Belize Yoga Retreat
Practice yoga in paradise and visit sun-drenched beaches, winding caves, and jungles
Come with us to Belize to practice yoga in paradise and visit sun-drenched beaches, winding caves, and jungles packed with wildlife. Each day includes a yoga session along with exciting tours of the local area. You’ll snorkel in crystal clear waters, enjoy unique Garifuna culture, visit modern-day Mayan villages, and discover some of the most incredible ecosystems remaining in the Americas, including a jaguar preserve and a wild scarlet macaw sanctuary.
DAY 1: Arrive at the Belize International Airport to meet your trip mates, and ride to Hopkins where you will stay for the length of your trip. Settle in at beach accommodations on the shore of the Caribbean and prepare for the next few days of yoga, relaxation, great seafood, and very friendly people. Enjoy a night yoga session under the stars.
DAY 2: Wake up to the shores of the Caribbean and begin your day with yoga. Spend the afternoon experiencing some of the finest snorkeling on the planet in South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The barrier reef of Belize is pristine and huge. Explore this fascinating and colorful underwater world and enjoy lunch on a small mangrove island.
DAY 3: After a wake up yoga session, enjoy a morning visit to the famed Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve for a guided tour of the jungle. Run by the Belize Audubon Society, the Cockscomb Basin is one of the last refuges for the jaguar. It is also home to many other species of birds and animals. After a jungle hike, enjoy a swim in a crystal clear pool at the base of a waterfall or a float down the jungle river in an inner tube. After that, head off for great shopping at a Mayan crafts center and then bird watching later in the afternoon.
DAY 4: Spend the morning relaxing and participating in yoga under the palapa. The afternoon is yours to spend exploring the town of Hopkins, ziplining in the jungle, or relaxing at the beach. Dinner will be shared with Garifuna drummers serving local fare.
DAY 5: You have the option to rise early and go to the Mayan village of Red Bank to see scarlet macaws. This is one of the last places these majestic parrots live in the wild. The adventuresome can hike up into the mountains to take in the scenic village of Red Bank, a friendly place where modern day Maya live. Enjoy lunch by the river before heading back to relax on the beach in Hopkins. Wind down with an evening yoga session.
DAY 6: Enjoy one last tropical breakfast and then drive to Belize City for your flight. Head home centered after days of yoga in paradise.
What To Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Enjoy exploring the jungles of Belize and yoga on the beach. We will hike a few miles of uneven trail with elevation change each day. While trails are accessible, it is important to bring sturdy hiking footwear.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will travel by foot as you explore the wonders of Belize. Transportation to and from accommodations will be provided by boat or van.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is necessary to complete this trip. Enjoy an active adventure as you experience the jungles and temples of Belize first hand. Casual swimming for snorkeling and beach time will also take place.
WEATHER: Temperatures between January and March can range from 60 F at night to 95 F during the day at the coast and from 50 F at night to 85 F during the day in the mountains. Rainfall varies, you should expect some rain throughout your trip.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 8 to 12 participants and 1-2 Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Throughout the trip we will be staying in local hotels. The accommodations are simple yet comfortable. Typically there are 2-4 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.
MEALS: Meals are made for you. You'll enjoy in typical Belize fare, including fresh fish, chicken, and lots of fruit. The water in Belize is safe to drink from the tap and bottled water is readily available. We'll enjoy happy hours, but the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: You will need to provide your personal gear which is outlined in the packing list.A note about the itinerary: Our trips are real adventures in the outdoors. While we'll make every effort to follow the itinerary listed here, elements may change due to weather or reasons beyond our control.
Visitors to the Central American nation of Belize will encounter a beautiful paradise of lush tropical rainforests, an incredible variety of wildlife, wonderful beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins.
The landscape encompasses coastal mangrove forests, lush tropical rainforests, offshore “cayes” (pronounced “keys,” meaning islets and islands), and the MesoAmerican Reef—the second largest coral reef system in the world. The unspoiled rainforests and savannas of Belize are well-known homes to jaguars and other large cats, spider and howler monkeys, tapirs, peccaries and nearly 350 species of birds, many of which migrate between Belize and the United States. To complement the botanically rich world of these rainforests, Belize’s bountiful coastal waters stretch along the coast for over 240 miles, harboring manatee, dolphin, whale sharks, hawksbill turtles, crocodiles, iguanas, shorebirds, and diverse fish populations.
Belize’s tropical rainforest covers about two-thirds of the country and provides home to more than 4,000 species of native flowering plants, including 250 species of orchids and 700 trees. Some parts of this subtropical climate receive over 190 inches of rainfall per year to sustain its intense levels of biodiversity. Recent studies have shown that Belize’s protected areas have been extremely effective in protecting the country’s forests.
The marine areas offer breeding grounds for declining commercially important fish species, including grouper and snapper, conch and lobster, and sport fish species including permit, bonefish, and tarpon. Commercial and subsistence fisheries and marine ecotourism depend on these waters, and the region remains critical to maintaining the marine productivity of southern Belize and neighboring countries to the north and south.
Formerly called British Honduras, Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. It became an independent nation in 1981. Located on the Caribbean side of Central America, Belize adjoins both Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Belize is a fairly small nation, a little smaller than the size of the U.S. state of New Hampshire.
A combination of natural factors—climate, the Belize Barrier Reef, over 1,000 offshore cayes, excellent fishing, safe waters for boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling, numerous rivers for rafting and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya ruins—support the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. Belize also has the largest cave system in Central America. Development costs are high, but the Government of Belize has designated tourism as its second development priority after agriculture. In 2007, tourist arrivals totaled 251,655 (with more than 210,000 from the U.S.) and tourist receipts amounted to $183 million.
Belize contains an interesting mix of cultures, predominantly Mayan and Garifuna, but remains the least densely populated nation in Central America. In the 1700s and 1800s, ships carrying slaves from Africa wrecked on the reefs off Belize. The survivors came to shore and met the Carib Indians, and formed what we now call Garifuna culture.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Your 10% deposit is non-refundable. If you choose to cancel your trip:
For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior to start date — we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 6 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 1 week— no refunds will be issued.
For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior to start date— we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 12 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 2 weeks — no refunds will be issued.
In the rare event that WI cancels a trip, or we are unable to serve you, all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.
Under certain circumstances, such as death of a family member, change in health status, loss of employment, etc., we may make exceptions to our refund policies. Please let us know immediately if your plans change!
Some of the trip information on your website is different than the trip catalog. Why?
WI typically creates and prints our annual trip catalog in December. At that time we do our best to have finalized trip itineraries and set our prices accordingly. However, sometimes there are changes to a trip that necessitate adjustments to our prices after the catalog has gone to print.
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Single Room Supplement
You can elect to guarantee a single room for the duration of the trip for $350 during the registration process.
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport at 2:30 PM (local time)
End: Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport at 9:30 AM (local time)
This trip begins at Philip S.W.Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE) at 2:30 PM. This trip ends at Philip S.W.Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE) at 9:30 AM. Please book flights accordingly to match this schedule. For assistance in making your travel arrangements for this trip, we recommend Travel One, Inc. at (800) 247-1311 or www.traveloneinc.com. They can help you make the best flight connections at the best prices. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip.