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Hopkins Village is one of 6 Garinagu villages in Belize, More than 70% of the population is Garinagu – with their rich culture, clothing, food and easy going friendly style. The people are often called Garifuna, although they ate officially Garinagu and the language they speak is called Garifuna. The village is a great base for fishing, snorkeling, diving as well as numerous inland options and sits close by the Cockscomb National Park. The real charm of the village lies in its local Garinagu population who are friendly and quick to take visitors out fishing or around the village. Check out the local drumming on the beach.

There is a great variety of resorts from simple to top luxury. Amazing diving is just a 45-minute boat ride from the village. Though there are other Garinagu villages, Hopkins is the best example of the original settlers handing down the traditions, culture and unique traits to the generations that followed. Some of what you see today is almost worthy of being in a time capsule. On rare occasions one or more families will hold a “dugout” over a period of a week – this is a spectacular spiritual calling where you can, while being circumspect, witness a rare insight into centuries old cultural ceremonies, which have not altered with time or location.

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Day 1

Arriva to Belize. Dangriga/ Hopkins

Welcome to Belize! After a very short transfer in the International airport to a domestic flight you will be airborne for 20 minutes then you arrive in Dangriga. Our diver will be waiting for you and will take you to your resort in Hopkins. There are numerous local restaurants to choose from for a beachside dinner.

Day 2

Fishing & Snorkeling Day

Experience a full day on the water as you combine both fishing and snorkelling at the Southern Barrier Reef, just 35 minutes away from the resort. Beginners and experienced snorkelers and anglers can experience the Cayes and Barrier Reef as your guide makes several stops along the reef allowing you to fish and snorkel at your own pace in the warm, crystal clear waters filled with a multitude of the colourful and exotic marine creatures. Let your guide know what you're hoping to catch and your skill level and he will ensure your day is as fulfilling and memorable as you anticipate it to be.

Day 3

Chocolate Making & Horseback Riding

Spend the morning ambling at the Outback Stables on the scenic paths of the Pine Forest Hill and the breath taking views of Belize’s Maya Mountains. Make your way over mounds of rock that are the remains of an ancient Maya Civilization and into the neighboring Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve until you reach the bank of the Sittee River. Dismount after your morning run to be picked by your guide and head over to the Cockscomb Basin’s Mayan Center for a hands -on traditional chocolate making experience with the local Maya.

Day 4

Flight to the Belize International Airport

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the local airstrip in Dangriga for the 20–minute flight to the International Airport to take your flight home.
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