Guatemala to Belize

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Wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua, admire ancient Mayan ruins and unwind on the laidback island of Caye Caulker on this 10-day adventure from Guatemala to Belize. This trip spans two captivating countries, with different languages, distinct cultures and varied landscapes – each with the capacity to inspire awe in those who visit. From volcano-studded highlands to the chilled-out charm of the Caribbean coast, this tour delivers a hearty dose of history and culture, plenty of epic scenery and some well-deserved downtime.

Availability

From 29/02/2024 to 05/01/2026

Departure dates & prices

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  • Feb Thu 29 2024 to Mar Sat 09 2024
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    $2,336*
  • Mar Sat 09 2024 to Mar Mon 18 2024
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    $2,106*
  • Mar Sat 16 2024 to Mar Mon 25 2024
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    $2,455*
  • Apr Thu 04 2024 to Apr Sat 13 2024
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    $2,615*
  • Apr Thu 11 2024 to Apr Sat 20 2024
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    $1,896*
  • Apr Thu 18 2024 to Apr Sat 27 2024
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    $1,672*
  • Apr Thu 25 2024 to May Sat 04 2024
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    $2,255*
  • May Thu 09 2024 to May Sat 18 2024
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    $2,230*
  • May Thu 23 2024 to Jun Sat 01 2024
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    $2,230*
  • Jun Thu 27 2024 to Jul Sat 06 2024
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    $2,118*
  • Jul Thu 11 2024 to Jul Sat 20 2024
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    $2,118*
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    $2,230*
  • Aug Thu 08 2024 to Aug Sat 17 2024
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    $2,118*
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    $2,230*
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  • Sep Thu 26 2024 to Oct Sat 05 2024
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  • Oct Thu 03 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $2,315*
  • Oct Thu 10 2024 to Oct Sat 19 2024
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    $2,315*
  • Oct Thu 17 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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    $2,315*
  • Oct Thu 24 2024 to Nov Sat 02 2024
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    $2,315*
  • Nov Thu 07 2024 to Nov Sat 16 2024
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    $2,645*
  • Nov Thu 14 2024 to Nov Sat 23 2024
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    $2,405*
  • Nov Thu 21 2024 to Nov Sat 30 2024
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    $2,405*
  • Nov Thu 28 2024 to Dec Sat 07 2024
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    $2,695*
  • Nov Sat 30 2024 to Dec Mon 09 2024
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    $2,455*
  • Dec Thu 05 2024 to Dec Sat 14 2024
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    $2,405*
  • Dec Sat 07 2024 to Dec Mon 16 2024
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    $2,645*
  • Dec Thu 12 2024 to Dec Sat 21 2024
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    $2,695*
  • Dec Sat 14 2024 to Dec Mon 23 2024
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    $2,405*
  • Dec Thu 26 2024 to Jan Sat 04 2025
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    $2,405*
  • Dec Sat 28 2024 to Jan Mon 06 2025
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    $2,455*
  • Jan Sat 04 2025 to Jan Mon 13 2025
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    $2,525*
  • Jan Sat 11 2025 to Jan Mon 20 2025
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  • Jan Sat 18 2025 to Jan Mon 27 2025
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    $2,525*
  • Jan Sat 25 2025 to Feb Mon 03 2025
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    $2,525*
  • Feb Sat 01 2025 to Feb Mon 10 2025
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    $2,525*
  • Feb Sat 08 2025 to Feb Mon 17 2025
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    $2,435*
  • Feb Thu 13 2025 to Feb Sat 22 2025
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    $2,435*
  • Feb Sat 15 2025 to Feb Mon 24 2025
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    $2,435*
  • Feb Sat 22 2025 to Mar Mon 03 2025
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    $2,435*

What's included

Gaze in wonder at the jungle-shrouded limestone temples of Tikal, one of the most impressive Mayan sites in the whole of Central America, as howler monkeys call from the canopy.
Relax and recharge on the white sands of Caye Caulker, a tiny Belizean island made for beach BBQs, snorkel trips and lazy afternoons spent swinging in a hammock.
Explore Livingston: a one-of-a-kind riverside town where the local culture is heavily influenced by the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna population.
Walk along cobblestone streets and shop for local handicrafts in the tiny inland island town of Flores.
Dig deeper into Mayan history – visiting lesser-known ruins and a mystical Mayan cave complex – around San Ignacio, a vibrant market town near the Belize-Guatemala border.
Breakfasts Included: 5.
Lunches Included: 3.
Hotel (7 nights),Lodge (2 nights).
Private vehicle,Public bus,Local bus,Taxi,Ferry,Shared boat.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 16.
Antigua - Informal Spanish Lesson.
Antigua - Leader-led Orientation Walk.
Livingston - River boat trip to Garifuna town.
Flores - Leader-led orientation walk.
Santa Ana Vieja - Cooperativa Nuevo Horizonte visit.
Flores - Tortilla Making Workshop.
Tikal National Park - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport).
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Antigua Hola! Welcome to Antigua. Surrounded by three volcanoes that dominate the skyline, this colourful city was the capital of Guatemala in the 16th century and was designated as a World Heritage site in 1979. Today, it's a cosmopolitan hub filled with cool coffee shops and international restaurants that's often buzzing with live music. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. If you arrive with time to spare, why not get a taste of local tradition with a chocolate-making workshop in the ChocoMuseo, or strut your stuff with a salsa dance lesson?
  • 2 - Antigua As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once one of the most important cities in Central America. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but many of the colonial-era buildings have been carefully restored. This morning, wander the quiet cobblestone streets with your leader, who will point out many fascinating markets and museums. The afternoon is yours to spend exploring the city and its surrounds. Prefer to take it easy? Grab a coffee on the main plaza and settle in for some people watching. Don't miss the chance to taste a tamale, a local dish served in a corn leaf. Or try pepian, a meaty dish of chicken, beef, pork, or all three at once, in a rich sauce. You'll find the best value food next to the markets near the bus station.
  • 3 - Rio Dulce It's a long day of travel today as you make your way to Rio Dulce by private vehicle. During the journey, learn a few handy phrases with an informal Spanish lesson from your leader, before arriving mid-afternoon. Rio Dulce, which means 'Sweet River' in Spanish, refers to both the Guatemalan river that flows from Lago de Izabal (Lake Izabal) to the Caribbean Sea and the town of Fronteras, which sits at the east end of the lake. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Maybe stretch your legs on a jungle walk, rent a kayak and get out on the water or just laze in a hammock and enjoy the tropical surrounds.
  • 4 - Rio Dulce Join your group on a boat ride down the river to Livingston, a laidback Afro-Caribbean town that offers a unique taste of Garifuna culture in a far-flung corner of Guatemala. It's located 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Rio Dulce and the boat ride is spectacular, taking you through waters laden with water lilies, past tropical forests and through a deep canyon replete with river birds. The Garifuna population in Livingston are descendants of a community forcibly removed from the Caribbean by the British in the late 18th century. Livingston was one of the towns the displaced Garifuna settled in, and its relative isolation means the culture has remained undiluted by Guatemalan norms. Spend a little time here and enjoy an included lunch of local specialties like tapou, a creamy soup made with fish.
  • 5 - Flores Travel to the township of Flores on Lago Peten Itza. On the way, pay a visit to Nuevo Horizonte, a ranch where 130 demobilised families settled after the signing of the Guatemalan Peace Accords in 1998. Beginning with no infrastructure and poor living conditions, the community cooperated to establish fish-farming, agriculture, reforestation and eco-tourism projects. Tour their nature reserve, have lunch on the ranch and speak to the locals about the origins of the community. Continue to Flores, where you'll take an orientation walk with your group leader. Flores had a long history before it was colonised by the Spanish in 1697, most significantly as the capital of the Itza people after the fall of Chichen Itza. Spend your free afternoon wandering the island's quaint streets or shopping for local handicrafts. Around 4 pm, the lakefront starts to hum with street food vendors, making it a good place to grab a bite.
  • 6 - San Ignacio Get up early for a guided exploration of Tikal National Park. Among the thick, evergreen jungle are some of the most significant remnants of the ancient Maya civilisation - plus an array of local wildlife, including coatis and howler monkeys. Wonder at the towering limestone temples and other monuments while pondering the mystery of the ancient city's demise. Spend a few hours playing archaeologist, and afterwards, say goodbye to Guatemala and head across the border to Belize. As the only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize is a great place to get chatting with locals. On your way to San Ignacio, take a break to learn the art of tortilla making!
  • 7 - San Ignacio This morning, you can choose whether you would like to relax in San Ignacio or take part in some of the other optional activities on offer, like a visit to the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM caves). A living museum of Maya relics, the ATM cave system is home to ceramic pots and crystallised skeletons, preserved by the natural processes of the cave for over 1400 years. If you choose to explore the cave system (and it is highly recommended), you'll spend most of the day there. If not, there are always more local ruins to explore above ground, including Cahal Pech, which was once the residence of a wealthy Maya family. Nature lovers may be interested in a trip to the Green Iguana Conservation Project, where a number of the scaly - and surprisingly large - beasts are protected.
  • 8 - Caye Caulker If your idea of paradise is white sand, clear blue waters and palm trees, then you're going to dig Caye Caulker. The island even has a motto: 'go slow'. Arrive following a scenic boat ride and join your leader for an orientation walk, to help you get your bearings on the petite island. While the island is entirely walkable, you might like to hire a bike and cycle between beach bars and along quiet palm-lined streets. Can't keep your eyes off those Caribbean waters? Get out there for a spot of standup paddleboarding, or if the mood strikes, join a sunset catamaran cruise for an unforgettable end to your first day.
  • 9 - Caye Caulker Your time in Caye Caulker is all about taking it easy, so do as much (or as little) as you want with another day here. If you're keen to find the best snorkelling spots, opt to take a full-day boat tour (just remember to slather on sunscreen). After a day of swimming and lounging in the sunshine, you're sure to get hungry. Belize is famous for its barbequed food, with some of the best meals cooked on the roadside. Caye Caulker is famous for its lobster - not the cheapest meal you'll ever buy, but so (so) good. Always make sure that you respect the season: lobsters can only be caught here between June and February. If you're out of season, how about some grilled shrimp and a lovely rum and coke made with the local firewater?
  • 10 - Caye Caulker There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time following check out. If you would like to spend more time in Caye Caulker, we'll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
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