Overnight Canoeing

HunChiikTour-Overnight-CanoeingPaddle down a river which at one point in time the ancient Mayas did for trading.  And then by the early settles as a highway, presently for La Ruta Maya canoe race every march from the west of Belize to the coast. Belize River once used as a major trade, shuttling goods between the Mayan ancient cites. The British logger transported the mahogany trunks to the Caribbean Sea.  The old Belize River has accommodated to a multitude of travelers and boat throughout past history.  Belize River is a 180-mile (290km) the longest river in Belize that drains more than a one-quarter of the country.  Also known as the Old River, the river is navigable up to the Guatemalan border and served as the main route of commerce and communication between the interior and the coast until the twentieth century.  Canoe down the Belize River and experience something that only traveler and traders did in the past, indentifying exotic birds and wildlife. At the end of each paddling day enjoy sun set from our camp site while our cook prepares you a local meal and the guide prepare campfire.  If you are adventurous get read because our guides take you on a night expedition to sight crocodile while paddling your canoe on the river.

The canoeing on the Belize Old River begins with a 35 minutes drive from San Ignacio Town to the village of Ontario. The departing time will be discuss at the night when the guide goes and do the briefing about the canoeing. Most of the time the groups decide to depart at around 10:00AM. We will be doing a stop at a super market for the guest to buy their stuff which they are going to take for the trip (Rum, snacks and etc).  Once we arrive at the village we will be diverting towards the Belize river. Depending on the road condition we can reach near the river bank if not then we would have to do a 10 minutes hike. We are going to have Lunch at the river bank while the guide and his assistance prepare the canoes and the equipments for the trip.  We will be paddling for a 2 ½ to 3 hours to reach at our campsite. The camp site is located on a high river bank overlooking the Belize River.  We would set up our tents and relax the rest of the day or have refreshing swim in the Belize Old River.  For dinner the cook is going to prepare chicken Bar B Q. After our delicious dinner you can decide if you want to sit around camp fire, tell stories, sing, drink local rum, or go for a canoe ride to spot crocodile or other nocturnal animals.

On the second Day we could do a morning hour and a half jungle hike through the forest with a knowledgeable guide interpreting the usage of the plants and pointing out the wildlife within the area. After the hike you enjoy your traditional lunch on the banks of the Belize River and swim in the refreshing waters. The canoeing adventures continue down stream for another 3 to 3 ½ hour as the river whines through farm land areas and riverine forest to Banana bank campsite.  For the night activity you can do a  Night canoeing to spot crocodiles depending on the water level or just relax at the campsite and enjoy the stars by telling stories sitting around the camp fire. On this canoeing guests can encounter many species of birds and wildlife that inhabit this area. There are many species of water birds like King fishers, Night Heron, Boat billed Heron, Bare Throated Tiger Herons, Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, American Coot and many species of Raptors just to mention a few. Wildlife like the Black Howler Monkeys can be spotted on the branches of the Ficus trees over hanging the water and on the banks Coati Mundi foraged for food, while Green Iguanas and Morlet Crocodiles bask under the bright sun light. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions guest are sometime lucky enough to have sighting of tapirs crossing the river or even get to see a pack of Peccary rush on down for a drink of water. After the canoeing guests get change into their dry cloths and enjoy some fresh fruits, chips and salsa before an hour drive back to San Ignacio.

  • Hiking shoes
  • Change of clothes for hike
  • Clothes for night
  • Personal utility
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sun screen
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Optional
    • Bird book
    • Sleeping matt
    • Personal utensils
  • Sleeping bags


  • Canoes
  • Guide
  •  2 dinner
  • 2 break fast
  • Snacks
  • Fresh fruits
  • Transportation
  •  water
  •      Equipments
    • life jacket
    • paddles
    •  tents
    • sleeping mats
    • cups
    • plates

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