This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to 
anyone with a sense of adventure!  Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, the fascinating Garifuna Carnival before finally ending 
on the beautiful tropical island of Southwand Caye the idillyc islnds of the Southern Barrier Reef 
Islands and in San Pedro on Temptation Island align= GLOBAL TRAVEL
Central American Travel Specialists

22nd Annual Garifuna Carnival Tour
Belize & Guatemala

Special Departure Tour : 13 November 2011.
( 13 nights / 14 days )
This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and 
will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, the Southern 
Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on Temptation Island

This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to 
anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, the Southern Barrier Reef 
Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye made famous as Temptation Island

This fabulous tour will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure!

Combine the Rainforests of Western Belize, the Temples of Tikal in Guatemala, the Garifuna Carnival with the pristine Reefs of Southern Belize
This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to 
anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, the Southern Barrier Reef 
Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on Temptation Island

This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the 
Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the Southern Barrier Reef 
Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on Temptation Island

      Day 1 - Sun 13 Nov - Off to the Rainforest! - (D)

      Meet & Greet on arrival at Belize International Airport and transfer up the Western Highway to the beautiful rainforest area of San Ignacio near the Guatemalan border with a stop along the way at the small and informal Belize Zoo.

      3 night stay at The San Ignacio Hotel conveniently located on the Highway to Maya History. The hotel is situated on a hill just along the Macal River in San Igancio. The 25 rooms all offer beautiful hillside views of 14 acres of Jungle Gardens, the large swimming pool and the Macal River. Balcony rooms or suites with ceiling fans, cable TV, and in-room telephones are available. Delicious meals are served in the indoor-outdoor restaurant.

      Day 2 - Mon 14 Nov - Wonders of the Rainforest - (B,L,D)

      An Exciting 7 night / 8 day tour. Explore the Emerald Mystique of the Rainforests of Belize teeming with Exotic Wildlife and Hidden Mayan Temples & Pyramids on a 3 day Inland Adventure Tour and then Relax on the Reef in lovely San Pedro on 
the idyllic Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye. Today you will enjoy a full day of rainforest adventures. After breakfast a visit will be made to the nearby ancient site of Xunantunich which is reached by crossing the Mopan River by hand-cranked ferry. There will be plenty of time to explore and climb the ruins which are great for panoramic photographs before a visit the Butterfly Farm followed by a tasty local lunch.

      This afternoon we will enjoy a relaxing end to the day, a canoe trip down the Macal River where you will see iguanas sunning themselves on the overhanging branches along the river banks.

      CLIENT COMMENT:
      "Ann, Thank you so much! We had such a wonderful time in Belize! Everything was perfect.... it was a memorable vacation for all of us. The Rainforest adventures were particularly fascinating. Again, thank you so much for all your help.."  Theresa Dolloff (and family)

      Day 3 - Tues 15 Nov - Mysteries of the Underworld - (B,L,D)

      Today you are in for a real treat! An adventurous drive towards the Mountain Pine Ridge area from where your guide will row you deep inside Barton Creek Cave (about 1 to 2 miles depending on water levels). Sit back, relax and direct your 1,000 candle lamp at the amazing formations inside the huge cave believed by the Maya to be the Underworld, "Xibalba", (pronounced SheeBALba) the Kingdom of their Gods. Float under stalagtites, see ancient skeletons and pottery and prepare to be awstruck by cathedral-like caverns. Marvel at the 5 million year old crystalline structures over 50 feet in length as your friendly guide (affectionately known as "Dave the Cave") shares his incredible knowledge with you about the Maya's beliefs about the underworld.

      Continue further into the Mountain Pine Ridge area for a packed lunch and visits to the highlights of this region. The area is dotted with beautiful waterfalls, streams and the amazing Rio Frio Cave that you can walk through. The Rio On Cascades and Pools is a cascading river which tumbles over some of the oldest rocks in all of the Americas. The water has eroded numerous pools that are perfect for bathing. Most of the pools are connected by small waterfalls that have a massaging effect if you lie underneath them.The water is clear enough to drink. Deep within the reserve is a 1000 foot falls, a spectacular ribbon of water which drops from pine forest to tropical forest below. An overlook allows you to see the top part of the falls.

      Rio Frio Caves Rio On Cascades 1,000ft Falls

      Click on any of the above photographs for larger images
      of the Mountain Pine Ridge area.

      Day 4 - Wed 16 Nov - Temples of Tikal - (B,L,D)

      Hidden for 1,000 years in the midst of rainforests teeming with wildlife are enormous ceremonial cities with magnificent Temples and Pyramids built by the mysterious Mayan people. THE TEMPLES OF TIKAL in the Peten region of Guatemala is the most fabulous site of all!

      Today we will cross over the Guatemalan border to visit the Tikal National Park. Of the park's 222 square miles only 10 square miles of central Tikal has been mapped and over 3,000 separate buildings have been revealed: temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, residences, ball courts, terraces, causeways and plazas. We will return to the San Ignacio Hotel for dinner and our final night in the Cayo region.

      Imagine the ceremonies where human sacrifices were offered to the Gods.
      Listen carefully and you will hear the still-beating heart of a dying Civilisation


      "America, say historians, was peopled by savages; but savages never reared these structures; savages never carved these stones." John Lloyd Stephens, Explorer (1839)


      Day 5 - Thurs 17 Nov - ISLA FLORES - (B,L,D)

      majestic mountains, tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, ancient mayan temples and pyramids 
along with the friendliest people you will ever meet - Belize has much more to offer than superb scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear 
waters of the second longest barrier reef in the world. Explore San Ignacio, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Mopan River, Macal River, Barton Creek Cave, 
Peten, Tikal, Lake Peten Itza, Flores, island, caye, tropical, palm trees, coral, barrier reef, diving, scuba, snorkel, swimming, watersports, 
relaxing The adventurous can get up before dawn to watch the sun rise from the top of Temple IV and after breakfast there will be more time to explore Tikal on your own.

      Late morning we will be driven to the island of Flores on Lake Peten Itza. After lunch on the shores of the lagoon we will enjoy a boat trip on the lake.

      It is also fun to explore the cobbled streets lined with handicraft stores, shopping for Guatemalan goodies. The shops stay open into the evening and you can purchase wonderful garments made of fabulous woven fabrics.



      Day 6 - Fri 18 Nov - (B,L)

      After breakfast transfer down the most scenic road in Belize, the Hummingbird Highway, past the citrus plantations of the Stann Creek Valley to Dangriga which takes it name from the local Garifuna language, loosely meaning "here, the sweet water is close at hand." It lies peacefully along the banks of the North Stann Creek River, whose water is legendary.

      An African Voice on the Caribbean Breeze!


      This fabulous 
special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the 
Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island" This fabulous special 
departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the 
Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island" Tonight is the Eve of the Garifuna Carnival when everyone takes to the streets, and drumming and Punta dancing go on most of the night. The Garifuna are friendly and relaxed and there are none who more truly live the Caribbean creed. But when the drums commence and the women chant their history in a distant tongue, hips swaying, conch shell wailing, one senses the strength of their African heritage.


      Day 7 - Sat 19 Nov - GARIFUNA CARNIVAL DAY

      Today we will join in the fun and festivities of the Garifuna Carnival in Dangriga Town

      A brief history:

      Garifuna history began more than 300 years ago when two ships filled with African slaves were wrecked on the Caribbean's Windward Island of St. Vincent. The next century saw their intermarriage with the Carib Indians, creating the Garifuna. Their mixed blood children developed fishing, hunting and farming skills but were staunchly independent and resisted colonization by both the Spanish and British for several decades. In 1795, the Garifuna chief was killed by an English soldier's bullet and his conquered people were rounded up and shipped off to the inhospitable Bay Islands off Honduras.

      This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing 
variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the 
Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake 
Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival 
before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island" On November 19th 1823, a large group of Garifuna from the Bay Islands joined about 200 others who had settled at the mouth of Stann Creek some 20 years earlier. They had left Roatan in dugout canoes with a few meager necessities to start a new life in a new land.

      The date of this mass landing is celebrated each year when everyone waits on the bridge early in the morning for the first sighting of the canoes as they re-enact the arrival of their forebears.

      Late afternoon a boat will be waiting to whisk us to one of the most idyllic tropical islands of Belize, Southwater Caye for a FABULOUS 7 night stay at Blue Marlin Lodge in Belizean-style island accommodation situated on a beautiful beach overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Southern Belize Barrier Reef.

      The island falls within the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve which has been designated a World Heritage Site.

      This fabulous special 
departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the 
Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island" MEALS: Three delicious meals including fresh seafood, fresh fruit and home baking.
      NON-DIVERS : Sunbathing, Swimming, Snorkelling or lazing in a hammock with a Caribbean Rum & Coke!
      SCUBA DIVERS: 3 days diving x 2 boat dives on each diving day including tanks, weights & belts.

      All boat dives are drift dives because this section of the barrier reef is without any permanent moorings due to the small number of divers who are able to visit these private islands in the South.

      The Southern Belize Barrier Reef offers access to some of the most spectacular wall dives, ocean drop-offs and amazing marine life anywhere in the world. Wall dives range from 30 to 120 feet with water visibility averaging 80 to 100 feet and water temperatures between 75 to 85 degrees year around.

         This fabulous special departure 
tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the Southern Barrier 
Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island"   This fabulous 
special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, lovely Lake Izabal, the dramatic Rio Dulce, the 
Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on "Temptation Island"



      Day 14 - Sat 26 Nov - Departure

      Unfortunately it is time to pack your bags for the short commuter flight back to Belize International to connect with your homebound flights.

      An Escape You Will Always Remember...
      To a Place You Will Never Forget.
      A Place of Yesteryear's History,
      Today's Hospitality and Tomorrow's Hope.

This fabulous special departure tour includes an amazing variety of content and will 
appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure! Combine the Rainforests of Belize teeming with wildlife, the magnificent Temples of Tikal, 
the Southern Barrier Reef Islands and the Garifuna Carnival before finally ending in San Pedro on Temptation Island


Garifuna Carnival Tour 2011 Rates
( All rates are per person in US dollars )
Double 2,995
Single 4,130
Dive Package 400
NOTES:
  • All rates are per person in US dollars.
  • Rates are based on 2 people sharing twin/double rooms.
  • Triple rates on request.
CHILD RATES:
  • Under 2 years old. No Charge.
    Meal charges to be paid direct to hotels.
  • 2 to 9 years. Half Price if sharing accommodations
    with two full paying adults.
  • Over 10 years. Save 30% if sharing accommodations
    with two full paying adults.
INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations
  • All domestic road, boat and air transfers
  • Local Guide Services
  • All entrance fees
  • Meals as listed (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
HOTEL TAXES:
  • All our rates automatically INCLUDE 9% hotel tax
  • All our rates automatically INCLUDE 10% sales tax
  • All our rates automatically INCLUDEall service charges
  • THERE ARE NO HIDDEN "EXTRAS".
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS:
  • The following domestic flights are included:
  • Dangriga to Belize City
  • Belize City to San Pedro
  • San Pedro to Belize International
NOT INCLUDED:
  • International Flights. See Getting to Belize for discount flights
  • Departure Taxes (allow $45 pp)
  • Beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities - at your own discretion
INSURANCE:
PAYMENTS: YOU WILL BE PAYING THE HOTELS AND SERVICES DIRECT. As hotels have different deposit requirements, we will advise the deposits required and the dates these are due. To make reservations please EMAIL or telephone our office in the UK. A Booking Form will be sent to you which should be completed, signed and returned promptly.



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