Belize followed Costa Rica in following the path of sustainable development.
Having the second longest barrier reef in the world small hotels were started in the out islands called Cayes. Ambergris Caye is now heavily developed and is not our first choice for a destination.
We particularly like a small town called Hopkins on the mainland which offers great a great beach, some fabulous estuary/mangrove trips and small deserted reef islands where rare boobie birds nest. Hopkins is also a great way to see great jungle sites like the nearby Jaguar Preserve, underground river tubing and nearby Mayan ruins. Hopkins is a cute town and made up of the Garufina people, descendants of runaway slaves and the indigenous people.
Some really great eco friendly lodges here are Hamanasi and Almond Beach/Jaguar Reef.
Caves Branch Adventure Lodge ( pictured) is a great place also for eco friendly trips
Placencia is a eco friendly town too with some cool lodges
In the interior near San Ignacio town are a number of great eco lodges. A few we suggest are Cahal Pech, Chaa Creek, DuPlooy's . From here you can take a overnight trip to visit the fabulous ruins in Tikal, Guatemala. If you choose, the Jungle Lodge at the entrance to Tikal is a great eco lodge to spend the night. Expect the howler monkeys to wake you at 4 am
All the lodges mentioned are gay friendly too
We would be happy to help you prepare a great itinerary based in your budget.
2012 Maya Prophesy Tour on a budget 8 day tour from $995 per person based on double occupancy
Day 1: Airport transfer to the unique old Spanish capital of Antigua Hotel La Merced.
Day 2: walking tour of this quint city in the morning , afternoon hike to Pacaya Volcano La Merced
Day 3: day trip to the Pacific coast and town of Monterico Hotel La Merced
Day 4: Transfer to Panajachel with stop to see pagan diety Moximon Posada de Volcano
Day 5: Day trip across Lake Atitlan to the Indigenous town of Santiago,transfer to Chichi, Hotel Chalet with morning tour of largest indigenous market in Central America, transfer to Antigua.
Day 6: early flight to Tikal. full day tour of this magnificent Mayan ruin, transfers entrance fee, lunch guide, return to town of Flores for the evening Hotel Villa Lago fee evening on shores of Lake Peten
Day 7: Ixpanapal Park or zip line tour, afternoon flight back to Guatemala City hotel for the evening
Day 8: am airport transfer
Price icludes: All transfers, hotels, flights, guides and daily breakfast included All hotels are 4 star upgrades available.