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12 Day Culture & Adventure in Guatemala & Belize

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Belize , Guatemala

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Guatemala
Depart for Guatemala. Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua, nestled in the forested hills of southern Guatemala. The city was founded in the early 16th century and is renowned for its Spanish colonial architecture. Tonight, join your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM for an orientation meeting. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at your destination no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Antigua

DAY 2, Sunday - Coffee Tour, Antigua's Indigenous Communities, Casa Santo Domingo
Today, get a glimpse into the history of coffee, its production, and what makes the perfect brew during a tour of a coffee farm. Some of the best coffee in the world is grown and processed in Antigua Guatemala. At the conclusion of the visit, taste a fresh cup of coffee. Then, visit indigenous communities outside Antigua, including Jocotenango, Ciudad Vieja and San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Learn about their history, culture and traditions, and savor a home hosted lunch with a local family. Return to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Casa Santo Domingo, comprised of two of Antigua's museums-one featuring Spanish colonial art and another of classic Maya art. At dinner tonight, celebrate your arrival in Guatemala
Overnight: Antigua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Travel to Rio Dulce, Archaeological Park & Ruins of Quiriguá
Departing Antigua this morning, head east towards Rio Dulce. Following lunch en route, visit the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the 35 foot stela, the tallest known Mayan stela. Later, continue the drive to Rio Dulce. Arrive and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Rio Dulce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Discover Livingston
Begin the day with a boat ride down the river to Livingston, an Afro-Caribbean town with a unique blend of culture. During your ride, keep an eye out for exotic birds as you pass through waters filled with water lilies, tropical rainforests and a scenic canyon. Stop to visit Ak' Tenamit, a Cultural and Educational Center for indigenous Q'eqchi' Maya people. After, continue to Livingston, located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Savor lunch prepared by the community Maya Q'eqchi'. Learn the secrets of making Tapado, a traditional Guatemalan seafood soup. Then, take an orientation tour of the town. Later, return by boat to Rio Dulce with time at leisure
Overnight: Rio Dulce
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Flores, Lake Peten Itza
Depart Rio Dulce this morning and travel to Flores, located on Lake Peten Itza. Board a boat to reach the small island. Then, take a walking tour of the picturesque town with its pastel-colored buildings, cobblestone streets and charming Central Plaza. Browse the shops for local handicrafts. Later, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Flores
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Tikal National Park
A thrilling day of exploration awaits! Journey to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, a large archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located at the center of a 222-square-mile national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. View the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, as you visit sites that include the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex (where the Great Pyramid is located), and the Great Plaza. After lunch at the park, free time to explore on your own. Perhaps climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a panoramic view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. Afterward, return to your hotel
Overnight: Flores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Yaxha National Park, Border Crossing to Belize, San Ignacio
Explore the ancient city of Yaxha, a former Maya ceremonial center, perched on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. This impressive archaeological site encompasses ball courts, several plazas, multiple pyramids, stelae and altars. Opportunity to climb one of the temples for panoramic views of the area. Following lunch, travel to Melchor de Mencos. After border formalities, you cross from Guatemala into Belize. Continue to San Ignacio, located on the bank of the Macal River. Arrive at the hotel with time to relax before dinner
Overnight: San Ignacio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing
Depart for Jaguar Paw Cave. On arrival, take a short hike along a jungle trail to reach the waters and embark on a tubing excursion. Float down the river though a series of underground caves and explore limestone stalactite formations. The ancient Mayans used this subterranean system to reach Xibalba, their sacred underworld. After a picnic lunch, return to the hotel, followed by an evening at leisure
Overnight: San Ignacio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Belize Zoo, Ferry to Caye Caulker Island
Morning departure from San Ignacio towards Belize City. On arrival, visit the Belize Zoo, the perfect place to discover Belize's untamed jungles and savannahs. Later, board a ferry to the idyllic island of Caye Caulker, a tropical paradise with a laid-back attitude. This Caribbean island is surrounded by the biodiverse Belize Barrier Reef. Arrive at your resort hotel in time for a lunch of delectable Belizean dishes, including fresh seafood. Spend the afternoon at leisure to enjoy your tropical surroundings
Overnight: Caye Caulker
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Monday - Enchanting Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Today, take a catamaran tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, known for its impressive coral reefs and abundant marine life. Swim over the vibrant coral formations and watch for sea turtles, colorful fish and eels. Come face to face with docile nurse sharks and friendly southern stingrays at the feeding grounds of Shark Ray Alley. Afterward, head to Coral Gardens for snorkeling. View a maze of colorful hard and soft corals along with a variety of bright-colored fish. Continue to Sunken Barge, where you view coral and many species of fish, typical of Caribbean reefs. Lunch is included during the tour. Enjoy tropical breezes and beautiful scenery before returning back to Caye Caulker. Spend time at leisure, before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Caye Caulker
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Discover Belize City
After a leisurely morning, transfer by ferry in the afternoon to Belize City with its Caribbean charm. This historic city boasts a unique blend of Mayan ruins and old colonial buildings. Embark on a city tour and learn about the former capital city of Belize, founded in the 1600s by the British. View St. John's Cathedral and the Museum of Belize. Afterward, check into your hotel. Later, enjoy dinner with your Tour Manager and share wonderful memories of your journey though Guatemala and Belize
Overnight: Belize City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Belize
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-Guatemala City, Belize City-Miami
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Antigua
  • 2 nights Rio Dulce
  • 2 nights Flores
  • 2 nights San Ignacio
  • 2 nights Caye Caulker
  • 1 night Belize City
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Round trip ferry Belize City-Caye Caulker-Belize City
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Get a glimpse into the history of coffee and its production, followed by a tasting
  • Tour Guatemala's indigenous communities around Antigua
  • Savor a home hosted lunch with a local family and hear about their values and traditions
  • Visit Casa Santo Domingo, a cultural complex housing two of Antigua's best museums
  • Take a peaceful boat ride through the canyon of the Rio Dulce and hear the sounds of nature around you
  • Explore the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
  • Enjoy a tubing excursion at Jaguar Paw Cave, a sacred underground world to the Maya
  • Take a catamaran tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, known for its impressive coral reefs and abundant marine life
  • Discover Belize City with its unique blend of Mayan ruins and old colonial buildings

     

  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    Accommodations

    Porta Hotel Antigua
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Antigua Guatemala.

    Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina
    This tourist class hotel is ideally located on the shores of Lake Izabal.

    Hotel Villa Maya
    This first class hotel is located in a private nature reserve on the shores of the Petenchel and Monifata Lagoons.

    Cassia Hill Resort
    This tourist class hotel is located just minutes outside the town of San Ignacio.

    Island Magic Beach Resort
    This tourist class hotel is located on the beach in Caye Caulker Island.

    Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza
    This tourist class hotel is located in Belize City, just minutes from the Caribbean Sea.

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