Belize & Tikal Adventure
14 nights from £1,899 per person - available 2018 & 2019
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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 - BHH)
- 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. You have the option to our this lake by boat and stop off for a swim along the way.
Return to Belize and the town of San Ignacio where you’ll have the options to enjoy a choice of activities, including exploring the Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, visiting the butterfly gardens, canoeing through the limestone caves or horseback riding. Day trips can be arranged to Xunantunich as well - an impressive Mayan ceremonial site with well-preserved palaces and temples, offering views of the Cayo District and breath-taking countryside. You can opt to go tubing downstream and swim in the natural pools whilst visiting the cool caves.
(One breakfast, two lunches and two dinners included)
Today sees you begin a 3-day guided canoe tour down the slow Belize River (no previous experience required). 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. There’s much wildlife to see, including river otters, iguanas, foxes and various bird species. You’ll be camping for the nights that you’ll be on the river, sleeping in tents along the river banks.
Day 9 will be spent relaxing after your camping adventure, with a return to San Ignacio for one more night to enjoy the comfort of a hotel after two nights camping.
(Three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners included)
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 caves, 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. If you fancy you can even take a drumming lesson whilst here and watch a performance.
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! Take a leisurely bike tour around the area to feel the island breeze in your hair and explore. Over the next couple of days you’ll enjoy a full day sailing and snorkelling trip to the barrier 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. With plenty of free time left you may wish to take part in a sunset sailing trip, go diving in the Blue Hole National Park, take a flight over the Blue Hole and coral reef or simply enjoy the tranquillity Belizean style and chill out in this beautiful location.
(One lunch included)
Depart today from Caye Caulker (located one hour by water taxi to Belize City or additional 30 mins to the airport. Ferries depart frequently – be sure to book your flight after 11:30am to allow time).
- International flights
- Internal travel: public bus; private van; canoe; water taxi; walking
- Hotels/bungalows (12 nights); camping (2 nights)
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow USD350-455 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 and Bike with Purpose Tour, Free time to explore Flores and Hopkins
- Tourist guide throughout, in addition to local guides
- Small group experience; Maximum 16 people, Average 12