Belize Culinary & Culture Tour
10 day/9 night one-of-a-kind culinary and culture tour of Belize
limited to 8
Culinary Vacation to Belize with Otehlia Travels
Tour Dates: July 14-23, 2022; March 2-11, 2023
Spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring the beauty of Belize and one-of-a-kind activities that celebrate the local food and culture on this small group tour. Belize is a very diverse country with a bounty of natural and cultural resources, from tropical mountains to beautiful beaches, it has it all!
- Cayo – 3 nights in Cayo, an interior region of Belize known for lush jungle and well preserved Mayan sites. It’s also known as the ecotourism capital of Belize!
- Hopkins – 3 nights in this small Garifuna fishing village known for beaches, Garifuna cultural activities and bikability!
- Ambergris Caye – 3 nights on the beautiful island paradise, known for its incredible snorkeling, great food and local crafts.
- Truly a small group tour limited to 8 people, led by Otehlia
Cooking classes to learn to make local foods
Zipline and snorkel adventures
Chocolate making tour
Boutique accommodations in the jungle and on the beach
Garifuna cultural activities
Local restaurants and street food
Mayan women’s cooperative and cooking demo
Guided tour of Mayan ruins
From $3249/pp 8 spots**
Madison Eats curates an incredible travel experience that you simply will never get at an all-inclusive. I can’t wait to do this tour again with every family member and close friend I can bring with me. Go and see!
Food Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Belize City and travel by private transport to the Cayo district, the interior of Belize where you’ll find lush jungle and a diversity of cultural influences. We are booked at a beautiful lodge in the jungle truly off the beaten path. Get ready to immerse yourself in nature. We’ll convene for a delicious dinner made with produce grown on the lodge property and then rest and relax before our first big day.
3pm or later
Lunch and Dinner
This is your day! You will be amazed by the mountains that surround you, the river below and the birds that come to feed. Hike the mountain trails, book a guided tour with one of the resident guides, or just watch the birdlife and swim in the spring fed pool. We might hear howler monkeys at night! This is true paradise.
Black Rock Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is a full day starting at 9 am. We explore the history and food of the Cayo region. We’ll start the day with a tour of Xunantunich Ruins which means “maiden of the rock”. These fabulous ruins are close to the border with Guatemala. From there we head to the local market which is bustling with local produce, crafts and delicious food. We’ll enjoy lunch at the market before heading back to rest in the midst of the Belizean Jungle.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Ruins and Market Tour
Enjoy breakfast from the jungle lodge before heading to our next location. On the way, we will indulge in an incredible experience learning to make tortillas from scratch. We head to Hopkins, a small and beautiful fishing village along the coast of Belize. Hopkins is home to the Garifuna descendants of the African survivors of slave ships that were wrecked off the island of St Vincent. The survivors started families with the indigenous Kalinago (Carib) population and later were exiled to Belize. On our way to Hopkins we’ll enjoy the tortilla making class and lunch. We’ll enjoy dinner out in Hopkins, or just relax at the hotel. Hopkins is a great town to enjoy biking around, to buy local art or just relax by the beach!
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Mayan Culture and Tortilla making
Free Beach Day! You earned it. Relax on the beach, go shopping for arts and crafts, journal or read by Wake up and spend the morning as you choose! Perhaps take a bike ride into town or head to the beach for the morning. Hopkins is a beautiful, friendly, and safe town to explore. In the afternoon, we’ll learn all about Garifuna culture with an in-depth cultural and cooking class and experience at the Garifuna cultural center, a place run by a family dedicated to preserving Garifuna cultural traditions. We’ll make our own coconut milk! Optional add on to explore the bioluminescence bay by boat or kayak (depending on season/weather)
Garifuna Cooking and Culture
Free Day! You earned it. Relax on the beach, go shopping for arts and crafts, journal or read by the beach, book an excursion or a spa experience. The day is yours. We’ll convene in the evening for a special meal at a local restaurant before heading back to our hotel to pack and get ready to head to Ambergris Caye. I can also help set up any spa experiences or additional excursions you might like to do such as cave tubing or fishing.
The Colonial at Jaguar Reef
We’ll learn (and try ourselves!) how chocolate is made before enjoying a tour and tasting of a family-owned rum distillery before going to Ambergris Caye by plane. Arrive in Ambergris Caye, just a short flight from Belize City and relax and unwind at the beautiful Sunbreeze. The hotel offers many amenities for all guests. Relax by the bar, take a dip in the pool or walk around San Pedro, or simply relax in your room after a day of travel.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Chocolate Making and rum tour and tasting
Today we’ll experience the fabulous aquatic life of Belize, taking a snorkeling adventure to nearby waters to snorkel. Snorkeling in this area is a must do activity! You’ll see rays, turtles, and all kinds of fish. We’ll do an informal dinner crawl in San Pedro, visiting a couple of spectacular eateries for tastings of local food and a chance to shop for last minute gifts.
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a relaxing day on Ambergris Caye. Book your own morning adventure or just relax by the pool, or shop for gifts to take home. In the afternoon we’ll head to a local restaurant for a pupusa-making class! These delicacies are El Salvadoran and so delicious! The class ends early enough that we can grab a drink or dessert–or both!– before packing for our departure the next day.
Pupusa making class
Departure day. After breakfast, we’ll take a short flight back to Belize City, before heading home.
COST: $3249/pp BASED on double occupancy.
Single Occupancy add $899
Owner, Guide and Event Host
Otehlia founded Madison Eats Food Tours in 2012, after spending years trying to create her ideal job combining her passion for local food, teaching, dancing, and sustainable development. What emerged is a business connecting people with Madison’s rich local food scene through exceptional food tours and events.Read More
I have no hesitation in recommending this, or any other tour Otehlia curates, to anybody who wants a fun filled culinary tour with like minded people, expertly crafted and put together.
Deposits/Payments: To hold your spot in the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. This can be paid by check (address below), Zelle or Paypal/Venmo (may incur fees).
$1200 due 60 days before departure
Of this 25% is non refundable/no credits
Remaining balance due on or before 30 days before the tour)
After 30 days before the tour there are no refunds on any of the amounts paid due to cancellations.
You can also choose to send full payment in advance of the course/tour.
Flexible Booking/Cancellation: A $500 non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on the specific tour you signed up for. This deposit is used to set up the tour and for reservations and administrative fees and is not refundable or transferable for any reason.
Refunds and adjustments: There will be no refunds or adjustments for unused portion of the tour.
Mail your deposit and fill out the submission form below to hold your spot. Deposit can be sent by mail, Venmo, Paypal or Zelle. Make check payable to Madison Eats Food Tours. Please inquire for address or transfer info. Please fill out booking form even if mailing in deposit.
Single Supplement $899/pp
Madison Eats Culinary Vacation Booking Form
Tour Policies and Procedures incl. Covid updates
Covid Protocol and Safety Measures:
We require that all guests, regardless of vaccination status, get tested before traveling with us on any trip regardless of regional entry requirements within 48 (rapid test) or 96 (PCR test) hours prior to travel – effective on departures as of May 1, 2021. We will adhere to Belize’s rules for entry and mask mandates and safety protocol, which currently requires that all people over the age of 2 wear a mask or a cloth indoors and in some public places to cover your face and nose except when you are eating and drinking or exercising.
If you test positive and are denied re-entry into the US, you will be fully responsible for any fees associated with your stay including but not limited to health care costs and lodging. By joining the tour each participant voluntarily agrees to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense of any kind that they may experience or incur in connection with their Madison Eats Food Tours trip and its activities.
Cancellation and Refund: If Madison Eats Food Tours cancels the tour, all fees paid MINUS your $500 deposit (service fee) will be refunded. We strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events that result in the cancellation of your trip.
A) Minimum Group Size:
Madison Eats Food Tours’ trips are priced based on a minimum group size that varies by trip, making our trips financially viable to operate. Madison Eats Food Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip if the trip does not attract the minimum number of clients required to make the trip financially viable. Madison Eats Food Tours will not, however, cancel a trip due to minimum group size any later than 21 days prior to the commencement of the trip. In the event of cancellation, Madison Eats Food Tours shall not, in any case, be responsible for nonrefundable expenses incurred by the client, including, but not limited to airline cancellation fees or insurance purchases.
Alternatively, clients may choose to pay a small group surcharge that would be assessed to each guest in groups that fall below the minimum group size, which avoids us having to cancel the trip.
B) Force Majeure:
Madison Eats Food Tours reserves the right to cancel a trip at any stage prior to the scheduled departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events which make it unviable for Madison Eats Food Tours to operate our planned schedule. In such a case, Madison Eats Food Tours will, at its own discretion, refund a portion of the trip price (less incurred costs and the non-refundable deposit), reschedule the tour, or offer an alternative tour. Should the client choose to purchase “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) insurance coverage, and the tour becomes unviable for Madison Eats Food Tours to operate or reschedule, Madison Eats Food Tours will cover the client’s CFAR deductible up to 25% of the price of the tour.
If you wish to change your booking in any way, you must contact us as soon as possible and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. Surcharges may apply.
SUBSTITUTION OF A CLIENT
If any member of the party is prevented from traveling because of the death, injury or serious illness of the passenger, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person (acceptable to Madison Eats Food Tours) provided that written notice is given at least 30 days prior to departure. An administration fee of up to $150 may be imposed by the company to cover non-refundable costs. Airlines may impose 100% cancellation charges and the cost of a new ticket.
Photography release: The tour participants permits Madison Eats Food Tours, LLC to photographs, films, images, text, testimonials of participants for its own commercial use without compensation to participants.
Any dispute related to these terms and conditions or the program itself, directly or indirectly shall be settled solely in the courts of Madison, WI. In such litigation, Wisconsin law will apply.
*Does not include round trip airfare to Belize City, airport taxes, personal expenses, housekeeping and instructor/guide tips for added excursions, Covid testing fees, and travel insurance. Includes meals, alcoholic beverages and excursions as specified in itinerary as well as all tips to staff and guides for included excursions.
Published on Nov 22 2021
Last Updated on Jul 03 2022