Essence of Central America: Guatemala & Belize Vacation Tour

Essence of Central America: Guatemala & Belize Vacation Tour

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Countries Visited

Belize, Guatemala

Places Visited

Antigua, Comalapa, Iximche, Lake Atitlan...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Enter secluded caves hidden in the jungle brush to discover cathedral-shaped galleries. Witness the smoldering cones of volcanoes that surround colonial cities and secluded villages. Your tour around the highlights of Guatemala and Belize capture the essence of Central America and unveil the mysterious Mayan traditions along the limestone walls and on the sides of subterranean riverbanks. Pastel painted colonial buildings frame cobblestone streets and support active local markets. Your tour is...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover impressive Mayan ruins across the jungle-clad landscape of the Highlands and Lowlands of Guatemala and Belize, including famous Tikal
  • Trek through the depths of a great cave network in the Belizean jungle to find underwater rivers utilized by the Maya and home to untouched remnants
  • Traverse the azure waters of the highland lake at Atitlan to visit the surrounding villages located on the lakeshores
  • Experience the vibrant bustle of the market at Chichicastenango where Guatemalans from across the country go to buy, sell, and trade
  • Stroll through the colonial streets of Antigua on a guided tour to find the hidden charms of the captivatingly preserved city
  • Follow the jungle trails to emerald pools and staggering cascades near the ancient city of Caracol
  • Visit a women’s textile cooperative that passes down the treasured tradition of weaving and dying garments 

Detailed Description

The jungle of Central America crosses the shared border of Guatemala and Belize. Mayan cities rise above the lush trees as natural caves meander through limestone mountains. Volcanic peaks create impressive skylines the surround Spanish colonial cities. Your 10-day tour will introduce you to the highlights of Guatemala and Belize to demonstrate the deep roots of the historical cultures and the marvels of the undulating landscape. The adventure begins with your arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City as your private transfer escorts you to the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua. Next day, your guide leads you on a private tour of the cities historical architecture and the marks of earthquakes past.

The afternoon is yours to explore the city and its surroundings at your leisure. Cycle to surrounding hillside towns or trek the volcanic trails to the summits that overlook the city. Make your way to the charms of San Juan de Comalapa to explore the vibrant, but less visited, weekly market. Continue to the ancient Mayan city of Iximche for your first impression of the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archeological site. In the late afternoon, travel to the secluded shores of Panajachel at Lake Atitlan. Traverse the breadth of the lake and visit San Juan La Laguna and the village of Santiago.

The spiritual and cultural connection to the Mayans is prevalent in the highlands. Visit the brimming market of Chichicastenango before your flight to Flores, located near the eastern border of Guatemala. Wake up early for a sunrise tour of Tikal to take in the panorama of colors that shine over the pyramid roof combs. After your tour, your private transfer will escort you to the Guatemala-Belize border. Cross the border and continue to the comforts of your luxury jungle lodge.

Spend the next day relaxing on resort property or venture out into the trees to explore the vibrancy of the landscape. Float down the lazy waters of the Macal River that wind along the property, or explore the ancient Mayan site of Cahal Pech. Next day, visit the ruins of Caracol and take a refreshing dip in the natural pool near Rio Frio Cave. Continue on your adventures with a deep meander into the cave network at Actun Tunichil Muknal, home to Mayan mystique and subterranean rivers. Conclude your trip as your private transfer escorts you to the San Ignacio airstrip for your flight to Belize City.  Connect there for your international departure home. 

Starting Price

$4,545 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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