Highlights of Guatemala and Belize - 12 Days

Highlights of Guatemala and Belize - 12 Days

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Highlights of Guatemala and Belize - 12 Days

12 Days Starting in Antigua and ending in Belize City

Visiting: Antigua, Panajachel, Santa Catarina de Polopo, Flores, San Ignacio, Belize City

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2709/HOGB

Group size:

2 - 20

Age range:

Minimum age 12. If booking a family please contact GH to check room requirements.There is no maximum age. Those 70 or over will be required to fill out a tour suitability tour.  

Trip Styles:

Small Group

From: $4465 $4342 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$123

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Embark on a 12-day tour of Guatemala and Belize, taking in the contrasting cultures and landscapes of these beautiful countries. Guatemala with its rich Mayan heritage, beautiful highlands and towering volcanoes, and Belize with its lush rainforests and laid-back Caribbean vibe. Starting in enchanting Antiqua, visit beautiful Lake Atitlan and marvel at the vast Mayan city of Tikal nestled in the rainforest. Then cross into Belize to end your adventure at a tranquil jungle hideaway, where you'll discover diverse flora and fauna and enjoy outdoor activities.

Highlights

  • Antigua - Discover this picturesque Colonial town with its charming cobbled streets and leafy central plaza, set against a stunning backdrop of smouldering volcanoes

  • Chichicastenango - Visit the vast, bustling market and wander the labyrinthine streets lined with brightly coloured textiles, clothes and tapestries

  • Lake Atitlan - Cruise across the lake to Santiago de Atitlan, admire the stunning scenery and explore the lakeside villages

  • Tikal - Take a guided tour of this remarkable Mayan archaeological site, where steep, stepped and vertiginous temples penetrate the forest canopy

  • Yaxha - Discover this captivating lesser-visited archaeological site nestled within a lush jungle on a guided walking tour

  • Chaa Creek - Stay at a beautiful Belize eco-lodge on the rain-forested banks of the Macal river and enjoy a range of activities

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua

Location: Antigua

Welcome to Antigua! Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to our charming city hotel. Antigua is a beautiful city known for its art galleries, restaurants, bars and more.





Day 2-3: Antigua

Location: Antigua

Accommodation Name: Overnight: Antigua (2)

Meals Included: Breakfast

The next two days are spent in enchanting Antigua. Located in the highlands of Guatemala, Antigua is a captivating colonial city known for its rich history, architectural beauty, and vibrant atmosphere. There’s an abundance of ruined churches, convents and monasteries, cobbled streets with overhanging tiled roofs and a charming central plaza, all set against a dramatic backdrop of smouldering volcanoes. There will be a guided walking tour of the historic centre and plenty of time to explore this captivating city at leisure.

Day 4: Panajachel

Location: Panajachel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Antigua - Lake Atitlan. This morning our journey takes us to Lake Atitlan travelling along a gradually ascending road via the highlands of west Antigua dominated by majestic volcanoes and bustling farming villages. Our first stop along the way is the town of Chichicastenango, a chilly mountain town with a mystical atmosphere. Practices of overt Catholicism go hand in hand with esoteric Mayan religious ceremonies, centred around the simple, whitewashed church. Here, we will find vibrant and bustling market with array of textiles, clothes, tapestries, hand-carved masks, leather goods, and an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables brought in by local farmers from surrounding villages.





We then continue our journey to Lake Atitlan, known for its captivating beauty. The cobalt waters mirror the forested volcanic cones, while traditional villages and indigenous settlements grace its shores.

Day 5: Santa Catarina De Polopo

Location: Santa Catarina de Polopo

Meals Included: Breakfast

We are based in Santa Catarina De Polopo, a peaceful village a few kilometres from the lively tourist centre of Panajacehel. This morning a motor launch takes us over the calm and silent morning waters of Lake Atitlan to Santiago de Atitlan. En route we are treated to breath-taking views of hamlets, cultivated fields, and picturesque volcanoes encircling the lake. Arriving in Santiago, we'll be greeted by enthusiastic children and the town offers a fantastic opportunity to purchase brilliantly coloured textiles. We may even encounter Maximón, the local idol, known for his mischievous behaviour but said to assist with problems in exchange for financial donations.

Day 6: Santa Catarina De Polopo

Location: Santa Catarina de Polopo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is free to explore the lake and its surrounding shores, dotted with charming agricultural and fishing communities. Each village boasts its own unique traditional dress and speaks its own Mayan dialect. Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area or engage in one of the optional activities available today like canoeing, biking, or visiting butterfly and animal parks nearby.

Day 7: Flores

Location: Flores

Meals Included: Breakfast

Lake Atitlan - Flores. This morning we drive back to the capital for an hour-long flight to Flores, located within the dense jungles of northern Guatemala. Our journey continues from Flores to our lodge nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Peten. The rest of today is free at leisure, unwind by the hotel's pool or stroll along the well-marked trails to explore and encounter diverse wildlife.

Day 8: Flores

Location: Flores

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our day starts with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site at Tikal, just an hour's drive away. The site features steep, stepped temples that penetrate the forest canopy, providing unforgettable views of the timeless rainforest. Wander through the palace complexes and marvel at the well-preserved pyramids and temples that once formed one of the largest and most important Mayan city-states. The lively presence of howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, and parrots adds to the magical ambiance of the site.

Day 9: San Ignacio

Location: San Ignacio

Accommodation Name: Overnight: Chaa Creek

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Flores - Belize. This morning we visit the lesser-known Mayan ceremonial site of Yaxha, situated along the shores of a lagoon. Then, we take a beautiful drive across the border and into Belize, passing through the town of San Ignacio before reaching the low-lying Cayo district. We spend the next few days in Belize's lush, unspoilt, and sparsely populated hilly interior, nestled on the rain-forested banks of the Macal River.

Day 10-11: San Ignacio

Location: San Ignacio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We are based at Chaa Creek for the next two days, one of Belize's first eco-lodges, where we can immerse ourselves in the tranquillity of the jungle. There are many activities available, including a stroll along some of the many orchid-lined trails and a canoe ride through the mustard-coloured waters of River Macal watching waterside creatures and birdlife emerge from its shoreline habitat.





For the more adventurous, horseback riding and biking are available, or you can simply indulge in relaxation and pampering at the hotel's spa (note: some of these excursions may incur an extra charge). The Mountain Pine Ridge, with its waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and caves surrounded by savannah and pine forest, is another option for exploration. You can also visit Mayan archaeological sites at Xunantunich and Caracol, adding to the richness of your experience in this enchanting region.

Day 12: Belize City

Location: Belize City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today marks the end of our tour. There's an included transfer to Belize Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3-4 star

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 3 dinners

  • 11 nights 3-4 star hotels

  • Arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 12

  • Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

  • Escorted by an English-speaking tour leader

  • Guided walking tour of Antigua

  • Lake Atitlan excursion by boat

  • Chichicastenango market visit

  • Tikal guided tour of the ruins

  • Yaxha guided tour of the ruins

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What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Departure taxes or border taxes

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Age Policy

Minimum age 12. If booking a family please contact GH to check room requirements.There is no maximum age. Those 70 or over will be required to fill out a tour suitability tour.  

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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