Need help planning my trip to Belize and Costa Rica

Old Aug 12th, 2011, 12:34 PM
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You guys are all awesome! I have so many ideas now, I'm not sure if two weeks is enough time! Thank you all
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 12:43 PM
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Hi Deb,

Yes, Many of the activities on site are either included, or very inexpensive,(the bird watching, canoe trips, hiking the trails were you can see interesting sites, biking, the night tour, rain forest trail, etc) and the amazing part is that you are in the middle of the most pristine jungle.
Honestly, my friend and I had so many plans to go on tours, and once there we didn't want to leave!
The tour price is also divided by the number of people taking the tours which reduces the price. Breakfast is included (and substantial), lunch prices are good, and a la carte prices for the quality & presentation are perfectly reasonable.
Honestly, I have learned from many of my traveling experiences how important it is to be staying at an inspiring, &
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 01:21 PM
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unique surroundings.
And, once again, the Naturalist guides are so passionate, knowledgeable & proud of their country. They tell you about the folklore, and stories from their families and their personal experiences that are so rich, intriguing and often funny! Not to mention, that you have a nice comfortable air conditioned ride, and a personable experience!

No the guide wasn't with you on my trip down the river, the paddling is all downstream, quite easy and beautiful (but you can hire a guide if you wanted too...)A Chaa Creek driver will pick you up at a nice cafe (the pizza there is really good too!)They give you a map as to where the cafe is, the town has many quality shops, and cafe's, and feels safe.
Yes I did go with the meal plan, which was wonderful, but not necessary, although i did speak with other guests who said that they wish that they had...
We did not rent a car, everything we wanted to do was in close proximity, and they can arrange for a driver to take you places.
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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Thanks tango,
I just wasn't sure about the canoe ride since you talk about getting a ride back. What did you do with the canoe?

I'm still in planning stages and not sure of our destination. If Belize is the choice, I'm torn between Chaa Creek and Chan Chich. They both sound great...I do want to see as much wildlife as possible which I hear is more plentiful at Chan Chick, but I would also like to go to Tikal.
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 02:23 PM
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Deb, here's a list of the tour prices if you're interested.

http://www.chaacreek.com/rates/thespa-copy-copy-copy/

Canoe rental is $25 per person plus tax.
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 03:36 PM
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With two weeks I would pick Costa Rica OR Belize, not both.
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 04:43 PM
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vg,
What does this mean?
Note: Lunches & tour fees are not included in the price of the tours.
Are they referring to the extra chargess for entrance fees or something else additional?
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Old Aug 12th, 2011, 07:27 PM
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Deb, I thought their pricing was kind of confusing, but I think it means that there's a fee for the tour, and then may be additional things on top of that like for Tikal you pay $310 and then on top of that you pay an additional $71.25 per person for visa, entry fee, etc. Or if you go to other ruins you may have to pay an entrance fee that isn't included in the tour cost. The first rate is divisible by however many people go and then the flat additional fee is charged per person on top of that. That's why it helps to have another couple go along with you. If you wanted to get lunch somewhere that would not be included in the fee; you would have to pay that on your own. Things in Belize seemed pricier than CR to me.
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I meant to add that we purchased our Chaa Creek package on Luxury Link and got a really good deal. That helped us be able to pay for tours because we saved $ on booking the hotel.
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thx vg,
That is what I thought it meant. I remember reading that someone got a package on Luxury Link. It makes me a little nervous, but I've been checking their offers. Either Chan Chich or Chaa Creek, can't remember which one, only had deals through 2011 and we're looking at next May. I'll keep looking.

Eventually I'll post my want list and see if I can get some help with the logistics. I'm not sure how many nights we'll have this time. Gotta talk hubby into more than 6!!!

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Hi Deb,
In reference to the canoeing to San Ignasio: You just dock the canoes when you get to town. Then you bring the paddles to a cafe in town which is where the driver meets you in the afternoon.
Small town with some great shops,there is a place in town where a family of stone carvers, sells their ware's, beautiful work, I will try to remember the name!!
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I have decided to travel to just Belize rather than Costa Rica as I discussed earlier. I figured this way I wont be rushed and I can spend more time in each destination, I was thinking I will leave around May 20th, of 2012 and stay there for 12-14 days. I have done a bit of research and believe that I will probably travel to three different parts of Belize. I was thinking 3-4 days in Cayo somewhere, 3-4 days on Caye Caulker and 3-4 days in Placencia. I like to dive, hike, fish and relax. I'm open for any suggestions. Should I get a car? Public transport? Do those three locations look good? What about things to do? Places to stay? I know it's getting close to the rainy season around that time so I'll have to factor that in. Any info helps. Thanks
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