Discover why traveling to Belize and Guatemala with us should be on your must-do list
1. Snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and dive the Belize Barrier Reef. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this is the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, and one of the three largest barrier reefs in the world.
2. Explore the extensive Mayan ruins of the Petén region, once the hub of Classic Maya civilization, over three full days. The well-known ruins of Tikal are extensive, and we dedicate a full day and a half to seeing them in the company of experts. Explore the little-visited Yaxhá, the third largest ruins in the Maya world, situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxhá Lake. Then sail across the lake to a secluded island and see Topoxte, an ancient Maya ruin enveloped in rain forest.
3. See dazzling birdlife and monkeys amid a towering forest. The Maya Biosphere Reserve, more than twice the size of Yellowstone National Park, is home to over 400 species of birds, plus spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and tapirs. Hike the tropical forest amid giant ceiba trees—the sacred tree of the Maya—with our local guides.
4. Observe and photograph nesting red-footed boobies at the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, protected since 1928 and managed by the Belize Audubon Society since 1971.
5. Take advantage of cool tools for exploration. Our onboard fleet of Zodiacs, single and double kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards allow us to explore remote and inviting locations. With snorkel gear, you can discover Belize’s rich reefs on your own. In addition, our video microscope reveals even the tiniest facets of the marine world.
6. Enjoy access to learning and personal attention. We have the most knowledgeable and experienced naturalists in the region. Some are local experts, and all are genuinely passionate about sharing their expertise. And our generous naturalist-to guest-ratio of about 1:10 means our staff is always accessible—on deck, and during activities, cocktails, and meals.
7. See the Belize Barrier Reef undersea revealed. We travel with an onboard undersea specialist, who dives and shoots with high intensity lights and an HD video camera. You’ll view this fascinating footage on plasma screens in the comfort of the ship’s lounge.
8. Go home a better, more confident photographer. A National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor is aboard every departure. A specially trained naturalist, your photo instructor will provide assistance with your camera and instruction in elements of composition to help you take advantage of countless photo ops—and take your best photos ever. Plus, travel with a National Geographic photographer on select departures.
9. Relax with our wellness program onboard. Our wellness specialist leads a daily stretch and yoga class from the sun deck, with unbeatable views of the surrounding sea and landscapes. A variety of spa treatments and massages are also available.
10. Take home an exclusive video chronicle of your expedition. Your Chronicle captures the pinnacle expedition moments. Professionally shot in HD and edited during the voyage, it’s available for purchase by the time you disembark.