This customized vacation tour shows you the best of Belize and Guatemala in seven days. You will discover that the Mayan civilization did not disappear but rather scattered across the panorama, taking you from the beaches of Belize to the highlands of Guatemala, following in the footsteps of a heritage that stirred mystique, archeological brilliance, and artistic imagination. Mayan history is alluring, and the culture remains strong along the landscape of Central America. The jungle opens up to...
San Ignacio – Arrive at your Lush Jungle Lodge
Your flight descends into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Look out the window and see where the Caribbean Sea touches the jungle. Board your connecting flight, and continue deep into Belize’s west, an area of the country lush with tropical trees and vivacious wildlife. Your plane lands at San Ignacio Airport, a small municipality named for its proximity to San Ignacio. The city is home to Belize’s only suspension bridge, connecting the town village of Santa Elena located on the eastern bank of the Macal River.
A small museum next to the Town Hall exhibits images of the region’s history and vibrant culture, along with providing a space for artists to display their work and musicians to play long into the night. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at the airport and escorts you along the pebble-paved road to your secluded and luxurious jungle lodge. The concierge will greet you in the lobby and offer cold juice made from berries picked from the hotel’s organic farm. Press a cool peppermint towel to your neck and face and the aroma, along with the temperature, is refreshing. The trickling sound of the infinity pool blends with the movement of the nearby river.
San Ignacio – Explore the Waters and Caves at Nohoch Chen Archaeological Park
San Ignacio – Full Day Snorkel Tour along the Great Belize Barrier Reef
Tikal – Transfer to Tikal in Guatemala and Discover the Mayan Ruins
Antigua – Fly from Flores to Guatemala City and Settle in Colonial Antigua
Lake Atitlan – Relish the Scenic Drive and Tranquil Region of Lake Atitlan
Antigua – Visit the Villages around the Lake to see Mayan Culture
- Discover the unforgettable, powerful, prestigious, and inspiring Mayan structures in the great city of Tikal
- Dive into crystal clear water and witness the spectacular marine life of the Great Belize Barrier Reef
- Drift down a subterranean emerald river coursing through caves and highlighting regional Mayan culture
- Explore the tranquil villages along the blissful shores of Lake Atitlan, an isolated region in the Guatemalan highlands
- Visit a chocolate museum and relish a demonstration on how to make sweet and savory dishes using the popular ingredient
- Visit a women’s cooperative around Lake Atitlan to learn about the Mayan tradition and how the community works to save their heritage
- Indulge in comfort and luxury throughout your trip with accommodations focused on providing the best experience possible
- Learn the secrets of Guatemalan cuisine during a private cooking lesson fusing traditional flavor with modern techniques
Belize is more than beaches, and Guatemala is more than its largest city. Your 8-day vacation tour immerses you in the Mayan world, and the natural wonders are brimming from the countries’ borders. Emperors coveted shells from the ocean floor; pyramids struck visitors with a sense of awe, limestone hills provided fertile grounds for farming. Step along the Mayan trail with your arrival in Belize City and board your connecting flight to San Ignacio Airport. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your luxurious resort situated in the lush jungle hills. Next day, venture into Nohoch Chen National Park for a day of inner tubing down a cool river, weaving through caves.
Mayan shamans once used these caves for ceremonies and left behind trinkets buried in the sandy outlets. Make your way to South Water Caye along the Great Belize Barrier Reef to search for celebrated marine life along the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere. Your private transfer then escorts you to the Belize-Guatemala border. After you cross the border, continue by private transfer to the magnificent grounds of Tikal. Relish the majestic scenery and inspiring pyramids of the ancient civilization that once ruled the region, then fly from Flores to Guatemala City.
You have time to visit one of the celebrated museums of Guatemala’s capital, including the Museo Popol Vuh, which celebrates Pre-Columbian history, before continuing to the colonial city of Antigua. Stroll along the charming cobblestone streets and immerse yourself in the elegant ambiance of the European style buildings. Wake up early to travel by mountain roads to Lake Atitlan. Various villages along the shores are only accessible by boat. Settle into your remarkable hotel overlooking the water before you visit the town of Santa Cruz.
Enjoy your private cooking instruction at a delightful café known for blending traditional Mayan cuisine with contemporary methods. Spend the day discovering the treasures of Lake Atitlan by boat, jumping from village to village for an exclusive tour of the local culture. A Mayan city outside of Atitlan continues to highlight the brilliance of archeology and design as you return to Antigua in the evening to enjoy one of the many rooftop restaurants. Next day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City for your flight home.
$3,180 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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