It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved … friendships were made, eyes were opened and lives were changed forever. Now we’re ready to plan for the next trip.
Here’s a peek into what we discovered (click any of the photos to link to the photo albums):
But don’t forget the fun! Sightseeing excursions, evening entertainment, delicious local cuisine and plenty of free time to wander and explore our surroundings in these incredible regions. And of course, what would a Zen Tour be without plenty of relaxation?
DAY ONE: Welcome to Belize! After flying into Belize International Airport, we all met up and hopped on a bus tour through the Belizean countryside to San Ignacio. This first night we took it easy, staying at the Cahal Pech Village Resort. To celebrate our communion, we enjoyed a lovely poolside dinner, lit with tiki-torches, great conversation and a presentation by developer Phil Hahn of the Carmelita Gardens project.
DAY TWO: We took in an early breakfast followed by a tour of San Ignacio’s farmer’s market. Then we jumped into canoes for a relaxing ride down the Macal and Belize Rivers, followed by a delicious and authentic riverfront picnic lunch. Next we had the opportunity for a site-tour of the sustainable development riverfront community of Carmelita Gardens. After all our questions were answered, we jumped back on the bus for a refreshing ice cream at the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout, followed by cocktails and a dip in the river at the Mahogany Hall. The day was wrapped up with a lovely dinner at the Cahal Pech Village Resort with a presentation from the project attorney and architect Alvin Holm. The adventurous among us then took a ride into San Ignacio for a little night on the town.
DAY THREE: After breakfast we hopped into the bus again for a tour of the incredible site of the Xunantunich Mayan ruins. After lots of pictures, we jumped in the bus again and headed out to the breathtaking Better in Belize jungle project in the Mayan Mountains. After a tasty lunch prepared by the site owners, we took an unforgettable tour of the Macal River via pontoon, complete with waterfall climbs and refreshing dips in the crystal-clear water pools. After this amazing experience, we jumped back in the bus and headed to the Cahal Pech Village Resort for another delicious Belizean dinner.
DAY FOUR: After a lovely breakfast with a presentation by the Blue Water finance group, Marie presented the proforma for the Carmelita project and committed the rest of the morning to one-on-one conversations with each of the investors. Afterwards, some of the attendees took a short hike over to the Cahal Pech archaeological site. We then said our goodbyes to our new friends on the Carmelita team and headed over to the Belize Municipal Airport for a private charter to San Pedro. From San Pedro we took a quick water taxi to the Belizean Shores Resort for the night and enjoyed an incredible meal followed by cocktails at the Coco Beach Resort.
DAY FIVE: This morning the Atlantic International Bank held a special buffet breakfast for us, where we had all our questions about financing, opening offshore businesses and taxation answered by the experts. After a few free hours to play in the pool and on the beach, we had a delicious Belizean buffet lunch, followed by a tour of a number of San Pedro beachfront developments. After a little more free time to soak up the sun, we packed up our luggage and hopped aboard the water taxi which took us back to the airport for a quick flight over to Corozal. Another short bus ride brought us to the Orchid Bay beachfront resort where we were greeted with tiki torches and quickly settled into each of our private casitas. After a relaxing dinner and drinks we enjoyed the company of friends with a blazing bonfire on the beach.
DAY SIX: After a satisfying breakfast, Jim Hardesty of the Orchid Bay development took us through his presentation of the project, after which we had a walking tour of the various neighborhoods situated in the community as well as the many architectural types to choose from. Following this we had plenty of free time to simply relax in the hammocks and beach chairs or entertain ourselves with standing kayaks, canoes, and inner tubes in the warm, calm waters. Later we were joined via webcam by Ari Kahn, developer of the Orchid Bay project for a quick question and answer session. This informative day was brought to an end with another delicious dinner, drinks and beachfront bonfire.
DAY SEVEN: On our last and final day, we rose early for breakfast, packing our things and saying goodbye to the Orchid Bay team. After a speedy trip back to Corozal via water taxi, we grabbed a private charter back to Belize International Airport where we dropped our bags and headed over to Old Belize for our last lunch together before reluctantly heading back for our flights home.
It was for us, too. So don’t hesitate … book your space now for our next Offshore Discovery tour and we’ll bring the suntan lotion!
“I wanted to thank you for what was (up to now) one of the best, fulfilling, enlightening trips I’ve experienced. Everything about the trip was so smooth and went off without a hitch. If you consider all the logistics involved for our group of 16 it is just amazing!!! BRAVO!! It goes without saying that I am anxious to receive proformas on the opportunities we had the chance to see. Thanks again … and I hope it isn’t to tough for you STILL being in Belize!!! Ya better Belize IT!!”
– Gary M., Montreal QC, Canada