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12 Tours of December

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Many visitors to Belize are discombobulated on arrival by the sheer amount of things to do while in the Jewel. Across various ecologies, including savannahs, rainforests, reefs, and cave systems, and a multitude of cultural activities, the options can be overwhelming.

For those that want some help getting their bearings on what to do when visiting Belize this December, we at The Belize Collection created this list of 12 hit adventures with our tour partners that’ll keep the holiday spirit roaring into the new year.

For The Archaeologically Curious

Ceremonial Cave at Sleeping Giant

The Ceremonial Cave, located right on the grounds of Sleeping Giant, provides an opportunity for visitors to see a site significant to the Maya of the past and present. After a jungle hike, you’ll be thrust into a cave featuring pottery, tools as well as skeletal remains. With impressive cave formations formed over thousands of years, you’ll be enlivened by the space that was once a site of significant spiritual practices. A great primer for those interested in learning about ancient Maya practices, the Ceremonial cave is a perfect half-day excursion for those staying at the Rainforest Lodge.

For the Chill Adventurer

St. Herman’s Cave Tubing Adventure

On some vacation days, you wanna just chill and not move as much as possible, but you feel like you oughta explore and do something adventurous. Not many tours meet those criteria. Fortunately, the cave tubing adventure at St. Herman’s Cave fits the bill. Located in the Blue Hole National Park nearby the Rainforest Lodge the tour involves a short, moderate hike before you’re handed a tube and enter the soothing cave waters. From there, you’ll course through the cave at a gentle pace, taking in its many sights. You’ll be able to cross off one more thing off the bucket list while relaxing.

For the Bushmen and Merfolk

Jaguar Preserve Waterfall Hike

First things first. Despite the name, you’re unlikely to see a jaguar on this tour, but take solace in the fact that they might see you. No worries though. Jaguars keep to themselves when they encounter a greater predator. On this leisurely hike covering the world’s only jaguar (Panthera onca) preserve, you’ll come across markers of the big cats’ presence as well as a wide assortment of other animals indigenous to Belize including howler monkeys, tapirs and peccaries. Once at the waterfall, take a dip, and cool down knowing you’re in one of the best places for Belize’s wildlife.

For the Fish Lovers

South Water Reef Snorkeling

Launching from Jaguar Reef’s dock, the South Water Reef Snorkeling tour starts with a 30-minute boat ride to the South Water Caye marine reserve. Once there, you’ll start your first of two 45-minute snorkel stops. You’ll swim through the world’s longest unbroken barrier reef system and get to observe all the life teeming within. Don’t forget to breathe as the sights will take your breath away.

For those Into Vintage Cities

Xunantunich Maya Site

Xunantunich is one of the major Maya sites in Belize featuring El Castillo, the second-highest structure in Belize (yes, including all contemporary buildings). With 6 major plazas and 25 temples to see, you’ll be able to roam around for hours imagining what it was like when the area was a thriving place of Maya commercial and ceremonial activity. Climb the accessible temples and appreciate a view of one of the world’s greatest civilizations.

For Those Heart-Pounding Action

Angel Falls Extreme Zipline

Get a birds-eye view of the Maya Mountain forest canopies with this zipline tour. Over three hours, you’ll zoom through the Maya Mountains like a hawk on the hunt. Look ahead, look down, look wherever you like as you’re guided through a sphere that few humans get to experience.

For the Chocoholics

Maya Chocolate Tour

You. Yes, you. You claim to be a lover of chocolate yet you’ve never seen the cacao pods fresh from the tree, or ground the dried pods to a rich paste. This is your chance to correct that lapse in your commitment to chocolate. You’ll learn all about the process required to get the fruit of the gods from the farm to a bar and also learn the significance of cacao to the Maya. By the end of the tour, you’ll get to appreciate the work that goes into making your very own chocolate bar and delight in samples made by this family-run chocolate tour company.

For Those Seeking the Sacred

ATM Cave

Actun Tunichil Muknal, often called the ATM Cave, is a site that requires perhaps the greatest amount of physical and spiritual endurance of all those in this list. Start with a hike through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve before arriving at the mouth of the cave. From there, you’ll swim, yes, swim, into the cave. Once in, you, the guide, and the rest of your group will venture through the cave observing a wide swath of Maya artifacts before concluding with a viewing of the Crystal Maiden whose skeleton has been well-preserved for over 1000 years. Beyond the artifacts, those that visit sometimes speak of the profound impact the journey to the cave has on them. Be ready to have your soul probed and reemerge into the sunlight with new insights.

For the Drum-Curious

Ultimate Garifuna Cultural Immersion

The Ultimate Garifuna Cultural Immersion sends you right into the heart of Garifuna culture. You’ll get an opportunity to experience Garifuna music as has been practiced in Belize since they arrived from St. Vincent. After an introduction, you’ll be led through a tutorial of the primero and segunda drums, leaving the rhythms of the Garifuna embedded in your palms to take home. No souvenir beats that.

For the Acro and Nyctophiliacs

Black Hole Drop Tour

With the Black Hole Drop Tour, you are putting your fate into one of the planet’s voids. Taking place at Actun Loch Tunich, ‘the Mother of All Caves,’ the tour involves a gentle hike up the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Once at the drop site, you’ll be tethered by your guide and repel down. As you descend into the blackness beneath you, you’ll experience an incredible rush of sensations while your mind makes sense of what you’re perceiving. Once through the rainforest canopy and in the cavern, you’ll be treated to a picnic lunch before climbing back out.
A tour for those ready for great highs and lows, this will be one you won’t forget.

For Those That Can Never Get Enough Waterfalls

Some tours will take you to one waterfall, maybe two if you’re lucky. This one allows you to experience the joy of 7 waterfalls within the Caves Branch area. Over half a day, you’ll hike through the jungle and a cave then scramble up the waterfalls to a series of refreshing pools. Catch your breath while enjoying a candlelit meal then start the return home via either a plunge into the waterfalls below or belaying to the ground. This is the ultimate photo opp that’ll give you the chance to capture images unavailable anywhere else in Belize.

For Those That Prefer Kayaks to Rivertubes

Cave Kayaking Adventure at Five Blues National Park

Venture through a three-cave system on this kayaking tour that’ll put you up close to a range of geological formations and lush jungle scenes. With a mild current, the tour provides you an opportunity to slowly take in the sights as you press on through the caves. You’ll get a great workout along with an unmatched lesson in Belize’s cave ecosystems all in one go.

While these are only our top twelve tours, we’ve got plenty to do from horseback riding to Maya cooking classes. The adventures never cease. Start choosing your tours for your next trip here.

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Dinner

Appetizer

BBQ Pig Tail
US 11 | BZ 22

Smoked salt-cured pork tails, brushed with house barbecue sauce and served with a warm,
hand-made flour tortilla and pickled habanero-onion sauce.

Country Barn Mozzarella Sticks
US 13 | BZ 26

Seasoned, breadcrumb-encrusted mozzarella cheese sticks, deep fried to a crispy
golden finish, served with jalapeño tartar and a
sweet/spicy tomato habanero sauce.

Entree

Herb Tomato Pasta
US 18 | BZ 36

Al dente linguine pasta tossed in a slow-roasted tomato sauce with fresh herbs,
tossed in fresh Country Barn ricotta cheese.

Pollo Asado
US 18 | BZ 36

Tangy herbed chicken cuts grilled to perfection and topped with fresh Mennonite
cheese, served with a warm flour tortilla, re-fried beans, guacamole, and house
pico de gallo.

Oregano Pork Ribs
US 20 | BZ 40

Tender, slow-smoked pork ribs simmered in an all spice-oregano barbecue sauce.

Cocoa-Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank
US 27 | BZ 54

Locally raised lamb shank, slow braised in a rich, fresh ground cacao and red wine
broth, served with a side of warm, home-made bread.

Creole Oxtail Stew
US 27 | BZ 54

Free range oxtail cuts slow-cooked in a rich Creole tomato sauce with farm
vegetables, served with coconut cilantro rice.

Latin American Carne Asada
US 31 | BZ 62

Local beef tenderloin, pan-seared in garlic butter, brushed with home-made
chimichurri cause and served with sides of the evening.

Citrus-Achiote Chop
US 21 | BZ 42

Seared 1″ butcher cut rib chop served with smashed potatoes, grilled zucchini
and slathered with our signature citrus-achiote gravy.

Camarones en Crema de Coco
US 24 | BZ 48

Fresh farm shrimp simmered in hand-pressed coconut milk with organic, reigonal
vegetables, herbs and habanero peppers, served with a side of coconut rice and creole
bread rolls.

Soups

Farmer's Bean Soup
US 10 | BZ 20

Slow-cooked red kidney beans, crowned with crispy chicharrones and pico de gallo,
accompanied by crispy seasoned corn tortilla chips.

Chicken Escabeche
US 13 | BZ 26

Organic chicken cuts, pan fried and simmered in Tia Blanca’s sun-dried oregano, jalapeño, lime,
onion broth, served with warm hand-made corn tortillas.

Salads

Citrus & Arugula Salad
US 13 | BZ 26

Dehydrated orange segments, with fresh arugula, farm vegetables, and sliced
hard-boiled eggs, served with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or our
Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette.

Peanut & Ricotta Salad
US 15 | BZ 30

Toasted local peanuts and crumbled ricotta cheese on baby spinach, purple
onions and, tomatoes, served with your choice of our honey balsamic dressing or
our Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette.

Vegan

Grilled Cauliflower & Chickpea Puree
US 13 | BZ 26

Fresh organic cauliflower drizzled in pressed coconut oil, grilled and served over roasted cherry tomatoes and a cumin chickpea puree.

Ginger Teriyaki Glazed Tofu Steak
US 14 | BZ 28

Grilled bean curd glazed with fresh ginger and soy sauce, accompanied by spinach and cumin chickpea puree.

Sweet Potato & Crostini Soup
US 11 | BZ 22

Slow roasted potatoes in coconut milk and spices, served with freshly toasted crostini.

Sweet Potato & Coconut Creamy Pasta
US 13 | BZ 26

Locally harvested sweet potato served in coconut milk and assorted spices, tossed with al dente linguine pasta and basil leaf.

Farmers Vegetable Lasagna
US 14 | BZ 28

Hand selected farm vegetables over our classic tomato sauce, topped with Mennonite cheese, before being baked to perfection. Served with a bowl of coconut white rice.

Desserts

Coconut Caramel Flan
US 7 | BZ 14
Mayan Chocolate Cake
US 9 | BZ 18
Soursop Cheesecake
US 9 | BZ 18

All prices are inclusive of 12.5% GST and subject to 10% Resort Fee.

Lunch

Appetizer

Country Barn Mozzarella Sticks
US 13 | BZ 26

Seasoned, breadcrumb-encrusted mozzarella cheese sticks, deep fried to a crispy
golden finish, served with jalapeño tartar and a
sweet/spicy tomato habanero sauce.

Shrimp Habanero Fritters
US 14 | BZ 28

Farm-raised shrimp tossed in Belikin beer batter with farm vegetables, habanero
peppers, golden friend and served with roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce.

Entree

Grove House Smoked Brisket Skillet Nachos
US 13 | BZ 26

Shredded slow-smoked local brisket over crisp corn tortilla shells, topped with
re-fried beans, 2 cheeses, and fresh lime cured salsa.

Pollo asado
US 16 | BZ 32

Tangy herbed chicken cuts grilled to perfection and topped with fresh Mennonite
cheese, served with a warm flour tortilla, re-fried beans, guacamole, and house
pico de gallo.

The Giant Burger
US 18 | BZ 36

Toasted home-made burger bun with grilled ground stead patty, topped with melted
cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and a honey plantain mustard cabbage slaw,
served with potato fries.

Sandwich de Cochinita Pibil
US 14 | BZ 28

Slow-smoked pork leg, shredded and served on a freshly made bun, topped with Belizean
style coleslaw and served with potato fries.

Lamb Salbutes
US 15 | BZ 30

Locally butchered free-range lamb grilled to perfection on a golden fried yellow
corn tortilla, topped with marinated cabbage and tomatoes then
drizzled with mint pesto.

Soup

Farmer's Bean Soup
US 10 | BZ 20

Slow-cooked red kidney beans, crowned with crispy chicharrones and pico de gallo,
accompanied by crispy seasoned corn tortilla chips.

Creole Oxtail Stew
US 13 | BZ 26

Free range oxtail cuts slow-cooked in a rich Creole tomato sauce with farm
vegetables, served with coconut cilantro rice.

Salads

Herb & Watermelon Salad
US 12 | BZ 24

Mennonite harvested watermelons, diced and tossed with organic greens, fresh
mint, basil and ricotta cheese with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or oue
Grove House Signature citrust vinaigrette.

Citrus & Arugula Salad
US 12 | BZ 24

Dehydrated orange segments, with fresh arugula, farm vegetables, and sliced
hard-boiled eggs, served with your choice of honey balsamic dressing or our
Grove House signature citrus vinaigrette.

Vegan

Chickpea Curry & Peanut Pasta
US 10 | BZ 20

Al dente linguine pasta tossed in chickpeas and peanut sauce, served alongside a warm, toasted baguette.

Coconut & Ginger Tofu Stew
US 12 | BZ 24

Ginger shredded fresh over coconut milk, herbs and bean curd, served with white rice and fried plantains.

Sundried Tomato & Bean Soup
US 9 | BZ 18

Stewed red kidney beans and crushed sundried tomatoes, spiced to perfection and topped with garlic croutons.

Teriyaki Vegetable Rice Bowl
US 11 | BZ 22

Hand selected market vegetables stir-fried in soy sauce, served with our coconut cilantro white rice and freshly grated ginger and spices.

Black Beans Empanadas
US 8 | BZ 16

Hand pressed yellow corn tortilla stuffed with refried black beans, fried golden brown and served with pickled purple cabbage.

Desserts

Traditional Vanilla Icre Cream
US 5 | BZ 10
Nance-infused Caramel Flan
US 9 | BZ 18
Ayote en Miel with Vanilla Ice Cream
US 9 | BZ 18

All prices are inclusive of 12.5% GST and subject to 10% Resort Fee.

Breakfast

The Little Donkey
US 9 | BZ 18

Breakfast burrito of warm handmade flour tortilla stuffed with re-fried beans, scrambled eggs, crispy
pork bacon, farm vegetables and fresh Mennonite cheese.

Belizean Stuffed Jack
US 10 | BZ 20

Golden fried flour tortilla, stuffed with re-fried beans, sauteed vegetables,
habanero flavored sausage, scrambled eggs, and Mennonite cheese, served with pickled habanero curtido.

The Giant Pancakes
US 10 | BZ 20

2 giant pancakes dusted with cinnamon sugar, topped with tropical fruit chutney, served with a side of grilled habanero flavored sausage.

The Village Breakfast
US 11 | BZ 22

Farm fresh eggs scrambled with onions and tomatoes, accompanied by
coconut refried beans, crispy bacon and Belizean fried jacks.

Chef's Farm Omelette
US 10 | BZ 20

2-egg omelette filled with sauteed organic vegetables, served with toasted
baguettes and fresh Mennonite ricotta cheese

Continental
US 12 | BZ 24

In-house baked goods, locally grown fruit, Mennonite yogurt and coffee.

Vegan

Tofu & Guacamole Journey Cakes
US 8 | BZ 16

Pan-fried bean curd and guacamole served on a journey cake, arugula balsamic salad serviced with seasonal fruit wedges.

Irish Potatoes & Chickpeas Hash
US 7 | BZ 14

Potato cubes, chickpeas, and other farm-fresh vegetables pan-seared in coconut oil, spiced with toasted cumin and served with handmade corn tortillas.

Coconut & Vanilla Cinnamon Toast
US 7 | BZ 14

Freshly-baked slices of toast dipped in vanilla cinnamon coconut milk, charred to perfection on a griddle, and topped with honey-glazed tropical fruit salsa.

Vegan Breakfast
US 9 | BZ 18

Coconut flavored refried beans, fried plantain, sautéed okra and tomatoes served with golden brown fried jacks.

Sweet Potato & Red Bean Burrito
US 8 | BZ 16

Organic roasted sweet potato cubes sauteed with hand selected farm fresh vegetables, red kidney beans, crispy romaine lettuce and guacamole, wrapped up in handmade flour torilla.

All prices are inclusive of 12.5% GST and subject to 10% Resort Fee.