Explore the history, mystery and the splendors of Guatemala and Belize on this custom vacation. Temples made of limestone rise hundreds of feet into the sky as caves sink hundreds of feet into the Caribbean Sea. The marvels of Guatemala and Belize encompass historical manmade sites and the natural splendor of Mother Nature. Animated fish swim against the backdrop of coral in a stunning sea garden; hand-woven tunics match the hues of the barrier reef and resemble the wildflowers that grow around...
Antigua – Arrive in the Magnificent Colonial City of Antigua in Guatemala
Antigua is a city of history and compelling beauty. Once the capital of Guatemala, until a devastating earthquake left its indelible mark in the 1700s, the well-preserved buildings carry centuries-old scars in forms of dilapidated columns and fractured ceilings that contrast with the lavish constructions of Spanish wealth. Your flight lands at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and as you descend you notice the natural beauty of the surrounding volcanic peaks that enclose the cityscape. The skyscrapers in the heart of the city rise to meet the summits of the surrounding peaks but fail to reach the height of the natural, towering mountains.
Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim to escort you to the colonial streets outside of Guatemala City. The car winds through the hills on the scenic drive as lush trees climb the hillside. Tiny local restaurants built on outcrops offer a panorama of the city below, framed by the undulating landscape on the horizon. The cobblestone streets of Antigua welcome you as pastel painted buildings line the road, topped with tiled roofs. Hidden courtyards provide open spaces to the former mansions and current businesses and vines streak across the walls.
Fountains trickle into stone pools and in the summer, the breeze blows across the water and with refreshing mist that carries through the halls. After settling into your hotel, make your way to the Chocolate Museum located on Calle del Arco, near the Arc of Santa Catalina. The aroma of rich chocolate fills the entrance, and your instructor will offer you a taste of tea, coffee, and cocoa nibs. Your introduction to the city comes by way of a chocolate lesson, as you learn the process of cultivation, fermentation, drying, and even roasting the beans before consumption. Your instructor teaches you the proper way to grind the nibs and mix in the grounds to prepare the decadent hot chocolate.
Antigua – Enjoy a Private Tour of the City and Surrounding Towns
Lake Atitlan – See the Market at Chichicastenango and Settle in Panajachel
Antigua – Explore the Far Reaches of Lake Atitlan on a Boat Tour
Flores – Fly from Guatemala City to Tour the Enthralling Mayan City of Tikal
San Pedro – Fly to Ambergris Caye and Enjoy the Day at your Leisure
San Pedro – Discover the Vibrant Marine Life on a Half-Day Snorkel Tour
San Pedro – Relax in the Island Ambiance of Ambergris Caye at your Leisure
San Pedro – Depart for Home
- Witness the power of the Mayan in the remains of the large city of Tikal, home to stunning palace grounds and triumphant temple-pyramids
- Swim with sharks off the coast of Ambergris Caye in Belize and explore the second biggest barrier reef in the world
- Traverse the shores of a secluded lake in the Guatemalan Highlands for an introduction into the traditional culture reminiscent of Mayan life
- Discover the spirited market of Chichicastenango, where people from around Guatemala venture to buy, sell, and trade
- Explore the charming colonial streets of Antigua to see remnants of the Spanish influence on the country
- Explore the natural wonder of the Great Blue Hole off the Belize coast where a collapsed cave gives clues to ancient cultures and subaquatic life
- Indulge in a chocolate demonstration to learn about the history of the bean in Central America, along with its cultivation and production
Guatemala and Belize share a border and their roots in the Mayan heritage, but your 9-day tour highlights both the countries’ joyous similarities and remarkable differences. Climb to the top of a Mayan temple to see the jungle above the treetops; dive to seafloor surrounded by undulating coral branches that hide colorful fish. Embrace island life and experience the evolution of Mayan culture set around a secluded freshwater lake. Every moment brings a new adventure, and every adventure immerses you deeper into the impressive landscape, heritage, and history of Guatemala and Belize.
The journey begins with your arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Your private transfer will escort you from the nation’s current capital to the former, Antigua. Your introduction to Guatemala comes in the form of chocolate as you enjoy a chocolate demonstration and learn how to make an enticing cup from scratch. Next day, your guide will lead you on an informative tour of the beautiful colonial city. Visit a jade museum and venture outside of Antigua to see historical towns nearly forgotten by time. Travel next to the small town of Chichicastenango to experience the bustling marketplace.
Tour the city’s art and white-walled architecture before you continue to the lakeside town of Panajachel at Lake Atitlan. Your guide will take you on a boat tour to visit the secluded villages around the water, including the captivating town of Santiago. In the late afternoon, return to Antigua as the next morning brings you back to La Aurora Airport for your flight to Mundo Maya International Airport in Petén. Spend the day on the stunning grounds of Tikal on a guided tour of the famous Mayan city before departing to Mundo Maya International Airport to Belize City in Belize to meet your connecting flight to San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye.
Your private transfer will escort you to a luxurious resort where you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing on your private balcony. Visit a restaurant specializing in Belizean cuisine for dinner. Dive into the Caribbean on day seven to witness the spectacular underwater world of the Great Belize Barrier Reef. Relish the freedom of leisure and experience the Ambergris Caye and its surroundings, as you desire. Visit nearby islands on a catamaran tour or spend the day exploring the sunken cave at the Great Blue Hole. As your trip concludes, your private transfer will escort you to the airport in San Pedro Town to begin your journey home.
$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)
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