Belize and Guatemala are wildly different travel destinations, and this vacation package promises many unforgettable experiences. This multi-country tour for friends or family offers a glimpse into not only the most of the representative Mayan cities in Guatemala, but also the Barrier Reef Reserve System in Belize, the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.
This is a perfect budget vacation package to enjoy and relax for 10 days. Discover the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, Flores Island, Tikal, Caye Caulker, volcanoes, jungles, and more!
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Antigua. Antigua Guatemala is truly a jewel of colonial and modern urban architecture, and it maintains all the characteristics of a magnificent colonial city stopped in time. Antigua is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango form a majestic background to this city.
In the morning, we will lead you through an exciting tour of a coffee farm. This will be followed by a lovely hike through coffee fields, learning to process and roast your favorite beverage, and finally, making your own fresh cup of coffee! Then, a private guide will take you back in time to get to know the beautiful colonial city of Antigua. It’s churches, ruins, cobblestone streets, and the city’s famous cathedral will make you feel like you are in another era. After your morning adventures, a vehicle will transfer you to Panajachel, where you will take a boat transfer across the lake to your hotel located in a small town bordering Lake Atitlan.
On this day, you will take a boat tour to explore Lake Atitlán and the indigenous towns located along its shores. These towns are especially attractive for their colorful streets and crafts, but also for their breathtaking views. Three volcanoes and rolling mountains paint an unforgettable landscape of Lake Atitlán, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world!
Today the largest market in Central America takes place: The Chichicastenango market. Every Thursday and Sunday, the streets of Chichicastenango are filled with color and variety. This traditional market offers the largest variety of Guatemalan handmade goods, sold directly from the hands of its producer, from crafts to medicinal plants or even chickens! After a tour of the market, private transportation will take you to the Guatemala City airport for your domestic flight to Flores Island in Petén, one of the most visited places in Guatemala for its Mayan history.
A private car will pick you up from the hotel in the morning and take you to Tikal National Park. The ruins at Tikal are known for the numerous structures that are still standing strong, a quality that visitors to the Plaza of the Seven Temples will truly appreciate. This high degree of preservation is a credit to the builders of Tikal. The tree-covered temples and palaces so frequently encountered at Tikal have been preserved this way for almost a millennium. After Tikal, you may choose to return to Flores Island, or you may visit the National Park Ixpanpajul. In this park, there are several activities to enjoy such as horseback riding or a canopy tour.
Today’s tour will take you to Yaxha, the third largest known Mayan city in the lowlands of Guatemala. Located to the north of the Yaxha lagoon, it contains more than 500 structures at its center. With 40 steles, 13 altars, 9 temples, and 2 Mesoamerican ball courts, you’ll have more than enough to explore and enjoy in your way to San Ignacio, Belize.
In San Ignacio, we offer the option for you to tour the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM). After a short hike to the entrance of the cave, you will then swim to the other side before continuing the hike. Once across, you will see several Mayan treasures and the bones of those who were once sacrificed in a ceremony by the Mayans. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Belize City, from where you will take a water taxi to relax at your hotel and explore the island of Caye Caulker in the evening.
Today you will take a sailing and snorkeling tour. This tour includes three different stops: the Hol Chan Channel, Shark and Ray Alley, and the Coral Gardens, a wonderful opportunity to see waving corals, brightly colored tropical fish, and aquatic plants. These all lie along the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. You will have the opportunity to look for over 350 species of fish in the clear blue tropical waters!
This four-mile-long island offers great locations for snorkeling and diving trips. If you have a diving certification, you will be able to rent complete diving equipment and a guide to venture into Belize’s best deep-sea diving. Also available on the island are visits to Mayan ruins, cave tours, bird watching, and sailing.
A water taxi will take you to the shore to be transferred to the international airport where your flight departs out of Belize City. Today marks the final day of your trip, but it doesn’t have to end just yet! Perhaps you would like to try Spanish language lessons or to continue north to explore the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Contact one of our knowledgeable agents to begin customizing your tour package today!