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Highlights of Guatemala & Belize

From £3,675pp (excl. international flights)

Antigua  – Lake Atitlan  – Tikal  – Cayo District  – Ambergris Caye

A great combination trip, encomapassing the highlights.

Highland vistas, jungle adventures and Caribbean bliss combine for this immersive trip.

Explore the cobblestone streets of Antigua adorned with Spanish architecture, visit vibrant markets, and admire the backdrop of volcanoes. Next, delve into the mystical allure of Lake Atitlan, where indigenous culture thrives amidst breathtaking scenery.

Continue your adventure to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, where towering pyramids rise above the jungle canopy, echoing tales of a bygone civilization. Nearby, discover the lesser known but equally mesmerising Yaxha, an archaeological treasure nestled amidst lush landscapes.

Crossing into Belize, immerse yourself in the rich history of San Ignacio, a gateway to Mayan sites like Caracol and Xunantunich. Explore caves adorned with ancient artifacts and venture into the heart of the jungle on thrilling excursions.

Conclude your journey on the idyllic shores of Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island. Dive into azure waters teeming with marine life, snorkel along vibrant coral reefs, or simply relax on pristine beaches.

Throughout your tour, savour the flavours of the local cuisine, experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals, and let each destination weave its own tale of adventure.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua

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Colonial Antigua

On arrival in Guatemala City, you will receive a warm welcome before transferring to Antigua. This UNESCO World Heritage site enchants visitors with its colonial charm and picturesque surroundings where cobblestone streets wind past vibrant markets, historic churches, and colourful facades. The town is surrounded by three towering volcanoes, for a scenic backdrop. Antigua is a must visit destination in the region. Spend 2 nights at the boutique Posada del Angel.

Day 2: Antigua walking tour

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Calle del Arco, Antigua

Discover Antigua's charm on a guided walk through its colonial treasures. Delve into its history as the heart of Spanish influence. Beginning at the central plaza, explore the Palacio de Capitanes, City Hall, and El Portal. Your guide shares insights on colonisation, Guatemala’s past, and present. Visit the Cathedral’s and San Francisco church backstage, revealing Antigua's rich heritage in just one memorable stroll.

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Atitlan & Iximche visit

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

En-route to Lake Atitlan delve into history with a stop at Iximche archaeological site. Nestled in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Iximche holds significance as a Post Classic Mayan site. Founded in 1470 by the Kaqchikel Maya, it served as their capital until the Spanish arrival in 1524. With your guide, explore its main temples, immersing yourself in the fascinating history of this ancient site. Continue to Lake Atitlan and your lakeside retreat, Hotel Atitlan for a 2-night stay.

Day 4: San Juan & Santiago village tour

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Colourful locals

Visit the picturesque town of San Juan, renowned for its naïf art galleries, vibrant town murals, and exquisite natural dye textiles. The town exemplifies organisation and as a prime tourism destination in the highlands, captivates visitors with its beauty and cooperative spirit.

Continue your boat journey to San Antonio Palopo, famed for its traditional ceramic handicrafts. Inspired by the area's vivid colours, volcanoes, and lake, these ceramics showcase meticulous detail and reflect the community's teamwork and empowerment. Discover the production process firsthand, engaging with artisans to create your own personalised piece, a meaningful connection to San Antonio's rich artistic heritage.

Day 5: Lake Atitlan - Flores

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Bird's eye view of Tikal

Transfer to Guatemala City through the scenic highlands for your flight to Flores. Here, you will be welcomed and taken to the Jungle Lodge, located adjacent to the entrance to the famous Tikal National Park. The lodge is immersed in nature, a peaceful base ideal for exploration.

Day 6: Tikal

Tikal

Tikal

Experience the grandeur of Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic archaeological sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation. Explore towering pyramids, intricate temples, and lush jungle surroundings as you immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this ancient city. Marvel at the wildlife that calls Tikal home, from howler monkeys to colourful toucans, adding to the mystical ambiance.

Day 7: Yaxha full day tour & transfer to Belize

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Yaxha Mayan Site

Discover the wonders of Yaxha, an archaeological gem and ancient ceremonial hub of the Mayan civilisation nestled in the northeast of Peten. This site seamlessly blends archaeology, stunning landscapes, and ecological tourism, with over 500 structures, including 40 steles, 13 altars, and 9 pyramids. Your guide will unveil the layout and key temples before enjoying a picnic lunch amidst this historical backdrop. Following lunch, transfer to the Belize Border where you will change vehicles and continue to Black Rock Lodge, your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 8: Cave tubing and ziplining

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Cave tubing

Soar above the tropical jungle up to 80 feet high, experiencing a bird’s eye view as you zip from treetop to treetop. Paired with cave tubing, it's a serene end to the day, drifting down the river in an inner tube. Navigate through caves adorned with captivating Mayan inscriptions and stunning crystal formations, immersing yourself in the natural beauty and ancient wonders of the region.

Day 9: Transfer to Belize City & flight to Ambergris Caye

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Ambergris Caye

Transfer to Belize City for the short flight to Ambergris Caye and the charming Victoria House hotel for a 3-night stay. Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest island, renowned for its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. Dive into turquoise waters teeming with marine life, unwind on sandy shores, or stroll along charming streets lined with colourful buildings and lively restaurants, capturing the essence of island paradise.

Day 10 & 11: Ambergris Caye

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Snorkel trip

Days to relax or explore this tropical paradise. Dive into the mesmerising depths of the famous Blue Hole or snorkel alongside exotic marine life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Or simply, unwind with fresh seafood and cocktails by the Caribbean Sea, savouringly the moment in peaceful Caribbean island.

Day 12: Ambergris Caye - Belize City

Victoria House bike trips

Ambergris Caye

Return to Belize City, and connect with your international departure.


Duration: 11 nights

Location: Guatemala Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £3675pp

From £3,675 per person, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as below:

  • 2 nights at Posada del Angel - bird room, breakfast included
  • 2 nights at Hotel Atitlan - standard lake view, breakfast included
  • 2 nights at Jungle Lodge - standard, breakfast included
  • 2 nights at Black Rock Jungle Lodge - classic cabin, breakfast included
  • 3 nights at Victoria House - stateroom, breakfast included

Also includes

  • All transfers.
  • Private guides and entrance fees for tours.
  • Domestic flight, Guatemala City - Flores

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to Guatemala City / from Belize City
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned as included
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January

January is dry season with prolonged periods of sunshine, particularly in the north and central regions. A great time to travel which means the country will be busy, so we recommend planning in advance.

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February

Similar to February with great weather and very little rain its one of the best months to travel throughout the region.

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March

The dry season continues, with low humidity so another great month to explore all regions of Belize and relax on beautiful Caribbean beaches.

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April

In April the weather in the Cayo District and on the Cayes remains predominantly dry, although the heat and humidity gradually increases. Easter is a busy time, so booking in advance is essential.

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May

Very similar to April, although there are less visitors and there may be the occassional shower with the start of the wet season approaching.

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June

The rains start however most days are usually short sharp showers in the afternoon and early evening. Perrsistent rainfall is rare. Mid-June is the start of lobster season and a great time to sample the dish along the country's coast in destinations like Ambergris Caye and Placencia.

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July

Very similar to July, with a similar amount of rain combined with sunshine. Most destinations will be warm with a high level of humidity.

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August

The height of the rainy season with high humidity, heavy rain and the risk of tropical storms and even hurricanes. These are particularly prevalent in the coastal regions.

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September

Another wet month and not very enjoyable for travel with some remote roads flooded. Due to a low number of visitors at this time, some lodges and hotels will close for annual maintenance.

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October

Rainy conditions continue with wet days, high humidity and generally not the ideal time to visit and enjoy Belize.

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November

The wet season and humidity are easing off with drier days on the horizon. This is a good time to visit the interior and coast before tourist numbers increase in December.

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December

A great time to travel to Belize with sunny, dry days although hotels over the Christmas & New Year break will often be booked for months in advance.

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