Planning a trip to Belize with a romantic jungle lodge experience mixed with a luxury beach resort, then consider GAIA Jungle Lodge and Matachica Luxury Beach Resort combination. Since most travelers to Belize like to be active and relax with some down time, we have come up with the perfect combination of a luxury jungle and beach, great for honeymoon couples or adult
couples. Four nights at the new renovated GAIA Lodge and 4-Nights at Matachic for diving & snorkeling.
GAIA located in Pine Ridge area offers a retreat filled with activities. It is for lovers and eco-tourists who like the proximity to the jungle and mountains. The lodge is perched on the edge of a steep valley, featuring 19 cabanas of various sizes, something for every group size and budget. All are beautifully furnished and comfortable. Highlights of the area to see are the Mayan Ruins, Cave Tours, Horseback Riding, Canopy Zip Lines and Jungle Excursions. After your Jungle stay, it’s time to relax on the beach At Matachica, located a short distance from the Center of San Pedro,
Matachic is a perfect location to relax and enjoy the amenities this resort has to offer. The resort has a nice restaurant, swimming pool and unobstructed views of the Caribbean. There are 24 air-conditioned guestrooms at Matachica Beach Resort including ceiling fans and windows that open. Cabanas are spacious and beds are draped with pure lien mosquito net. There is plenty to do with diving, fishing, surfing/boogie boarding and sailing or just relaxing with a treatment at the full-service spa. it’s a great get-away.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 USA to Belize International Airport to Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District, Belize, On arrival you will transfer to the Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District to GAIA. Enjoy four nights at Gaia in a Waterfall View Suite inclusive of breakfast. Located on the top of a ridge overlooking the Five Sisters waterfalls, Gaïa River Lodge has 16 spacious appointed private cabanas. Interior design features Belizean hardwoods, traditional bay leaf thatched roofs, varnished mahogany interiors, along with fully screened for comfort, Cabanas feature panoramic windows or a private veranda with hammock, ceiling fans, a bathroom decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles
Day 02 Gaia Jungle & River Lodge
Today meet your guide and head off on a full day trip to explore Caracol. The day begins with a visit to the majestic Caracol Maya archaeological site, the largest Mayan site in Belize, located deep in the Chiquibul Forest. Afternoon stop at Rio Frio Cave and the Rio On pools. Stop at 1000K foot waterfall.
Situated high on the Vaca Plateau deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the most extensive Mayan site in Belize and was only re-discovered in 1936. The site of Caracol covers over 80 square miles with 30,000 structures and at its peak supported a population of more than 150,000 people. Situated 1600 feet above sea level with no natural body of water nearby, it remains a mystery how such a huge population was able to survive there. At the heart of the site lies the massive pyramid of Caana (Sky Palace), which is now almost fully restored and reaches over 135 feet high. From the top you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the forest-clad mountains. Although one of the most challenging Belize ruins to reach, the trip to Caracol leads you to the country’s grandest Maya sites. The area is home to “Canaa” (Sky Place), the largest pyramid or man made structure in Belize at 140 feet tall. A large part of Caracol is still being discovered, but visitors can enjoy simply walking among hundreds of carved monuments and structures.
Day 3: GAIA Jungle & River Lodge
Day trip to canoe through the ancient Barton Creek Cave, combined with an exhilarating zip-lining adventure. Or a visit to Green Hill Butterfly Farm to see and learn about the enchanting variety of Belize’s tropical butterflies. Afternoon return to GAIA for a relaxing swim in the river below.
Barton Creek Cave is fun relaxing way to experience this particular cave by tubing. Visitors rely on their inner tubes to take them back into ancient times by floating downstream through cave passages. Along the route, guides will share geology and Maya history of the limestone surroundings. Many tours explore different passages, with some of the caves forming
natural swimming pools of clear blue water – a serene place for a swim.
Day 4: GAIA Jungle & River Lodge
Today you relax or take a day excursion to one of the most impressive caves in Belize, Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ATM Cave. This journey starts with a ride through the Pine Ridge Mountains to the Maya Mountains in central Belize. The cave is located on the Caves Branch River. After a moderate 2-mile walk to the cave entrance your guide will pass out helmets, lights and gather any personal items you don’t want to get wet. At the cave entrance you will swim a short distance before descending into the cave. You guide will lead you through the flowing water along the limestone walls where you will see
wonderful formations of stalagmites. The highlight of the cave is viewing the ancient Mayan artifacts and carving left behind thousands of years ago.
Day 5: GAIA to Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
Transfer to Belize Airport, take a short flight to Ambergris Caye and transfer to Matachica for the next 4-nights.
Ambergris Caye is a warm, sunny island close to the mainland of Belize. It’s the largest of the cayes (25 miles long) and offers first class hotels and many water related activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and much more. The largest town on the caye is San Pedro. And while the town is booming with world-class beach resorts, the laidback
atmosphere and charm is hard to deny (cobble stone roads, casual attire, beachside cafes and more). Though visitors are attracted to the beaches of Ambergris from all over the world, the island never feels overcrowded. So, vacationers looking to enjoy the culture and everyday life of a Caribbean beach town, won’t have to sacrifice the little bit of “peace and quiet”
they’ve probably come to also relish. Golf cart is the preferred mode of transportation around the island.
Mata Chica is a secluded beach resort located about 5 miles from San Pedro. The resort features fourteen private, air-conditioned villas, including 2 luxury Caribbean Villas and an incredible Beach Mansion, each with its own unique tropical flair. Start your day with delicious freshly squeezed tropical juice and Belizean coffee, and then relax in a chair by the pool or in a hammock. Spend the afternoon on the Caribbean fishing or snorkeling, then spend the evening in the giant outdoor hot tub gazing at the stars.
These casually elegant 550-square-foot villas are popular among guests because of close proximity to the Caribbean Sea and unobstructed views of the barrier reef. Wonderfully located only 50 feet from the Caribbean Sea, each Beachfront Casita features a king-size bed, full bathroom, air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, a sitting area, a private patio with a hammock, a
feather duvet, Matouk and Frette linens, bathrobes and Central American interior furnishings.
Day 6: Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
This morning enjoy after breakfast you will embark on a snorkeling tour to the famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve – the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan (Mayan for “little channel”) revolves around a cut through the reef, which is more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep. The reserve is home to hundreds of colorful fish species, several kinds of rays and beautiful coral formations. Local fishermen used to come to Shark Ray Alley to clean their catch and their discards would attract hungry nurse sharks and southern rays. As a result these predators have long become accustomed to boats, which now bring snorkelers instead of fishers. Shark Ray Alley is the top snorkeling destination in Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Day 7: Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
Today relax and enjoy the surroundings or take an complimentary sea kayak ride. Afternoon, take a sea taxi into the small town of San Pedro to stroll and visit with the locals.
Day 8: Matachica Depart Belize
Today relax or reserve an optional fishing excursion, snorkel or dive trip to some of the famous dive site along the great barrier reef. Optional excursion not included in price.
Day 09: Matachica to Belize / USA
Depart Matachica for your return flight home.
- 4 nights accommodations at GAIA
- Day excursions listed
- RT transfers from Belize Intl Airport to GAIA
- RT local intra-country flight from Belize to Ambergris Caye
- RT Transfers from San Pedro to Matachica
- 4-nights accommodations at Matachica
- Day excursions listed at Matachica
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