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AKTE’IL HA CACAO FARM

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Come and experience the Magic of making your own Chocolate - some say delicacy of the Mayan Kings.


Located in the Mayan Village of Indian Creek 25 miles north of Punta Gorda Town and about an hour and a half from Placencia Village lies the Akte’il Ha cacao Farm which is owned and operated by the Maquin family, who are descendants of the ancient Mayas who once cultivated cacao in the region. 


Upon arrival at Akte’il Ha farm the Maquin family will warmly welcome you to see their farm. 


Where they will take you on a 45 minutes tour of their organic cacao farm, here you will see firsthand how the cacao is grown. You will also learn the historical value of cacao and chocolate uses from the ancient times by their ancestors and how it has descended from then until now.it is still used and loved in every home of these traditional people. 


after the tour of the farm you will then experience the transformation of the seeds into the wonderful chocolate the many people from around the world enjoy.


The Maquin Family will teach you furthermore about the cacao and have you partake in the making and tasting of original Mayan made chocolate.

Interesting facts about Cacao:

  • First known consumers of the cacao / chocolate were the Mayan people of the Central Americas.

  • Cacao beans were used as a form of trading in the ancient Mayan days.

  • Belizean cacao beans are of the highest quality than any other beans being produced around the world.


This tour is best combined with one of the Southern Ruins like Nim Li Punit or Lubaantun, (Hokeb Ha Cave) Blue Creek Cave exploration, Rio Blanco Waterfall and or the Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens.

DURATION

Because of the distance this tour is an early departure at 6:30 am and will return around 5:00 pm.

ATTIRE

  • Long pants

  • T-Shirt with long sleeves

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking or tennis shoes

  • Swimwear and change of clothes

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

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PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $420.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $210.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $175.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

GARIFUNA CULTURAL & CULINARY TOUR | CULTURE MEETS CULINARY

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Garifuna people of Belize are a people descended from a mixture of African slaves imported into the Caribbean and indigenous people of the Caribbean Islands. 


This unique blending of two different populations has given the Garifuna a truly unique culture. On one hand, the Garifuna have retained many influences from their African heritage, including their language and musical traditions. 


Likewise, their heritage inherited from the indigenous populations of the Caribbean play an important role in modern Garifuna culture. The government of Belize has embraced the enormous cultural contributions of the Garifuna to music, food, and the arts. There is now a national holiday (November 19th) that celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna.


The Garifuna have successfully managed to preserve most of their traditional culture, officially recognized as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations in 2001. 


The Garifuna contributions to education, culinary arts, music, language, and dance continue to demonstrate the resilience of the Garifuna, a proud people with the skills and resolve to face every challenge with strength of conviction and artful expression.


On this tour, you will learn more about Garifuna music, food and arts. The tour can best be combined with Serpon Sugar Mill or Waterfall visit at Bocawina.

DURATION

This tour is in combination with other attractions 7 hours long and departs around 8:00 am. Lunch is included.

ATTIRE

  • Long/Short pants

  • T-shirt/ Long Sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking / Tennis Shoes

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Lunch on a private island resort

NOTES

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PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $400.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $200.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $220.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

LAMANAI CHOCOLATE TOUR

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Lamanai Chocolate who has developed a reputation of being place with the best chocolate you can find in Belize and some of the richest you will taste in the world.


You will have the opportunity to experience the process being used in the making of it. you will also see first-hand the Mayan process of making chocolate.


This tour can be best combined with Billy Barquedir National Park or even with Xunantunich.

DURATION

This tour is in combination with other attractions 7-8 hours long and departs around 8:00 am. Lunch is included.

ATTIRE

  • Long/Short pants

  • T-shirt/ Long Sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking / Tennis Shoes

  • Swim Wear and Water Shoes

Attire will depend on what other site you chose to visit, as well as age, departure time & return time.

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

n/a

PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $400.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $200.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $270.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

SERPON ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE/ ZIP-LINING & WATERFALL

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Located about an hour drive from Placencia Peninsula and about a mile in on the access road to the little Village of Sittee River stands a very important landmark in Belize’s Colonial history. It is the remnants of the steam powered Serpon Sugar Mill, which was established in 1865, and marked the start of Belize’s industrial era.


Estimates are that at its peak the Serpon Sugar Mill was producing and shipping 1,700 pounds of sugar per month. In the late 19thcentury, Serpon was a technological marvel with its main crusher, boiler, beam engine, furnace, and hot air exchanger were all powered by steam.


Along with all this history the site itself is a marvel of its own with all the fauna & flora, Beautiful tress towering above the earth, like the massive Fig trees that looks as if though they go into the heavens. And the many colorful birds that make this wonderful place their home can be seen here.


This tour is best combined with one of the Mayflower Bocawina National Park Zip-lining and or a beautiful hike to one of the many waterfalls in this wonderful Park.

DURATION

This tour is in combination with other attractions 7-8 hours long and departs around 8:00 am. Lunch is included.

ATTIRE

  • Long/Short pants

  • T-shirt/ Long Sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking / Tennis Shoes

  • Swim Wear and Water Shoes

Attire will depend on what other site you chose to visit, as well as age, departure time & return time.

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

n/a

PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $600.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $300.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $260.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

SOUTHERN RUINS & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Located in the beautiful foothills of the southern Maya Mountains of the Toledo District in Southern Belize. About an hour and half drive on the southern highway, you will have the choice of either the Nim Li Punit and/or Lubaantun Mayan ruins for your Morning adventure.


Nim Li Punit:

is sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya for "Big Hat and gets its name from a carving on the longest of the site’s 26 stelae. The longest stelae is carved with a figure wearing a large headdress and, at a length of 30 feet, is the longest discovered in Belize and one of the tallest in the Maya world. Nim Li Punit is situated in the foothills of the southern Maya Mountains.


Lubaantun:

is known as "Place of the Fallen Stones" in Maya. This archaeological site is quite peculiar as the style of architecture is most district, and unusual, from other archaeological sites in Belize. Located in about two miles from the San Pedro Columbia Village.


After exploring the ancient ruins, we take a short drive to the nearby village of Indian Creek where you will have true taste of the Mayan cuisine and learn how to prepare their famous corn tortilla.

DURATION

This tour is 7 hours long and departs around 8:30 am. Lunch is included.

ATTIRE

  • Long/Short pants

  • T-shirt with long sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking or Tennis shoes

Attire will depend on what other site you chose to visit, as well as age, departure time & return time.

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

n/a

PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $370.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $150.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $125.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

SOUTHERN RUINS & RIO BLANCO WATERFALL

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Located in the beautiful foothills of the southern Maya Mountains of the Toledo District in Southern Belize. About an hour and half drive on the southern highway, you will have the choice of either the Nim Li Punit and/or Lubaantun Mayan ruins for your Morning adventure.

Nim Li Punit:

is sometimes known as Big Hat or Top Hat; the name is Kekchi Maya for "Big Hat and gets its name from a carving on the longest of the site’s 26 stelae. The longest stelae is carved with a figure wearing a large headdress and, at a length of 30 feet, is the longest discovered in Belize and one of the tallest in the Maya world. Nim Li Punit is situated in the foothills of the southern Maya Mountains.

Lubaantun:

is known as "Place of the Fallen Stones" in Maya. This archaeological site is quite peculiar as the style of architecture is most district, and unusual, from other archaeological sites in Belize. Located in about two miles from the San Pedro Columbia Village.

Rio Blanco Waterfalls:

after enjoying the morning exploring the ancient Mayan Ruin, we will take a drive to this breath-taking place of not more than 50 minutes away to this true source of life, the Rio Blanco Waterfalls is a site to behold. And its waters are very refreshing. Enjoy a tasty lunch while enjoying the view of the waterfall as it plunges 20 ft from a cliff as it lands in the vibrant blue and green pool.

DURATION

With departure at 8:30 am and returning time around 4:30 pm this tour is 8 long.

ATTIRE

  • Long/short pants

  • T-shirt with long sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking or tennis shoes

  • Swim Wear & water shoe (if available)

RECOMMENDED AGE

Suitable for anyone 3 & above

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

Please note waterfall is seasonal

PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $370.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $150.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $125.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

XUNANTUNICH HISTORICAL SITE

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

Enjoy a beautiful and very Scenic drive to this extremely fascinating mystical Archaeological wonder known as Xunantunich, Featuring the El Castillo pyramid, the second largest structure in Belize.


Xunantunich, located in the western district of Cayo, was lost for centuries until it was discovered by accident when a villager in Belize came across a ghost of an ancient Maya Ruins in the 1890s. today we will go and enjoy these beautiful structures.


To reach the site we will take a hand cranked ferry that is fun and also entertainment the same time.


On the way to our next adventure we will make a stop to enjoy a true taste of Belize at one of our local restaurants.


This tour can best be combined with Lamanai Chocolate Tour, Cave Tubing or St. Herman's Blue Hole.

DURATION

Departing at 6:30 am the duration of tours depends on combination. It will return latest by 5:30 pm. Lunch is included.

ATTIRE

  • Long/Short pants

  • T-shirt/ Long Sleeves

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hiking / Tennis Shoes

  • Swim Wear and Water Shoes

Attire will depend on what other site you chose to visit, as well as age, departure time & return time.

RECOMMENDED AGE

For Cave tubing: suitable for anyone 8 yrs. & above & or 4 ft. tall.

LUNCH

Included

NOTES

n/a

PRICE

  • 1 GUEST: $430.00

  • 2+ GUEST: $215.00

  • 4+ GUEST: $190.00

  • All prices in US Dollars

  • Taxes Included

INCLUDES

  • Park Fees

  • Lunch

  • Snacks

  • Equipment

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