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Over the past decade vacationers in search of sand and adventure have eagerly flocked to Central America, especially to the small country of Belize—beautiful, Caribbean-blessed Belize. Our clients return raving about their romantic and leisurely time exploring the many attractive cayes or exotic jungles. As English is Belize’s official language, navigation is relatively simple. We recommend clients visit during the dry season, from January to May. The rainy season occurs for much of the year, culminating with hurricane season from July to October.


Belize is home to some of the most attractive reefs in the Caribbean, and the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s. There are small beaches in the southern part of the country and throughout the cayes, but the main draws are the snorkel and diving. Many vacationers opt for one of the many islands or peninsulas along the Caribbean: the elongated Ambergris Caye, the more relaxed Caye Caulker and Placencia, or the biologically diverse Turneffe Islands. To reach these we can arrange air transfers out from Belize City. There are also the slower but more unique water taxes.


Main attractions inland are Belize City and the many Mayan ruins that dot the jungles. Belize City keeps a historic museum known as the Old Belize Exhibit—an artistic display that offers a rare glimpse into 18th century colonial days. Older still are Belize’s ruins: the mystic Mayan city of Altun Ha, the lagoons around Lamanai ruins, and the dominating temples of Xunantunich are not to be missed—but you may have to choose just one to fit into your itinerary!


Willamette Intl Travel can help you arrange any number of activities that you want during your time in Belize—whether snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, cave tubing, zip-lining, etc. Several resorts allow you to book excursions before or on arrival. You may also opt to visit Belize Zoo with over 45 native species, or kayak downriver to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, turtles and exotic birds. Wherever you want to visit and whatever you want to do, our agents can make suitable arrangements to ensure a terrific and memorable vacation.


Willamette Intl Travel regularly books clients to Belize, and our agents Linda and Pam have had firsthand experience on the ground. Call us at 800.821.0401 or email info@wittravel.com for more information.


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Vendor of the Month: Avanti Destinations

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Willamette Intl Travel uses Avanti Destinations as one of our main tour operators in Central America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Avanti is world-renowned, a member of the United States Tour Operators Association, and have been in the business for over thirty years. Best of all, they are based in Portland, Ore., right around the corner from Willamette Intl Travel!

Avanti offers fully customizable tours in a range of destinations—from jungles and mountains to deserts and islands. Their established, creative itineraries are designed to make the most of your cultural jaunt abroad—and can even be tailored to the minute details to your interests and needs. They even offer theme journeys, focusing on ecology, adventure, food and wine, romance, etc.


Avanti’s services extend to transfers, tours, lodgings, day trips and more. They keep a range of hand-picked accommodation on list—from lodges, villas, and condos—and every property has been inspected by an employee. These visits ensure the lodgings are of the highest quality, while maintaining a range sensitive of varying budgets. Avanti can arrange shared and private transfers to and from the airport/each destination. In some major ports, they can even arrange pre- or post-cruise itineraries for comprehensive land tour. Day tours are booked with local tour operators, keeping you always on schedule, and with local guides who have grown up in and around the region.


On a recent itinerary to Costa Rica, we booked some of our clients on an adventurous tour through cloud forests and volcanoes. They spent a week traversing treetop walkways, river-boating, swimming in hot springs, and horse-riding on the beaches of Guanacaste. To quote one client, “This was the best vacation of my life!”


Travelers on an Avanti booking have:

  • – Taken a bus through the Andes to Puerto Natales
  • – Cruised the channels of Tierra del Fuego from Ushuaia
  • – Caught glimpses of the leopard and cranes in the forests, lowlands and wetlands of the Pantanal
  • – Spent a night overlooking the Iguassu Falls
  • – Wandered the cobblestoned streets of the colonial city of Paraty
  • – Explored the boutiques and glitzy restaurants of Buzios on the charming Costa Verde
  • – Savored wine in the Loire valleys
  • – Hiked Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park and the Atacama Desert with its salt flats and dramatic volcanoes
  • – Zip-lined in the butterfly-rampant Cloud Forest of Monteverde
  • – Visited the Uros-Iruitos floating reed islands and the quaint village of Copacabana
  • – Traced the cultural journeys of the pre-Inca Chimu and Moche civilizations, climbed the pyramids of Tucume, and visited the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in Huaca Rajada

Ask us more about Avanti or call us to find more about destinations. We can be reached at 800.821.0401 or info@wittravel.com.


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