BELIZE: WILD LIFE ADVENTURE
BELIZE: WILD LIFE ADVENTURE

Have questions about the nitty-gritty for this trip? Look no further—here's everything you need to know.


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Physical rating

Active: 3 (out of 3)

Moderate walking and may include high-altitude hiking, swimming, rafting or more strenuous activities in high heat and humidity.

Tour pace

You will walk for at least 2 hours daily over moderately uneven terrain including paved roads, grass, and sand with some hills and stairs.

Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage.

EF Tours for Girl Scouts and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. 

If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Traveler Support Team.

Passport & visa

In order to enter Belize, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.

There is no visa required for U.S. citizens.

If you are not a U.S.  citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

We highly recommend that travelers do not check a bag due to storage limitations, airline fees and lost luggage. We suggest one carry-on suitcase and one personal item.

Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. 

Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for daily activities.

A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the countries on this tour.

At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov.

Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in this region.

Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.

Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless washed in clean water and peeled.

Travelers prone to seasickness should note that this tour includes a boat transfer.

If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 70 days prior to departure by calling our Traveler Support Team.

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinners are included on tour and are pre-set with some local traditional food - don't worry picky eaters, there will be some familar options too. 

If you want to be adventurous for lunch try some authentic staples.

Belize’s culinary influences derive from Spanish, Mexican, African, Caribbean, and Mayan cultures. While staples such as rice, beans, corn, and fruit are involved in nearly every meal, seafood is the shining star. Lobster, shrimp, and fish can be found on most menus. Local fruits like pineapples, mangos, and melons are abundant and fresh. For dessert, you’re likely to find favorites like bread pudding and flan.

Electricity & air conditioning

Belize operates on 110-120 volts and uses Types A, B, or G plugs with two flat pins, two flat pins and one round pin or three flat pins, respectively.

We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

The strength of the air conditioning in Central American hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S.  When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

Belize is six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and one hour behind Eastern Time (ET). These countries do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 11am on tour from November through March and 10am from April through October.

Currency

You will use the Belize dollar in Belize.

Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.

You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

It's customary to offer your drivers and your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3 USD per person per day for your drivers.

If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2 USD per local guide. 
Tips can only be paid in cash.

Girl-led opportunities

There are plenty of ways that girls can take the lead throughout their experience before, during, and after their tour. Here are a few examples below, many of which could help them earn a badge as well:

Before tour:

  • Lead pre-departure meetings
  • Organize activities to earn money
  • Do destination research
  • Learn the local language
  • Cook local cuisine

During tour:

  • Navigate public transportation
  • Speak the local language
  • Lead others during free time
  • Initiate friendships with the other girls on tour who they don't know
  • Get to know a local

After tour:

  • Take action in the community in regards to something learned on the tour
  • Continue to study something learned on the tour
  • Present experiences from tour to others
  • Research or apply for volunteer opportunities abroad