Guatemala & Belize

Experience the colonial charm of Antigua – Guatemala’s former colonial capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and wander a modern-day Maya village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Hunt for the Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird, in the cloud forest of Coban before turning north to visit the mother of all Maya sites – Tikal. Travel into Belize’s Cayo District, where you’ll find Tikal’s sister city, Caracol, along with a host of smaller but no less interesting Maya archaeological sites. This area is also renown for its bird-life and for soft adventures such as cave-tubing & zip-lining. End your holiday in a beach location on Belize’s largest island, Ambergris Caye, where you can snorkel or dive the longest Barrier Reef in the northern hemisphere.

Antigua Guatemala

Quetzal

Guatemala & Belize - a sample itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Guatemala City and transfer to the charming former colonial capital of Antigua.

Day 2

Enjoy a City Tour of Antigua to orientate yourself. Options also to visit a coffee plantation, a women's weaving co-operative, climb nearby Pacaya Volcano, visit the Jade Museum.

Day 3

Travel over to Lake Atitlan, a serene and beautiful lake in the highlands, Central America's deepest lake.

Day 4

Today enjoy a full-day boat trip across Lake Atitlan, visiting some of the shore-side communities and learning about their culture and traditions.

Day 5

Travel on through the Highlands, passing through many remote villages only lightly touched by the modern world, to the cloud forest area of Coban.

Day 6

Today you'll search for the Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala's national bird, and there's an opportunity to visit an Orchid Garden.

Day 7

Travel north to the Tikal National Park, visiting the Maya ruin of Ceibal on the way.

Day 8

Guided visit to Tikal, the mother of all Maya sites, whose magnificent temples dominate the lush rainforest.

Day 9

Cross the border into Belize's Cayo District.

Days 10-11

Options to explore Belize's Maya sites at Caracol or Xunantunich; go bird-watching; hiking; horse-riding; canoeing; mountain biking.

Day 12

Transfer to Belize City. En route enjoy some cave-tubing and zip-lining. Take a domestic flight to Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island.

Day 13

Snorkel or dive along the second longest Barrier Reef after the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 14

Day at leisure. Options for snorkelling, diving, fishing, manatee-spotting - or simply relax on the beach or by the pool.

Day 15

Domestic flight back to Belize City airport for your flight home.

The above sample holiday to Guatemala and Belize can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Central America offers a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Guatemala and Belize.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Central America Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample holiday to Guatemala and Belize are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Central America holiday.

Duration of your Central America Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen your holiday to Guatemala and Belize, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Central America holiday to Guatemala and Belize along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Central America.