Guatemala & Belize - Ruins and Reefs

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What we came up with

Guatemala has a rich colonial character and colourful indigenous communities, with cobbled streets and buzzing markets surrounded by beautiful highland scenery, whilst Belize's interior offers yet more adventure and its Caribbean coast is the ideal place to truly relax. These two pocket sized countries are tantalisingly close to one another, making the perfect combination for a luxury holiday.

— Will, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Antigua - 3 Days
    Antigua is surrounded by three towering volcanoes, and radiates with restaurants, craft markets, jade workshops and a multitude of classic, colonial architecture. A stay at the San Rafael Hotel is the ideal spot from which to explore the wondrous Santa Catalina arch of Fifth Avenue, as well as learning about the history of the Mayans and influential arrival of the Conquistadors. For the more adventurous, trekking up to the top of the Pacaya volcano will have truly remarkable views awaiting, and for a little energy boost, why not roast some marsh mallows over the flowing lava before the descent.

  • Tikal - 3 Days
    Reached by a short domestic flight from Guatemala City is the steamy rainforest region of Peten, whereupon you will find Tikal; the largest excavated Mayan site in Central America. Exploring the ruins, it is well worth the clamber up to the top of the temples to see the pinnacles of others poking through the surrounding rainforest canopy. Francis Ford Coppola's property, La Lancha, is about 50 minutes' drive from the ruins, and with its stunning setting on the shores of Lake Peten Itza, this little boutique lodge has bags of charm and local flavour.

  • Cayo District - 4 Days
    A three hour transfer from Tikal brings you across the border to Belize, and located in the central forests of the Cayo District lies Blancaneaux Lodge. The beautiful tropical forest landscapes are a mecca for adventurous activities, including kayaking, river tubing, horse riding, and mountain bike riding, hiking and caving.

  • Orange Walk - 3 Days
    Much of Orange Walk is blanketed by rainforest, and excursions into this tropical terrain consists of bird watching, canoeing, medicine and village tours, night walks, spotlight safaris, and even crafty croc encounters. Lamanai Lodge is 70 miles from any other hotel or lodge, and is therefore an alluringly remote place to stay in this shrouded area. With over 700 Mayan structures amidst this lush, green setting, Lamanai Lodge is on the doorstep of some of the most treasured ruins in Belize.

  • Placencia - 4 Days
    A final stop on Caribbean coast allows for some well-earned relaxation. Turtle Inn is perched just above sea level, overlooking an azure lagoon. Underwater activities abound - particularly snorkelling and diving the world's second largest barrier reef - whilst an utterly indulgent spa menu is available, to completely unwind at the end of this wonderful trip.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £4,395 per person which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

November to May
Couples, Honeymooners and Families

Guatemala and Belize

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