ll leave with a glowing tan, lifelong memories and a deep love of Belize.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

What are the highlights of my Discover Belize trip?

Your trip will be full of sun, sea and adventure. Here are the highlights of our Discovery Tour in Belize: 

  • Explore Belize City, the biggest city in Belize
  • Snorkel with the abundant marine life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Explore the impressive Cahal Pech Mayan ruins
  • Float through the Nohoch Che’en Caves peppered with stalactites, stalagmites, and Mayan artefacts
  • Trek to the top of the sacred pyramids to enjoy the enchantment of Xunantunich
  • Visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar sanctuary
  • Join our Barrier Reef Conservation Project on the peninsula of Palencia

Is this trip to Belize right for me?

If sun, sea and sand is your life motto then a Discovery Tour is right up your alley. You’ll spend a week exploring this Central American country with an itinerary filled with exploration, culture and plenty of Garifuna food. Our local guides will open your eyes to a land you wish you’d visited sooner.

This Discovery Tour is open to anyone over the age of 18 years old. You are also required to have at least a decent level of fitness due to the nature of some of the hikes and other activities on your itinerary.

During your stay, you’ll be living in hotels with the rest of your groups. Your accommodations embody the Garifuna culture, and you’ll have lush green forests and crystal clear waters right on your doorstep. You’ll also stay in shared accommodations during the time you spend on our Conservation Project in Placencia.

Day 1 – Arrival in Belize City

The moment you land in Belize, our staff will be by your side. They’ll collect you from the airport and take you directly to your accommodation in Belize City. Depending on the time you arrive, you might be able to explore the surrounding area or have a rest before the rest of your group arrives.

Once everyone has arrived, you’ll receive a full country, safety and cultural induction. This will prepare you for the week ahead and it will give you and your group the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You’ll end off a long day of traveling with a hearty team dinner. Use this opportunity to get to know each other and interact with the rest of your group.

Day 2 – Tour of Belize City

After a restful night's sleep, you'll wake up to a Garifuna inspired breakfast. Think all things tropical, like fresh fruit and banana fritters, some egg and possibly a seafood or two. 

Once you’re fueled up for the day, you’ll take a tour of Belize City. You’ll walk passed colonial buildings and through dirt streets. You’ll visit seaside parks and contemporary galleries with art that will pull you in. And don’t forget to stop off at a few of the bustling shopping areas that come alive with cultural vibrancy. You might even get to pick up a souvenir or two while you’re there.

Day 3 – Hol Chan Marine Reserve

After breakfast, you’ll head off to Hol Chan Marine Reserve where you’ll spend the day in the crystal clear waters. When you aren’t snorkeling around the corals of the barrier reef, you’ll get to tuck into a delicious lunch of garnaches. Embrace the simplicity of a day on the beach while soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm waters.

Day 4 – San Ignacio and Cahal Pech 

Today, you’ll travel to San Ignacio which is the heart and soul of the Cayo District. You’ll experience the positive and infectious city vibe as you explore the bustling open-air market, sample the local cuisine and walk alongside the Macal River. 

Once the city gets too much, you’ll head off into more natural areas as you hike towards the fascinating Cahal Pech. You’ll travel through the cool jungle to get to this incredible Mayan ruin where a guide will share its incredible story.

Day 5 – Green iguana conservation project, NoHoch Che’en Caves and Xunantunich

You’ll have a busy day ahead in the lush Macal Valley. You’ll follow the jungle trail that winds through the trees to the Green Iguana Conservation Project. There, you’ll get up close and personal with the iguanas and find out more about their life cycle and habits. You’ll learn how the eggs are collected and hatched, then cared for until the reptiles are released into the wild.

After a morning of teachings, you’ll get to relax as you float through the depths of the NoHoch Che’en Caves. The caves are peppered with stalactites, stalagmites, and Mayan artefacts - a joy for adventurers. You’ll finish off your trip with a trek to Xunantunich. This enchanting Maya archaeological site is something to behold and has plenty of stories waiting for you to discover.

Day 6 – Jaguar Sanctuary, Barrier Reef Conservation Project and Garifuna cooking class

Your day will start at Cockscomb Basin where you’ll visit the world’s first Jaguar Sanctuary. You’ll be in awe at these majestic big cats.

You’ll then head to Placencia where you’ll join our Belize Barrier Reef Conservation Project. You’ll learn about our plans to protect marine life and get involved in the data collection of different species. 

For dinner, you’ll be in for a treat. Prepare yourself for a traditional Garifuna dinner using only local ingredients. You and your group will eat together with the sea breeze lulling you into the evening.

Day 7 – Departure from Belize City

You’ll wake up to the sounds of crashing waves on our Barrier Reef Conservation Project. You’ll start the day with a data collection dive in the warm waters that will contribute to government conservation policies. Once you’ve dried off and packed your bags, you’ll head back to Belize City to catch your flight home. Use this time to exchange contact information with your group and relive the memories you made over the last week.

Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad travellers during your stay in Belize. This is a great way to get to know each other, share experiences, and explore your surroundings during your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day. 

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 619 320 2424 to see if we can offer a discount.

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