Arrive in Cancun where you will be met by your yacht captain and Pelorus guide. While your captain transfers your luggage to your waiting yacht, head in land to explore. Embark on a private visit to Chichen Itza and admire the extraordinary architecture of this ancient Maya city with an expert guide. Learn all about the ancient civilisation and the fascinating history of this 1,500-year-old site, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Cool off with a dip in a nearby hidden cenote before heading back to your vessel which will be waiting for you in the stunning, turquoise waters of Boca Paila.
After breakfast on board, helicopter inland for an experience perfect for any nature lover. Explore in-depth, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Maya Cenotes. Derived from a Maya word, Cenote refers to any subterranean chamber that contains permanent water. These sacred spots were once a main source of fresh water and were believed to have had healing properties, even considered to be portals to the underworld.
Today, cenotes are a vital element in Yucatan’s ecosystems and culture. Spend your day discovering these stunning subterranean pools, diving through the crystal-clear waters, and unveiling secrets that lie beneath the earth’s surface. Enjoy a wild picnic lunch among the rugged cenotes and spend the afternoon learning about the unique ecosystems and the animals that they house. Return to your vessel for dinner on board, as you begin your overnight cruise towards Belize.
Cruise overnight towards Ambergris Caye in Belize. First inhabited by the Maya as early as 200 BC, it was the Maya who dug the canal on the north side of the Mexican peninsula creating the island of Amergris Caye. The caye is 25 miles long, making it the largest island lying off the coast of Belize. Finish your cruise over breakfast, anchoring to head inland to explore Bacalar Chico Marine National Park and Reserve. Here, on 11 miles of trails, you may encounter whitetail deer, ocelots, saltwater crocodiles, and maybe even pumas and jaguar. Discover at least nine ancient Maya sites located in this area, watching where you step as both loggerhead and green sea turtles nest here. Take to the water and dive or snorkel off Rocky Point, a stunning underwater site.
After a restorative lunch on board, tender out to the Hoi Chan Reserve to dive, snorkel and swim with the nurse sharks and stingrays that are plentiful in this area. This reserve is home to more than 160 species of fish as well as 40 species of coral and five kinds of sponges, not to mention the turtle species that have been found here. You may even encounter a gentle manatee or dolphin as you explore this abundant marine reserve. Head out with a local guide to the only classic tarpon flats outside of south Florida. Here, take the chance to fly fish for bonefish, returning to the yacht with your catch for your world-class chef to prepare it. Enjoy your freshly-caught dinner on deck as the sun sets over the glistening water.
Whilst your yacht cruises towards Blue Hole, helicopter inland and spend the morning in the Crooked Tree Reserve, a sprawling mass of waterways, lagoons, gallery forest, and savannah lands home to over 300 species of bird. As you ride, tender or hike through the expanse of the park, spot one of the world’s largest flying birds, the Jabiru. The sanctuary is also home to howler monkeys, crocodiles, and freshwater turtles. Spend time learning about medicinal plants with a local chef and herbalist as you join them in their village. Enjoy lunch in the village with local people as you learn about their deep knowledge and unique perspective of the native flora and fauna.
Helicopter on to Lamanai, one of the biggest and best excavated Maya sites in northern Belize. These ruins have a particular characteristic that is different from most other Maya ruins, it is close to a body of water. Thanks to this, Lamanai had one of the longest occupation spans of any Maya site, spanning from the 16th century BC until the 17th century AD.
Investigate the iconic Jaguar Mask and High Temples with your guide, including one of the famous Maya calendars that predicted the end of the world in 2012. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles that lurk on the banks of the nearby waters. Trek through the surrounding jungles, comprised of giant Guancaste and breadnut trees, allspice, and strangler fig as you hunt for the elusive and beautiful national flower of Belize – the Black Orchid. Helicopter back to your waiting yacht and enjoy sundowners and dinner on board.