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...
Antigua – Arrive Guatemala City and Transfer to Colonial City of Antigua
Your flight lands at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Volcanic peaks wrap around the outskirts of the city and add lush summits to the skyline. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim to escorts you out of the airport, and into the city. The capital of Guatemala is filled with museums and graceful outdoor malls where families stroll along the colonial-inspired walkways. The Museum Popol Vuh leads the world in its collection of Mayan art, along with its inspiring exhibits on colonial art. Masks, pottery, gems, tools, and sculptures decorate the galleries providing insight into the captivating culture of the Maya and the life in Central America once the Spanish arrived.
Continue into the hills on the edges of the city as small restaurants with exposed wooden frames provide panoramas of the urban sprawl. Lush trees climb the hillsides to contrast with the endless buildings of the capital. Once in Antigua, you will find a relaxed city that moves to a beat different than that of the capital. Pastel homes with tile roofs line cobblestone streets. Restaurants and cafes have hidden courtyards filled with draping vines and fluttering butterflies. Arrive at your luxurious hotel and settle into the comforts amidst rich history.
Antigua – Tour the Vibrant Cobbled Streets and Colonial Architecture
Lake Atitlan – Visit the Marketplace and Tour the Mayan Site of Iximche
Lake Atitlan – Traverse Azure Waters and the Outlying Villages of Atitlan
Flores – Discover the Town of Chichicastenango Before you Fly to Flores
San Ignacio – Enjoy a Sunrise Tour of Tikal and Cross the Border to Belize
San Ignacio – Relish a Relaxing Day in your Jungle Resort at your Leisure
San Ignacio – Explore the Ruins of Caracol and Visit the Rio Frio Cave
San Ignacio – Adventure into the Earth at Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
San Ignacio – Depart for Home
- 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
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.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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