Discover natural wonders and experience the dreamlike qualities of your customized vacation in Guatemala and Belize. The beauty of Guatemala and Belize is limitless, immersing you in images of picture-perfect beaches and captivating volcanic peaks. Steam rises from the heated lunar landscape of the mountainside; parrotfish add a rainbow of color to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Pastel painted buildings frame the antique cobblestone streets of a preserved Spanish colonial...
Antigua – Arrive in the Colonial City of Antigua
Verdant mountains surround Guatemala City, encircling the urban streets with rolling peaks draped in jungle trees. Your flight descends into La Aurora International Airport, and you can see the towering mountaintops, which are active volcanoes. Skyscrapers rise to meet the natural towering slopes along the sides of the city in impressive fashion. The Museo Ixchel, named for the Mayan Moon Goddess, displays photographs and impressive exhibits of indigenous costumes, along with the richness of traditional arts form the towns along the highlands. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and welcomes you to Guatemala.
Pass through the heart of the city and venture along the switchback roads of the foothills; small restaurants and shops positioned on natural outcroppings overlook the cityscape. Your private transfer takes you to Antigua, a vibrant city brimming with colonial relics as you travel along old cobblestone roads between colorfully painted buildings with tile roofs. More volcanoes outline the edges of the city, separating the dynamic, colorful culture from the coffee plantations and indigenous communities of the upper-mountains. Enjoy an introductory stroll along the historic streets and visit the Choco Museo, located near the central square. Travel through time and flavor with a summary of chocolate in the Americas, followed by a tasting of the variety of treats on display and on offer, from chocolate coffee to chocolate tea, and even a workshop on how to make the enticing delicacy.
Antigua – Enjoy a Half-Day Tour of the Preserved Colonial City
Flores – Full Day Trek along the Trails of Pacaya Volcano
Flores – Venture into the Jungle to Tour the Mayan City of Tikal
San Pedro – Fly to Belize City and Continue to Ambergris Caye
San Pedro – Delight in a Half-Day Snorkeling Tour along the Barrier Reef
San Pedro – Visit the Island of Caye Caulker to Explore the Mangrove Forest
San Pedro – Relish a Day at Leisure on Ambergris Caye to Enjoy Island Life
San Pedro – Depart for Home
- Witness the awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent style of the famous Mayan city of Tikal
- Dive into the stunning crystal-clear turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea to snorkel amongst the second largest Barrier Reef in the world located in Belize
- Trek to the top of an active volcano and feel the heat from the magma rising out of the ground as you roast marshmallows over the flowing lava
- Discover the hidden birdlife of Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a variety of rare birds and exceptional wildlife
- Float down the mangrove forest canals on Caye Caulker in search of the natural wildlife residing in the protected forest
- Stroll along the cobblestone streets of a Spanish colonial city founded in the 16th century
Guatemala and Belize are filled with surprises, sharing a similar heritage, yet distinct from one another in their culture and landscape. Your 9-day vacation takes you along the mesmerizing mountains and fascinating cities of Guatemala, alongside the unforgettable adventures around the Caribbean Sea in Belize. Vacation begins with your arrival in Guatemala City, Guatemala as your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you into the mountains. Volcanic peaks surround the remarkable colonial city of Antigua as you relish a sweet taste of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum. The next day, your guide will lead you on a tour of the antique city, taking in the preserved buildings and historic ambiance.
In the afternoon, venture into the hills on a coffee tour or visit a nearby village to see the locals at work. Your guide takes you to the foothills of Pacaya Volcano so that you can trek to the summit and roast marshmallows over the flowing lava before you return to La Aurora International Airport for your flight to Flores, Guatemala. Spend the evening relaxing on the quiet avenues of the island in Lake Petén Itza, then wake up to travel deep into the jungle to visit the marvelous Mayan city of Tikal, exploring the plazas and distinct archeological zones in the afternoon.
At sunset, climb to the top of the tallest pyramid to take in the view before returning to Flores, where you will fly to Belize City to meet your transfer to the sensational island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to delight in the luxuries of your resort located on the beach. Discover the wealth of natural treasures in the Caribbean Sea with a half-day snorkel tour of the Barrier Reef, and then enjoy a catamaran to the charming island of Caye Caulker.
Relax in the small town and traverse the protected mangrove forest in search of wildlife, enjoying Belize however you please; soak up the sun on a lounge chair or stroll along the streets of San Pedro Town. Travel to the mainland to explore Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary or return to the water on an adventure in search of sea turtles and whale sharks. Conclude your adventure as your private transfer escorts you to San Pedro Airport for your flight to Belize City; once at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport board your flight home.
$4,090 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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