MCLUS Belize Trip 2011 - Ruins, Reef and Rainforest

Please Join Us for an Extraordinary Adventure in Belize!
March 18-27 2011
This trip combines the very best of Belize – Ruins, Reef, and Rainforest

Our Belize adventure is a celebratory trip for women travelers.   We’re celebrating the strength found in both old and new friendships, the joy of “sisterhood” and the fun that comes from sharing extraordinary experiences. This trip is open to all women, including those who want to bring a daughter, niece or younger friend.  If you have someone who you think would be interested, feel free to share this email with them.

Blue Tangs / Belize Coral ReefWe are thrilled to be going and hope that you will come with us!

Belize and the Mayan culture were greatly loved by the late Rachel Crandell.   She wanted to share the natural wonders of Belize and the present day Mayan way of life. This rich itinerary was created last year by Rachel, with Kim Powell, her trusted friend and owner of Blue Water Ventures. It celebrates Rachel’s appreciation for international friendships, indigenous people and ecological resources.


Kim Powell and Nikki Doyle will be our guides on this adventure! Check out our website at to see more information. We are taking a 10 day trip from March 18-27, 2011 at a cost of $2,449 (not including airfare) with a full group of 15-18 people. A $200 donation to MCLUS to support the rainforest is included in the price.

Ricardo's Beach Huts - Belize
Ricardo's Beach Huts in Belize


Morpho ButterflyThis adventure is richly layered with fascinating nature and cultural explorations. You will discover Belize’s Mayan culture, both ancient and contemporary, while learning more about Belize’s unique rainforest and reef eco-systems.

It begins when you travel “up river” and explore the ancient site of Lamanai-Mayan Ruins which have a rich history beginning in 1500 B.C.

Hike through the thick tropical foliage that surrounds Blue Hole National Park to St. Herman’s Cave. Explore this magnificent cave once used by ancient Mayans. Then tube through the cave’s stalactite filled chambers.

Travel to Hopkins which is the home to an ethnic group in Belize known as the Garifuna. Learn about the fascinating blend of West African and Carib Indians traditions. Enjoy delicious traditional Garifuna meals.

Hike into the heart of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a primary habitat for the endangered jaquar. In addition to jaguars, this sanctuary is also home to tapirs, kinkajous, leaf-cutter ants and hundreds of species of tropical birds such as toucans, motmots and curassows.

Belize dancingVisit the Maya Center and the wonderful families that welcomed Rachel Crandell into their lives while she lived in the village. You’ll have the option to overnight with families in the village.

Travel to the Bluefield Range Islands. Examine the shallow turtle grass flats and intricate system of mangrove roots where an array of species find refuge. Venture out to Rendezvous Caye, an island jewel located on the majestic barrier reef of Belize. Travel to English Caye, a nearby lighthouse surrounded by reefs. The last night in the Caribbean there will be an opportunity for a night snorkel to observe the nocturnal inhabitants of a coral reef and enjoy a campfire on Rendezvous Caye.

Click here for full trip itinerary and to request an application.

Ricardo's Beach Huts in Belize - Sunset

All photos courtesy of Blue Water Ventures. Questions regarding the itinerary can be made directly to Kim at or call 831-459-8548.

Interested in joining us on this trip?
Contact for more information and a registration form!

Can’t make the trip but would like to make a donation to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest? Click here to donate now!