The Highmans were referred to us by a Wildland alumni and were looking for a trip for their family for the holidays that had a combination of adventure, relaxation and education. I had a great time customizing our Luxury Belize Family Vacation to fit the needs of the whole family. From exploring the caves in Belize's Cayo District and the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, to the sparkling white sand beaches of Placencia and snorkeling with tropical fish in the Belize Barrier Reef, the Highmans enjoyed a holiday vacation full of fun and discovery.
Belize, Cayo District
Their adventure started out at the award winning rainforest eco-lodge, Chaa Creek, where they explored caves, canoed, learned about butterflies, explored the jungle, and more. "We loved every activity and place we went to! Our favorite activity was the ATM Cave tour in Belize. It was educational and exciting and one of the most incredible sights we've ever seen from a historical and geological perspective, and it was fun to do also! The guides at Chaa Creek were excellent - every one of them!"
What really made it special though, were the connections they made with the hotel staff and the shared values of community based eco-tourism that we strive to provide in all of our accommodations. "Chaa Creek was wonderful. I loved that it wasn't just a hotel in the jungle but the family has been a part of the community for many years and offers the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff I could imagine."
From the Cayo District, they traveled to Guatemala to stay at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel. On the way there, they were delighted to explore Ixpanpajul Park, which holds more than 200 species of trees, 150 species of birds and around 40 species of mammals. "The sky-walk hike was so fun! We love exercise and hiking and the thrill of being on the "hammock bridge" so high above the jungle was super exciting."
They explored the Mayan ruins of Tikal, which in its height supported upwards of 100,000 Mayans, and they learned about the archaeology and history of the Mayan ruins. They loved Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel and had another meaningful connection with the location and staff. "We were shocked to arrive at Las Luganas, a gorgeous hotel in the middle of Guatemala! It was comfortable (air conditioning!) and the food was excellent, and the staff, once again, were amazingly friendly and accommodating."
From Guatemala they flew to Placencia Village, on the Caribbean Coast of Belize, to stay at Chabil Mar Villas. They spent their time snorkeling, sailing, and relaxing, but what really stood out were the amenities and again, the brilliant staff at Chabil Mar Villas. "Chabil Mar Villas was perfect. The comfort of a "home" was much needed after the jungle for 6 days (washer and dryer, air-conditioning and a kitchen) and we appreciated the luxuries. But once again, it was the staff that made it. In ALL our travels, we've never had such great hotel staff as we have experienced at all 3 hotels. It truly made our experience even better."
As an eco-tourism company, we seek out accommodations, guides and activities that are unique, authentic and beneficial to local communities, so we love to hear when families have meaningful connections like the Highmans did. That's what travel is all about! Central America offers so much, with activities for everyone, it's truly the best place for family travel in the world. If you're interested in a meaningful vacation in Belize or elsewhere in Central America give me a call!
Keeping it wild,
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