All of the great things already said about Thatch Caye are true! We had a great experience here. Meal times were set which made it easier to plan activities. (The food was great too.) We snorkeled, kayaked, swam, sunned, and then read in the hammocks in between activities. Everyone here made sure that we had the experience that we came for. We were so grateful that no one hovered, but there was always someone available when we wanted something. We visited in off-season and loved being asked at breakfast “What do you want to do today?” All of the staff members were wonderful.
Belize is well known for the Mayan Ruins, Caving and amazing hiking. Whether by inner tube or canoe or spelunking in a cathedral cavern, the museum quality artifacts and natural formations of life found deep in the mountains are a memorable adventure for all! Full day mainland tours include transportation to and from Thatch Caye Resort, packed picnic lunch, tour permit fees and services of a tour guide. Mainland tours require a minimum of 2 or 4 people.
Xunantunich is located, a few miles from the western border of Belize. Your adventure begins with a ride across the Mopan River to Mayan Ruins on a hand-cranked ferry. You’ll get to climb to the top of largest pyramid, El Castillo, rising 130 feet above the main plaza. El Castillo, offers an impressive Panoramic View of the Belize’s Cayo District and nearby Guatemala. The core of Xunantunich occupies about 1 square mile, consisting of a series of 6 plazas surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces. Visit the remodeled, informative museum that includes details of the excavation of the site.
Located just outside Belmopan is the ancient Maya site of Cahal Pech. The center of the site sits on the top of a steep hill on the bank of the Macal River. On-site excavations revealed one of the earliest Mayan settlements in Belize. Preliminary dating and data recovered at the center indicates that the Maya began to settle at the site sometime between 1200 – 1000 BC. The individuals that made this site home it is believed either migrated into the Belize River Valley from the west in Highland Guatemala. You’ll have the opportunity to enter the King’s chamber, Priest quarters, and a meditation sweathouse. The museum also holds numerous artifacts and treasures.
The Cocks Comb Basin is located in the Stann Creek District and is a 40-minute drive from the coastal town of Dangriga. The area was declared a National Reserve in 1984. Today it includes over 100,000 acres of raw jungle. Cockscomb is the largest jaguar reserve in the world and is home to a variety of wildlife including the jaguar, ocelots, jaguarondis, scarlet macaw parrots, and the Baird’s tapir (Belize’s national animal). The first known human inhabitants were the ancient Maya Indians. There’s a number of walking trails ranging from easy to moderate to strenuous. Many streams and tributaries of the South Stann Creek River and The Sittee River meander through the reserve. Lush jungle (classified as tropical moist forest) in which mahogany, cieba, cohune palm trees can be found as well as orchids, tree ferns, climbing vines, and a large variety of birds (over 290 species have been recorded) Hike to dramatic waterfalls. Shop for art at the Maya Center.
The park is over 800 acres in size and features swimming, nature trails and St. Herman’s Cave. The Blue Hole is actually a sinkhole formed by the collapse of an underground river channel. The exposed section of the underground Cave Branch Creek tributary can be viewed for about 150 feet before it disappears again beneath the earth’s surface. Located just off the Hummingbird Highway, Blue Hole steps lead to a 25 foot deep pool, for which the park is named. Its cool, turquoise waters surrounded by dense forest, overhung with mosses, vines and ferns are a perfect spot for a cool and relaxing dip.
Located about 500 meters from the Hummingbird Highway. The largest of the three known entrances to St. Herman’s Cave sits in a sinkhole 180 feet wide narrowing to a 60 foot wide entrance. Concrete steps cover stone steps once cut by the Maya. A trail with markers has been placed within the cave. It’s about a half mile through to the exit. Once inside, visitors can clamber over rocks and splash through the water, while admiring stunning cave formations.
Enjoy a boat ride up the beautiful Sittee River. Look for crocodiles, iguanas, river otters and the elusive manatee. Picnic lunch is provided. For a romantic tour… champagne is available and our chef will prepare you a special “Lovers Lunch”. Half day tour.
Ride on trails where the Maya once ruled and view the tropical jungle with trained guides. We offer friendly horses and a short riding lesson before setting off into the wilds of Belize. Our half day tour begins with a brief ride through a fragrant orange grove. Then the trail takes us into the mysterious greenery of the tropical rain forest. A new world envelops us as we ride under the canopy of vine-entangled palms accompanied by the call of exotic birds, this area is directly adjacent to the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. Ride through the forest of silver pimento palms, pines and Kapok trees with their huge trunks. Finally we arrive at a pristine spot on the Sittee River where we will stop for a cool refreshing swim beneath the jungle vines. Our ride then continues through the rain forest and eventually back to our starting point. Level of difficulty – Moderate. On your way back you will go to Hopkins Village for lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a quick tour of this coastal Garifuna village
Located about 30 minutes drive from Dangriga is this newly landscaped park with trails and stairways made of “flat rocks” leading you to the waterfall & natural pool. Here you will be able to swim, relax or swing from a Tarzan rope into the water. For the explorer in you, there are 3 more waterfalls you can hike to beyond this point. Picnic lunch included. On your way back to Dangriga you will drive through the village of Sittee River which leads you into Hopkins Village, where you will be able to visit local shops and the local Garifuna community.
Every Fridays there is a large outdoor market in Belmopan. Meet with the local producers and vendors, discover a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, peppers, herbs, roots and more. Belize has a variety of Mennonite settlements. Each of the communities has its own unique standard and live a slightly, to very different lifestyle, from the way of the 1900s to modern. All have retained their original dialect which is an amalgamation of Dutch and German. Most Mennonite communities support their own rigorous school system and elect their own leaders. You will get to visit 2 different types of these communities
Thatch Caye Resort is pleased to bring you a variety of specialty tours. Please note that these tours are not included in the Sun, Sights & Snorkel or Honeymoon packages and additional charges will apply. Specialty tours also require a minimum of 4 people.
The ATM Caves are located 45 minutes from Belmopan. We’ll then hike 45 minutes, crossing three rivers flowing through the beautiful 6,700 acre Tapir Mountain Nature Preserve. Travel back in time using the pathways of the ancient Maya into their Underworld. You’ll view calcified remains of Mayan People, pottery broken to release the spirit within, eerie carvings that cast shadows of the “Moon Goddess”, and dozens of artifacts used in mysterious rituals.This adventure requires the participant to be fit, able to hike, swim, climb through tight spaces, and traverse large stone steps to the inner sanctum. You will be wet the entire time on this wild cave adventure. You’ll also need to bring socks which will be worn when you get to the inner chamber that is littered with artifacts that could be easily damaged by shoes.
An hour and forty five minutes away from Dangriga is where you will find amid lush vegetation “The Belize Zoo”. Enjoy a close-up view of the local fauna, which includes jaguars, monkeys, colorful tropical birds, etc… In their natural surroundings, take as much pictures as you would like. Your professional tour guide will answer your questions. On your way back, you will do a quick stop at the Blue Hole National Park where you will be able to have a refreshing swim. The site is located only yards away from the main entrance.
Belize’s longest and most spectacular “River of Caves” cave tubing float over 2 mile underground. Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the underworld as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to light your way. You’ll float past filtered jungle light, mist swirling around you, stalagmites jutting from the river and stalactites looming from above. Continue near underground waterfalls then into the crystal cathedral, a spiritual center to the ancient Maya. Cave Tubing has become Belize’s most popular adventure trip. Some underground hiking and jungle trekking is necessary. This tour is only available during the rainy season since the river levels get very low during the dry season. This tour is usually not available from Feb-June.
Waterfalls .. waterfalls .. and more waterfalls. Hundreds of feet under the limestone mountain ridge above, explore this river cave with a total of six waterfalls that must be challenged and conquered before days end. No cave tubing today. Spectacular crystal formations loom above and ancient Maya ceremonial centers are hidden inside chambers as you explore this mist shrouded kingdom. At the end of the day, a three kilometer hike through the forest where a vehicle and driver will be waiting to bring you back to the lodge. This expedition has a very high difficulty level and all participants must be fit and agile. This adventure is subject to cancellation due to high water levels during the rainy season.
This expedition starts off with a vigorous hike into the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The edge of the Actun Loch Tunich sink hole sits over 300 feet above the basin below, 200 feet above the rainforest canopy that grows out from the sink hole basin. Caving guides then rig a system of rappelling ropes for your decent to the basin below. The first 10 feet provides the adrenaline, the next 200 feet provides an unforgettable experience and sights to behold, the last 100 feet takes you down through the rainforest canopy. Once you’re at the bottom, hike out of the foothills back to the base camp. This expedition is not for the faint of heart and all participants must be relatively fit.