Spend 8 days exploring the incredible Guatemala. From the cobbled streets and fabled churches of Antigua, climb an active volcano with incredible vies over the impossible beautiful Lake Atitlan. Kayak over the lakes calm waters and zip-line though the forested shores before meeting some of the people that are keeping ancient traditions alive in the lakeside town of San Juan de la Laguna. Experience colours, sounds and smells of one of Latin Americas most important indigenous markets at Chichicastenango before heading north to enter the Peten jungle, uncovering the secrets of the Ancient Mayan world of Tikal National Park.
After this epic trip though Guatemala it is time to hope over the border to relax and unwind on Belize’s barrier reef, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Here you can snorkel amongst coral reefs and alongside the sharks, turtles and multicoloured fish that call this amazing stretch of coastline home.
Day 1:You will be met on arrival into La Aurora International Airport by your guide who will drive with you to the city of Antigua.
Day 2: After breakfast, it is time for your journey to the ruins and museums of the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala that combined with the cobbled streets and monasteries keep the stories and legends of those colonial times. In the afternoon, head to La Azotea Farm where you can see the famous Guatemalan coffee plants in their different stages of growth. Here you will also find the coffee museum and museum of Mayan music that includes a collection of Mayan Musical instruments, artifacts, costumes and naif paintings. (B)
Day 3:The colourful market of Chichicastenango is one of the most important native markets of Latin America, where every Thursday and Sunday the Maya quiche people celebrate the ancient, indigenous commercial process in a mixture of flower scents and incense turning this visit into much more than a simple market After exploring continue on to the impossibly beautiful lake Atitlan(B)
Day 4:An incredibly scenic boat ride to the village of San Juan La Laguna where you will experience the different ways this community are keeping their traditions alive, including a women’s textile cooperative showing hand weaving and the natural dye process, the studios/homes of the celebrated naïf painters and finally to the shrine of the Maya God Maximon where you will learn about the beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Finishing off the day with a further boat ride back across the lake to your hotel.(B)
Day 5: San Pedro Volcano has, hands down, the best view of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding volcanoes. The hike is a challenging 4,500 ft of elevation gain (1,400 meters aprox.) and takes about 5 hours round trip. The trail is steep with rest stations but the reward at the top is totally worth the effort. Apart form epic vies of Lake Atitlan you will be greeted by Toliman and Atitlan volcanoes and on a clear day both Acatenango and Fuego as well. (B)
Day 6: Having experienced the lake from the top of a volcano its time to experience it from the water as you take a kayak out onto the calm waters with a specialist guide. In the afternoon you will head into the forest reserves covering the shores of the lake where you will undertake a zipl-line adventure against the backdrop of this stunning place. (B)
Day 8: Experience the wonders of Tikal. This is a magical archaeological site located inside the Mayan biosphere, and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Destination in 1979. Here you will find a place where nature and archaeology live side by side. You will see abundant wildlife and the Mayan forest surrounding every corner of Tikal and its temples, silent witnesses of the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations on the planet. (B)
Day 9: An early flight will take you to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Belize’s reef islands are a place where incredible underwater life meets white sands and a culture so laid back it's almost horizontal. (B)
Day 10 - 13:These days are free for you to enjoy the Caribbean. We suggest mixing some serious relaxation time with any number of snorkel, diving or boat trips to enjoy the reef in different ways.
Day 14: It is time to say goodbye to this amazing part of the world as you are transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home (B)
Prices from: £2400 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, internal flights, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: International flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit: November - April
The Highlands: Nov - Apr sunny and dry with cooler nights. May - Oct can rain but only some showers each day.
The Lowlands: The lowlands around Tikal are usually hot all year round, with humidity increasing from May -Nov