Belize-SquareBelize is a country in Central America which has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and speaking many languages. Belize is culturally unique among Central American nations. It is the only nation in Central America with a British colonial heritage. Culturally, Belize considers itself to be Central American but keeps ties to the Caribbean Islands. Our tour to Belize offers a blend of cultural exploration along with the astounding beauty of beaches, rainforests, caves and ancient ruins. Our cultural emphasis is on the Garifuna people in Dangriga who are descendents of Arawak indigenous and escaped African slaves. We also include two special treats on this tour; a day trip to Tikal National Park in Guatemala site of the largest Mayan ruins in Central America and Caye Coco Plum an exquisite small island off of the coast of Belize.

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Belize Tour: Garifuna Adventures Itinerary

Day 1:
(Belize City)

  • Arrive to Belize City and check into the Radisson at Fort George Hotel or similiar
  • Welcome  Group Dinner
  • Evening Lecture: “Belize City Politics”
  • Glen Tillett, Journalism faculty at St Johns College

Day 2:
(Belize City)

  • Evan X, Editor and Founder of Amandela Newspaper. Lecture: “History of UBAD Movement and Black Power in Belize”
  • Adelli Ramos, Asst. Editor of Amandala Newspaper. Lecture: “Mayan Movements: Legal Claims to Land Rights”
  • Walking Tour of the city
  • Evening cultural performance event at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts

Day 3:
(Orange Walk District to Hopkins)

  • Lamani Mayan Ruins Tour: Guided
  • Guided River Boat Ride
  • Traditional Garifuna Dinner at the Belize Women’s Collective in Hopkins
  • Check into Beach homes located right on the white sand beach

Day 4:
(Hopkins)

  • Free day for sun and fun (optional activities provided including snorkeling and scuba diving)
  • Evening Garifuna Drumming Lesson

Day 5:
(Hopkins/Dangriga)

  • Garifuna Day! Dangriga
  • Visit Pen’s Artist Studio – Introductory Garifuna Dance activity w Pen
  • Visit a Casava Family Farm—the staple crop of the Garifuna people
  • Garifuna Museum Tour

Day 6:
(Hopkins)

  • Day hike in the rain forest to amazing waterfalls and natural swimming pools

Day 7: 
(Mayan Mountains)

  • Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve and Lodge
  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Swimming holes
  • Evening Lecture: Ras Kayaba “African Transitions: From the US to Belize”

Day 8:
(Belize City)

  • Free Day in Belize City
  • Good Bye Group Dinner

Day 9:

  • Departure to home city or extend your stay!

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