Belize | Love Thy Nature Journeys

Belize | Love Thy Nature Journeys

About this trip

Join Love Thy Nature Journeys on this sensorial exploration of Belize above and below the surface on this 7-day adventure. The eco-paradise of Belize offers something to arouse the imagination of every curious traveler: incredible biodiversity, lush rainforests, Mayan archaeological sites, and the world’s second largest Barrier Reef, home to over 350 species of mollusk, 500 types of fish, and scores of corals, sponges, crustaceans, and more.

Highlights

  • Swim and snorkel to discover colorful sea life in the marine environments of South Water Caye Marine Reserve on Belize’s Barrier Reef.
  • Awaken your senses in Belizean wilderness with immersive walks designed to deepen connection with nature, fellow participants, and yourself.
  • Discover the country’s pre-Columbian stories at the Xunantunich archaeological site and during a visit to Actun Tunichil Muknal cave.
  • Go kayaking on the Sittee River, where you may spot toucans, monkeys, kinkajous, and other wildlife.
  • Experience forest bathing, the Japanese practice of mindfully communing with the forest through your senses – which promotes healing, kindles insights and awakens a sense of awe and wonder.

Meet your leaders

Sylvie Rokab, M.A.

Born in Rio and raised by French and Italian parents, Sylvie is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, workshop leader, and nature therapy guide whose mission is to inspire a deeper connection with nature.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, her film Love Thy Nature earned 27 film awards, launched over 300 screenings, and formed partnerships with hundreds of organizations—helping to blossom the nature-connection and nature-as-medicine movements.

Fluent in four languages, Sylvie is a warm and engaging guide who is passionate about leading others in wilderness experiences—and deepening their relationship with themselves, others, and our spellbinding natural world.

Manuela Siegfried

Manuela was born and raised in Costa Rica and has worked as a naturalist guide all around the country. She has always been passionate about nature. She grew up surrounded by it and found peace and comfort every time she needed it.

In forest therapy, she found a very profound and easy way to deepen her nature connection. As a guide, she helps others connect or reconnect to all beings on this planet in a very intimate way.

Belize City

Oct 30, 2022

Upon arrival at the airport in Belize City, you will be met and transferred to the oceanfront Radisson Fort George Hotel. Please note check-in time is 3 pm. Early evening program orientation with your Belizean group leader followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. After dinner, you are invited to a screening of the "Love thy Nature" film - narrated by Liam Neeson - followed by Q&A with director Sylvie Rokab.

Dinner included
Overnight at Radisson Fort George Hotel

Belmopan

Oct 31, 2022

Early breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Transfer to Guanacaste National Park for hiking in the rainforest then continue to San Ignacio for lunch. After lunch, cross the Mopan River via a hand winched ferry at the Maya village of San Jose Succotz for a visit to Xunantunich, Belize's most accessible Maya site of significance. The site's dominant structure, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the jungle floor, offering superb views of western Belize with forest stretching out all around and the rest of the ancient city mapped out beneath you. Continue to the lodge, check in and then there will be a late afternoon sense awakening practice, sunset meditation and group circle (deep sharing/deep listening) facilitated by leader(s), followed by dinner.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Belmopan

Nov 1, 2022

After breakfast, take a forest bathing (aka nature therapy) walk with leaders and then explore the Maya underworld during a visit to Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. This excursion combines land and river hiking and caving, beginning with a 45 minute hike up the Roaring River Valley and through the rainforest of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve to the entrance of the cave. Explore this geologically fascinating cave and also the main attraction, the "Cathedral" chamber, which was a Maya ceremonial and burial ground. Later this afternoon, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Hopkins

Nov 2, 2022

Following breakfast, visit the very popular St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park which is within the Sibun Water Shed. Explore its forests and unique geological features and then also visit a sunken underground cave that is approximately 300 feet wide and 100 feet deep by tube. There is an onsite changing room so bring your swimsuit! Have lunch at local restaurant then later this afternoon check in at the beachfront Jaguar Reef Lodge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach. Evening sunset viewing and meditation before dinner.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Reef Lodge

Hopkins

Nov 3, 2022

Enjoy breakfast, then board our boat for a 30-minute ride to the South Water Caye Marine Reserve for snorkeling on the pristine coral reef. Discover the mangroves both above and below the surface. Also cruise along Man O' War Caye reserve to see nesting frigatebirds and the brown booby. Enjoy a picnic on one of the remote islands, then return in time for optional activities at our beach resort or walk into Hopkins. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Reef Lodge

Hopkins

Nov 4, 2022

After breakfast, gather for our excursion to the Sittee River for relaxed kayaking and nature viewing. We hope to see colorful birds, iguana, turtles, and an occasional crocodile. Have lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner/closing ceremony.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Reef Lodge

Depart

Nov 5, 2022

This morning transfer to the airstrip in Dangriga for the domestic flight to Belize International Airport and then international flights back to the U.S. Please book flights back to US after 2:00 pm.

Breakfast- included