Tropical Paradise: Belize and Guatemala

Discover Belize and Guatemala: Our Suggested 12-Day Itinerary

Length of stay: 12 days

Kind: Luxury Tours

Fix: For all public

Countries visited: Belize, Guatemala

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Day 1 : Belize City

Pick up at Belize International Airport and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at The Great House Inn.

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Day 2 : Lamanai

Excursion to Lamanai

Departure in small group towards Orange Walk in the north of the country. Take the fast boat, which leaves on the New River in direction of the archaeological site of Lamanai. Observe spider monkeys, crocodiles, as well as a great variety of birds on the banks of the river. Lunch included on the site.

On site, departure for a guided tour of the pre-Hispanic city whose name means “crocodile under water” in the Mayan language. Discover the temples of the jaguar, masks, and a field where a ball game was played. The faces carved on the pyramids are impressive!  Return to Belize City at the end of the day. Overnight stay at The Great House Inn.

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Day 3 : Belize Zoo

From the Caribbean to the jungle:

Transfer from Belize City to San Ignacio. San Ignacio is the ideal place to discover the interior of Belize. The area is rich in archaeological sites, crystal clear rivers, caves and caverns. It is also famous for wildlife viewing, including birds such as the toucan, iguanas and howler monkeys. If you are lucky, you may spot the tracks of a jaguar or a tapir.

On the way, visit the Belize Zoo. It is more of an animal sanctuary than a zoo. All the animals in the park have been saved, donated or rescued from illegal trade. Tapirs, monkeys, toucans, jaguars and boa constrictors can be seen. Many of the animals live in semi-freedom.

At the end of the day, enjoy free time in the small colored city at the edge of the Macal river. Night at the Midas Resort. Superior Cottage Room.

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Day 4 : ATM Caves

The Actun Tunichil Muknal Adventure (The “ATM” Caves)

The interior of Belize and the north of Guatemala are made up of limestone rocks that are full of caves and underground networks. The Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (known as the ATM Caves), are a perfect example. This is one of the most exciting excursions that Belize has to offer!

After an hour and a half drive from your lodge, you’ll leave for a 45 minute walk in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve. Once at the entrance of the cave, you’ll take short swim to reach the interior (the water can reach 3 to 4 meters deep).

Three hours will be dedicated to explore the impressive underground network. The reward is huge: discover several skeletons and Mayan artifacts. One of the skeletons – from a human sacrifice from the Late Classic Maya period – has crystallized in a unique natural process. Night at the Midas Resort. Superior Cottage Room.

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Day 5 : San Ignacio

Transfer from your hotel to Melchor de Mencos, the border crossing with Guatemala (15mn). Welcome and pick up at the Belize – Guatemala border. Drive to Flores, in the heart of the Petén. Boat trip on the Peten Itza lake:

At the end of the day meet with a local lanchero in Flores and departure for a boat tour on the Peten Itza lake (2h). First head to the association ARCAS, which works for the protection of the region’s wildlife. Observe monkeys and felines. Continue on to the Mirador of Rey Canek to appreciate a beautify panoramic view point looking over Flores.

Return to Flores to enjoy the sunset over the lake. Night at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium room.

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Day 6 : Flores

Tikal: Jewel of the Mayan world

Day dedicated to the exploration of the impressive city of Tikal built in the 4th century BC. The city reached it’s height of power between the 3rd and the 9th century of our era.

Some 3,000 structures rise from the rain forest in a mystical atmosphere. The temple of The Great Jaguar faces the Temple of the Masks on the great square, the heart center of the city. At 65 meters high, the Snake Temple was the highest building in the new world until the 19th century.

Nature is not to be outdone, engulfing the traveler who enters the reserve. Watch for spider monkeys, pheasants, coatis, toucans and other multicolored parrots. The cries of howler monkeys can be heard for miles around. Smells of lianas and roots surprise the traveler.

In 2017, new research techniques discovered uncovered temples still buried in the jungle. Tikal has not yet finished revealing all its mysteries…

Transfer to Flores located on a peninsula of Lake Peten Itza. Option included: local English speaking guide in Tikal. Option included: Entrance to Tikal. Night at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium room.

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Day 7 : Yaxha

Departure for Yaxha, meaning “green water” in the Mayan language. The city is located on the shores of Lake Yaxha, which was used to supply the Mayan population with fresh water. Walk on the marked paths of this large and little frequented site. Don’t miss the view of the lake from the Temple de las Manos Rojas!

Transfer to Melchor de Mencos at the border with Belize. Welcome and pick up at Belize. Transfer to the nearby town of San Ignacio. Overnight stay at the Midas Resort. Superior Cottage Room.

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Day 8 : San Ignacio

Hike to Big Rock Falls with picnic lunch and group tour.

Overnight at Midas Resort. Superior Cottage Room.

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Day 9 : Belize City

From the jungle to the Caribbean:

Transfer from your hotel to the cab boat station in Belize City. Cab boat from Belize City to Caye Caulker (28 USD round trip to be paid locally).

Arrival on the small island of Caye Caulker and take in the relaxed atmosphere. Check in at your hotel. Night at the Tropical Paradise Hotel.

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Day 10 : Caye Caulker

Free day to explore the paradise island of Caye Caulker.

The small island of 8 kilometers long is located on the coral reef, making it the ideal destination for snorkeling and diving lovers. Here, there are no tall buildings. The shimmering colors of the houses match the Jamaican hats of the street vendors. The motto of the island “Go Slow” sums up the state of mind that reigns here. Night at the Tropical Paradise Hotel.

Free day to explore the paradise island of Caye Caulker.

The small island of 8 kilometers long is located on the coral reef, making it the ideal destination for snorkeling and diving lovers. Here, there are no tall buildings. The shimmering colors of the houses match the Jamaican hats of the street vendors. The motto of the island “Go Slow” sums up the state of mind that reigns here. Night at the Tropical Paradise Hotel.

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Day 11 : Caye Caulker

Free day to explore the paradise island of Caye Caulker.

The small island of 8 kilometers long is located on the coral reef, making it the ideal destination for snorkeling and diving lovers. Here, there are no tall buildings. The shimmering colors of the houses match the Jamaican hats of the street vendors. The motto of the island “Go Slow” sums up the state of mind that reigns here. Night at the Tropical Paradise Hotel.

Free day to explore the paradise island of Caye Caulker.

The small island of 8 kilometers long is located on the coral reef, making it the ideal destination for snorkeling and diving lovers. Here, there are no tall buildings. The shimmering colors of the houses match the Jamaican hats of the street vendors. The motto of the island “Go Slow” sums up the state of mind that reigns here. Night at the Tropical Paradise Hotel.

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Day 12 : Belize City

Private transfer to Belize International Airport.

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