Guatemala & Belize: Mayan Treasures & Coral Reefs12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
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Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Cayo District & Ambergris Caye
Discover Guatemala and Belize on this Central America journey. In Guatemala, discover the colonial wonders of the city of Antigua, learn about the art of coffee making, explore the indigenous communities around beautiful Lake Atitlan and visit the Maya ruins of Tikal.
Cross the border into Belize and continue your journey along la ruta Maya at the sites of Xunantunich and Caracol before relaxing on a blissful beach near the world's second largest coral reef.
Day 1Arrive Guatemala City / Antigua
Upon arrival, transfer to the colonial city of Antigua, once the Spanish capital of North America.
After checking in, you have the rest of the day at leisure.Elite: Meson Panza Verde
Preferred: El Convento - 1 Night
Day 2To Lake Atitlan
Depart Antigua this morning en route to the town of Comalapa, which has developed a reputation as a center for artists. The pretty little town was the home of Andres Curruchiche who founded a school of painting that focused on portraying the traditional costumes and lifestyle of the indigenous communities of Guatemala. Comalapa is also the site of a wonderful market where craftspeople from all over the region sell their handmade wares. After browsing through the market, enjoy lunch, before continuing to the shores of Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.Elite: Casa Palopo
Preferred: Laguna Lodge - 2 Nights (B)
Day 3Lake Atitlan
After breakfast, board a boat and embark on a voyage across the lake to the village of Santiago to learn about the spiritual beliefs of the Tz'utujil people who in pre-Columbian times were part of the Maya Empire.Elite: Casa Palopo
Preferred: Laguna Lodge (B)
Day 4To Antigua
After a relaxing morning, return to Antigua and check in to your hotel.
This afternoon, you can stroll around this gracious colonial city on your own.Elite: Meson Panza Verde
Preferred: El Convento - 2 Nights (B)
Head out into the country to visit one of the nearby coffee plantations. Stroll the rows of coffee trees, admire the rural landscapes, and talk with some of the farmers who grow one of Guatemala's most important crops. Then, join your hosts and immerse yourself in the process of roasting, grinding and preparing your own cup of coffee.Elite: Meson Panza Verde
Preferred: El Convento (B)
Day 6To Tikal
From Guatemala City, fly to Flores, your base for exploring the ruins of the great Maya city of Tikal. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins of Tikal include more than 3,000 moss-draped temples, houses and plazas.
After your guided tour, enjoy the evening at leisure.Elite: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Preferred: La Lancha Resort - 1 Night
Day 7To Belize
Cross the border to Belize and visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, which served as a ceremonial city in the Late Maya period. The highlight is certainly El Castillo, a massive pyramid temple begun in 800 AD. After your visit, continue to your jungle lodge.Elite: Blancaneaux Lodge
Preferred: Chaa Creek - 2 Nights (B)
This morning, traverse the Mountain Pine Ridge Park, an incredible scenic area of jagged forested peaks, rolling hills, and steep gorges. Marvel at waterfalls, wild rivers and towering pines soaring up toward the sky. Nearby lies the largest Maya site in Belize, the once-great city of Caracol, which covered an area larger than present-day Belize and was home to more than twice the current capital's population.Elite: Blancaneaux Lodge
Preferred: Chaa Creek (B)
Day 9To Ambergris Caye
Travel to Belize City for your flight to the lovely offshore paradise of Ambergris Caye.Elite: Las Terrazas
Preferred: Victoria House - 3 Nights (B)
Day 10 - 11Ambergris Caye
During your days on Ambergris Caye, your time is your own. Relax on the beach; visit the luxurious spa or go windsurfing, snorkeling, diving or fishing.Elite: Las Terrazas
Preferred: Victoria House (B)
Day 12Depart Belize
Return to Belize to catch your onward flight.(B)