Belize & Tikal Adventure
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A fantastic mix of culture, ruins and beaches, this adventure takes you on an exciting journey following in the footsteps of Mayan warriors. Exploring the rich heritage of Belize and Guatemala, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and relax in equal measure, spending time canoeing through the jungle, snorkelling in the azure waters and wandering through Mayan ruins, before heading to the beach for some rest and relaxation. This is a unique trip with amazing experiences along the way. (GCL)
- Guided canoeing and camping trip along the Belize River for three days
- Visit the jungle-set ruins of the lost city of Tikal
- Experience a lesser-visited part of Belize with a trip to Hopkins
- Catch a boat to Caye Caulker and enjoy a few days relaxation, plus snorkelling and sailing
Arrive into Belize City and transfer to your hotel, before enjoying Belize City at leisure. Belize has long been a relatively unknown destination, but it is rising in popularity and much of this is due to the amazing marine life, jungle landscapes and ancient Mayan ruins which make it a fascinating place to explore.
Leave Belize City after breakfast and cross the border into Guatemala – the change in culture is immediately obvious, with Guatemala having heavy Mayan and Spanish influences. You’ll visit the lost city of Tikal, situated deep in the rainforest, where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the Mayan ruins. On the way back, you may wish to visit the lakeside town of El Remate for some lunch, a quick swim or simply to relax. Flores is a small island town with cobblestone streets and brightly painted houses. The real draw for tourists is Lake Peten-Itza which is a large lake that has a small zoo and nature preserve.
Return to Belize and the town of San Ignacio where you’ll have the option to enjoy a choice of activities, including exploring the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, visiting the butterfly gardens or going canoeing through the limestone caves. Day trips can be arranged to Xunantunich as well, which is an impressive Mayan ceremonial centre offering views of the Cayo District and breath-taking countryside.
Belize River/San Ignacio
Today sees you take a slow ride down the Belize River in a canoe. Your local guide will teach you about the flora and fauna which live here, as well as the history of the area. You’ll spend at least half of each day canoeing, with the rest spent enjoying the scenery and taking a swim in the river. You’ll be camping for the nights that you’ll be on the river, sleeping in tents along the river banks.
(One breakfast, two lunches and two dinners included)
Today will be spent relaxing after your camping adventure, with a return to San Ignacio for one more night.
Hopkins remains relatively unknown in terms of travel, so it’s your chance to experience a part of Belize that hasn’t been touched by the tourist trail. Known for Garifuna artists and eclectic festivals throughout the year, many see Hopkins as the cultural centre of the Garifuna population in Belize. It’s a great base for day trips to the neighbouring cayes, where you can go snorkelling or diving. Make the most of the town by chatting to the friendly locals, hopping on a bike and cycling through the streets, and seeking out some live music in the town.
Caye Caulker is one of Belize’s most famous islands for its breath-taking scenery and paradise feel. The laid-back vibe is infectious and you’ll have no trouble relaxing! Enjoy full or half day sailing and snorkelling trips to the reef, keeping a lookout for manatees. The barrier reef is incredibly vase, second only to Australia’s, so you’ll be treated to myriad tropical fish, Manta Rays, sharks and barracudas. You may wish to take part in a sunset sailing trip or simply enjoy the tranquility and rest before you leave this beautiful location.
(One lunch included)
Depart today from Caye Caulker.
- International flights
- Internal travel: public bus; private van; canoe; water taxi; walking
- Hotels/bungalows (12 nights); camping (2 nights)
- 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow USD290-390 for meals not included)
- Tikal guided tour; Jungle canoe trip (3-day, fully guided); Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Barrier Reef snorkelling trip (full-day); Caye Caulker stay
- Tourist guide throughout, in addition to local guides
- Small group experience; Maximum 15 people, Average 12