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Explore Guatemala & Belize

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 17 Days | Antigua to Caye Caulker
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Guatemala and Belize share a jungle-shrouded border, but the experiences offered by each are truly unique. Explore both countries for a broader look at Central America— from the colonial architecture and Mayan metropolises of Guatemala to the vibrant Garifuna culture and coral reefs of Belize.

Trip Highlights

    • Discover ancient Mayan ruins on guided tours of the Lamanai and Tikal archaeological sites.
    • Join a Mayan tree-planting ceremony on the shores of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, and try your hand at Garifuna drumming on the Belizean coast.
    • Explore Antigua’s colonial center alongside a local historian, and learn the ancient art of Mayan chocolate-making at the city’s ChocoMuseo.
    • Unwind in turquoise Caribbean waters off Caye Caulker, and take an optional sailing and snorkeling excursion to the wildlife-rich Belize Barrier Reef.

Itinerary - 17 Days

Day 1 — Guatemala City/Antigua

Arrive at the Guatemala City airport and transfer to our hotel in Antigua Guatemala.

Day 2 — Antigua

Explore Antigua with a local historian on a guided cultural walking tour that includes City Hall, the Catedral de Santiago, the Convent of Capuchins, the Palace of the Captains General, and the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Opt to go on a volcano trek, or take an excursion to a macadamia nut plantation or coffee farm. (1B)

Day 3 — Lake Atitlán

Travel by van and boat to the secluded village of Jaibalito on Lake Atitlán. Visit lakeside communities by boat, including San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures-supported village. Take an orientation walk, visit various weaving co-ops and colorful markets, have a traditional Mayan lunch, and attend a Mayan tree-planting ceremony. Then, with free time, opt for outdoor pursuits like zip lining, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, bird-watching, and kayaking. (2B, 1L)

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Antigua/Flores/Tikal

Return to Antigua and participate in a hands-on workshop at a chocolate museum, learning about the ancient Mayan chocolate-making process from bean to bar and enjoying plenty of tastings. The following day, fly to the colorful town of Flores in the Petén region of Guatemala. Enjoy a cooking lesson, and have lunch with a local chef on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Spend your final day in Guatemala on a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (3B, 1L)

Days 8 & 9 — Burrell Boom

Cross the border into Belize and settle into our hotel in the tiny village of Burrell Boom. Spend the following day discovering Lamanai, a renowned Mayan ceremonial site consisting of hundreds of structures surrounded by lush jungle. Then return to the lodge to relax at the patio bar and pool, visit the spa, or walk the grounds enjoying the local wildlife. (2B, 1L)

Days 10, 11, & 12 — San Ignacio

Drive to the rustic town of San Ignacio, with stops at an animal conservation center and a women’s cooperative, where we’ll learn about the centuries-old tradition of hand-forming pottery. Learn how to make tortillas and enjoy a lunch of local dishes before continuing on to our hotel in the rain forest. Then indulge in two days of free time to explore the surrounding area. Options include exploring the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ruins of Xunantunich, a visit to a butterfly garden, or tubing and canoeing through the natural limestone caves of the region. (3B, 1L)

Days 13 & 14 — Hopkins

Travel to the coastal town of Hopkins with a visit to Marie Sharp’s hot sauce factory en route. Delve into the unique Garifuna culture during a drumming lesson, and enjoy a performance by your teachers. Then opt to visit nearby Tobacco Caye and do some snorkeling; discover the jaguar reserve at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary; go zip lining, hiking, or rapelling amid the lush jungles of Mayflower Bocawina National Park; or explore the surrounding coastal landscapes by bicycle. (2B)

Days 15 & 16 — Caye Caulker

Catch the ferry to Caye Caulker, a true tropical paradise. Opt to join a full-day sailing-and-snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Belize Barrier Reef, take a manatee tour, enjoy sunset sailing, or just indulge in some valuable relaxation time. On the final evening, gather for a fun farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. (2B, 1D)

Day 17 — Caye Caulker

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,399

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Antigua, Lake Atitlán, San Ignacio, Hopkins, and Caye Caulker are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (16 nights)

Meals Included
16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner. Allow an additional $545-710 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private van, boat, plane

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.