Guatemala & Belize: Mayan Treasures & Coral Reefs12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
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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)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Guatemala & Belize: Mayan Treasures & Coral Reefs
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