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Program #20813RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Jane Kovel Jan 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM

I'm going to Belize on the Feb 3 trip. Is anyone else traveling from CT to JFK airport?

Gerald Pagac Dec 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Hi to anyone attending the Feb 3 2015 trip. Hope to find out who is going!

Gerald Pagac Nov 24, 2014 at 12:13 AM

This will be my first RS trip. I'm really looking forward to it. Any advice from previous participants? I'd also love to know who my fellow travelers are...Feb 3rd trip.
Sari Oxman Nov 24, 2014 at 08:25 AM

This was my first trip also and it was amazing. I recommend a pair of hiking shoes/boots - trails were very wet and slippery when we were there. Also take a pair of heavy socks for when you have to take your water shoes off at ATM. Enjoy!

Ruth Stewart Oct 30, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Hi, I'm looking for a roommate on this trip leaving Dec. 2nd- I got the last slot on the trip. I'm a semi-retired librarian from Long Beach California, and prefer a non-smoker and non-snorer. Anyone game? Email me at

Ruth Brock Oct 10, 2014 at 06:07 PM

Sharon, I chose to take the medication for malaria prevention as mosquitoes love me. The day at the zoo and the day in the jungle, I was bitten several times even with the use of bug spray. I suggest you discuss it with your physician or the travel clinic.
Sharon H Oct 10, 2014 at 06:26 PM

Thank you! We see our travel Dr. on Wed., and will ask him as well. It's nice to hear from experienced travelers as wel,though.

Sharon H Oct 09, 2014 at 09:10 PM

Are malaria pills needed for this trip? The preliminary booklet doesn't say so, but the CDC travel site says that it might be a good idea if you plan to spend much time outdoors.
Mike Worley Oct 10, 2014 at 02:20 PM

I'd recommend calling Road Scolar directly. They work with people who live in the area year-round.

Audrey Smolin Aug 25, 2014 at 08:10 PM

My husband and I are also signed up for the December 2014 trip. Any thoughts about the difficulty/scariness of the rappelling?
Sari Oxman Aug 25, 2014 at 08:28 PM

Loved the rappelling, not difficult or scary. Everyone in our group loved it. Guides were very thorough going over rappelling and they were in complete control. The difficult part I found was the hike up to the spot. There had been a lot of rain and the rocks and ground were quite slippery. I recommend either hiking boots/shoes or running shoes used for trail running that have good tread. Enjoy
Sharon H Aug 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hi,Audrey! Dave and I look forward to meeting you both. As of now, we are planning this: Dave wants to try the rappelling, but I really don't like heights. The cave float sounds interesting to me, and unless I'm convinced otherwise, we'll go separate ways that day.
Audrey Smolin Aug 25, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Somewhat intimidated by a 300 foot rappel but would like to try. We'll see. Both options sound interesting and challenging. Will look forward to sharing our adventures with you.
Frank Ernst Aug 26, 2014 at 03:18 PM

The rapelling was a real hoot. I used my Go Pro camera to make a video which I enjoy watching. The guides are in complete control of your decent.

Sharon H Jul 12, 2014 at 01:22 PM

My husband and I are signed up for the Dec, 2014 trip. Anyone else? One question we have for those who've already gone: did you have any safety concerns, especially in Guatemala? The State Dept. lists it as "critical", but from what we've read online, traveling with a group should be okay.
Frank Ernst Jul 12, 2014 at 02:25 PM

I went last Dec. and we were perfectly safe there: however, i would not suggest walking at night or alone. You will love the ATM cave in Belize.
Frank Ernst Jul 12, 2014 at 02:26 PM

Ruth Brock Jul 12, 2014 at 02:30 PM

No safety concerns in Guatemala, Rene is the perfect guide and will instruct you regarding safety issues. I can say that the armed guards were a little unnerving and I was glad to return to Belize. The ruins in Guatemala are not to be missed though.
Sharon H Jul 12, 2014 at 04:29 PM

Thank you, both! That's very good to hear. We're looking forward to the trip very much.

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