Explore and experience the tastes, sounds and culture of Southern Belize from the home base of the Chaab’il B’e Jungle Lodge. “Chaab’il B’e” means “good trail” in Q’eqchi’Maya. Nestled along Jacinto Creek in the shadow of the Maya Mountains, Chaab’il B’e Jungle Lodge has seventeen trails found on the property that showcase an amazing diversity of tropical plants and birds. With the local Belizean, Maya, Creole, Garifuna and East Indian cultures, along with the explosion of the cacao industry, the Toledo District in southern Belize offers a perfect combination of nature and cultural experience - different than anywhere else in the country.
Why book with Tours of Exploration?
- We specialize in customized, personalized tours that can suit your needs, interests, and hobbies. Would you like to combine this culinary chapter of Belize with a more active one? Or mix in a unique birding experience? We can take care of this for you!
- We choose to work with local partners, not only to guarantee an immersive, culturally and naturally authentic experience; but also to economically support the area's local population and to promote cultural authenticity and preservation.
- Book with confidence as deposits are risk-free and refundable.
2021 - 2022 Departure Dates & Costs
Private departures daily based on 2 persons minimum
Trip cost: $665 USD per person, based on twin share
Extensions for reef, rainforest or archaeology available!
Let us help customize a private departure that suits your travel style and budget
Flexible Cancellation policy
Or enjoy our fully guided Birds of Belize
January 3-10, 2022, February 14-21, 2022, or April 11-18, 2022 with Roni Martinez
Day 1 Arrival and to Punta Gorda (D)
Arrive at Punta Gorda in Southern Belize and transfer to the Chaab’il B’e Jungle Lodge. Orientation and free time to enjoy the trails. Dinner.
Airfare Belize City/Punta Gorda or private shuttle - approx. $ 115 per persons per way
Day 2: Culinary & Culture (B,L,D)
After a delicious breakfast, begin a day of exploring the culinary and cultural sites in Belize's Southern Province of Toledo. This includes a visit to a Spice Farm, and later learn about the history and process of making chocolate at the Ixcacao Belize Maya Chocolate farm. Stops to admire the rural pastures, forests and coastline. In the afternoon a culinary lesson and dine on your creations while learning about local stories and traditions.
Day 3: Mayan Archaeology & Creole Culture(B,L,D)
Today will will drive to the Nim Li Punit ruins, an impressive Mayan site from the classical period - the grandest of the ruins in Southern Belize. Alternatives can be made to include Labuntaan - another of the area's great Maya sites. In the afternoon we visit the Warasa Garifuna Drum School, and enjoy a Maroon Creole Fire Hearth cooking lesson.
Day 4: Countryside & departure (B,L)
Early morning to enjoy the trails. Breakfast and a drive through the Mayan villages that dot the scenic roadway towards the Guatemalan border. Lunch at the Farm Inn with some time to explore the trails on the property, also rich in tropical birds and plants. Then you will be transferred to the Punta Gorda airstrip or taken by shuttle to your next location.
Please let us know if you have a special interest in birds or wildlife or Mayan culture so that we can customize and tweak
Extensions to Placencia Beach and Reefs available on request (with a stop at Red Bank Village to see the Scarlet Macaws enroute).
- 3 nights stay at Chaab’il B’e Lodge
- Meals as indicated; 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners (2 on tours), 3 lunches (on tours)
- Tours as indicated
- Tax & service charge