The Best of Guatemala and Belize Tour
  • Best of Guatemala and Belize Tour

Activities


Hiking & Walking   
Wildlife and Jungle Exploration   
Archaeology    
Snorkeling and Boat   

Trip Lenght: 12 Days and 11 Nights

Price: $2400

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Dates: 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2016

Departures: Sundays and Wednesdays


Overview

Best of Guatemala and Belize Tour

Activities: Hiking and Walking, Snorkeling,  Small Ship, Culture Exploration, Wildlife and Jungle Exploration, and Archaeology

Departures: Sundays and Wednesdays

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Places to visit:  

Belize : Ambergris Caye, San Ignacio, San Pedro

Guatemala: Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlán, Chichicastenango, Tikal, Yaxhá and Guatemala City.

Description:

This program is part of GA’s Best-Sellers vacations.  During this journey you will visit the highlights of Guatemala and Belize, giving you the opportunity to discover all its hidden treasures.  It has all the activities you could expect of a world class journey.  The tour begins in Antigua Guatemala, a city inspired by the Italian Renaissance, continuing to the Western Highlands of Guatemala and then visiting three of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization.   You´ll have the chance to appreciate the differences of architecture, art and majesty of the Mayan constructions and monuments.   Then continuing to Belize to experience the wildlife and nature, and finish with the unique caribbean beaches to relax.

GA Unforgettable Memories:

  • Snorkeling in the second largest reef in the world
  • Enjoying and relaxing in the white sand beaches of Belize
  • Feel the pure air while riding a private boat in the beautiful Lake Atitlan surrounded by three imposing volcanoes
  • The feeling of standing on the ancient ceremonial centre of Tikal and on the middle of a virgin jungle where about 1500 years ago lived an unprecedented advanced civilization.
Itinerary & Dates

Itinerary:

Day #1   

Airport – Antigua Guatemala:

Reception at the airport “La Aurora”. Transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala.
Deluxe: El Convento Boutique Hotel or similar

Standard: Meson de Maria Hotel or similar

 

Day #2 

Antigua Guatemala (B):

Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Antigua’s most beautiful churches, monasteries, convents, and the central plaza. Overnight accommodations in Antigua.

Deluxe: El Convento Boutique Hotel or similar

Standard: Meson de Maria Hotel or similar

Day #3

Pacaya (B):

After breakfast transfer to the most active volcano in Guatemala, its 2500 mts. above the sea; the environment is formed by humid forest and rocks. This is one of the most exciting experiences in Guatemala, where you will enjoy from impressive views of the lagoon of Calderas and other three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango and landscapes as if you were on the moon. It is readily accessible and you don’t need to be in good shape to climb it, however you need to wear good hiking boots and wear long pants. When finish transfer back to Antigua Guatemala.

Deluxe: El Convento Boutique Hotel or similar

Standard: Meson de Maria Hotel or similar

Day #4

Santiago de Atitlán (B):

Visit to Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”. Early in the morning 07:00 a.m transfer to Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival discover the magic that surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit a Tzutuhil Village. Santiago where you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this magical experience. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat for overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Atitlan Hotel Suite Room or similar

Standard: Atitlan Hotel or similar

Day #5

Market Day Thursday or Sunday

Chichicastenango(B):

In the morning you will be transfer to Chichicastenango’s market, the most colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in Guatemala of 100% Quiché population. After the visit you’ll be transferred to Guatemala City to board your flight to Flores, Peten. (Departure flight: 17:15 hrs) On your arrival our representative will transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel or similar

Standard: Camino Real Tikal or similar

 

Day #6

Tikal (B, L):

After breakfast, transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Tikal has the distinction of being the first site in Guatemala declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, our guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II “Los Mascarones”, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World. Transfer back to your hotel for overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel or similar

Standard: Camino Real Tikal or similar


Day #7

Yaxhá – San Ignacio (B, L):

Transfer to Yaxhá, a former ceremonial center and city of the Pre-Columbian Maya Civilization.  The facilities have evidence of Teotihuacan influence in their architecture and stelae. We can find the only twin pyramid complex outside of Tikal, also known as the Stelae Plaza.  During this visit you will enjoy the wildlife, jungle and mystic surroundings of this unique area.  After we finish the tour, transfer to San Ignacio in Belize for overnight accommodations.

Hotel: San Ignacio Resort Hotel or similar
Day #8

Caracol (B):

After breakfast you will visit the archaeological site Caracol. A great city once, remains in the site of one of the tallest manmade structures in the entire country the “Canna or Sky Pyramid”. You will watch the amazing scenic area of jagged forested peaks, rolling hills and steep gorge. When finish return to San Ignacio for overnight accommodations.

Hotel: San Ignacio Resort Hotel or similar

 

Day #9  

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour (ATM) – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (B):

Today you will have an adventure tour to the ATM Caves, this caves features ceramics, stoneware and even human skeletons. You will hike for 30 minutes through the forest before arriving the entrance to the cave.  A short swim will lead you into the amazing underworld realm. You will enjoy geological formations like sparkling stalactites, stalagmites, and flow stones. We recommend to bring light clothing and swim wear and close-toe footwear with good sole grips.  When finish transfer to Belize City. You will take the water taxi to San Pedro, Ambergris. On arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Victoria House or similar

Standard: Ramon’s Village or similar

 

Day #10 

Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye (B):

Hol Chan is the oldest marine reserve located on the southern trip in Ambergris Cayes, which cover approximately three square miles and it’s divided into four zones. We will make two stops to enjoy the amazing underwater landscape of the Barrier Reef to it’s fullest. You will see all kinds of corals as well as brights tropical fish. The second stop will be at the Shar Ray Alley, a shallow area where you may feed and pet Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays. Return to hotel Overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Victoria House or similar

Standard: Ramon’s Village or similar

 

Day #11 

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (B):

Day is at leisure. Overnight accommodations.

Deluxe: Victoria House or similar

Standard: Ramon’s Village or similar

 

 

 

Day #12 

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – Belize City (B):

In the morning you will be transfer to the airstrip to board the flight to Belize City.

**Flight departure on your choice from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., departing every hour**

 

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The package includes:

  • All ground transportation as specified in itinerary
  • Specialized guide in English
  • Lodging every day of the trip in hotels specified
  • Breakfasts at the hotels
  • Entrances fees to sites to visit expressed in the itinerary
  • Private boat in Lake Atitlan
  • Flight Ticket Guatemala City – Flores, Petén via TAG
  • Lunch in Tikal Park and Yaxha (drinks not included)
  • Water taxi from Belize City to San Pedro
  • Flight Ticket San Pedro – Belize City via Tropic Air
  • Taxes

 

Not included:

  • Tickets abroad
  • Meals not specified
  • Tips and Personal expenses
  • Security tax paid in Flores US$ 3.00 or Q 25.00

 

**Prices may vary depending on selected hotels.

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Explore the Soul of the Earth
  • Explore the Soul of the Earth

Activities


Hiking & Walking   
Small Ship   

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Trip Lenght: 8 Days and 7 Nights

Price: From $1250 per person

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

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Overview

Explore The Soul Of The Earth

Activities: Hiking and Walking, Small Ship, Culture Exploration, Wildlife and Jungle Exploration, and Archaeology

Departures: Mondays and Thursdays

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Places Visited: Antigua Guatemala, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlán, Tikal, Yaxhá & Topoxté and Guatemala City

Description:

In this program you will visit the premium destinations of Guatemala in one week, including the Western Highlands, Tikal and Antigua Guatemala.  It is specially designed for all ages where you will enjoy different types of activities like exploring the Mayan pyramids in the middle of a virgin jungle or having a cup of one of the best coffees in the world surrounded by a unique landscape of three majestic volcanoes and baroque style constructions.

GA Unforgettable Memories:

  • Getting to an untouched colonial city like you were travelling through time
  • Being at the top of a viewer watching one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
  • Doing some shopping of original handcrafts in the colorful open market in Chichicastenango
  • Getting to “El Gran Jaguar” Temple in Tikal and admiring the astonishing architecture techniques of this unique civilization
Itinerary & Dates

Itinerary:

Day #1 Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala:
Reception at the airport “La Aurora”. Transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #2 Antigua Guatemala (B,D):
Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Antigua’s most beautiful churches, monasteries, convents, and the cultural center. Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities. It is a magical and captivating small town that will make you feel time stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobbled streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times. In the afternoon visit San Antonio Aguascalientes, where you will get to visit a great diversity of handicrafts. Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #3 Coffee Plantation – Antigua Guatemala (B):

Visit to one of the oldest coffee plantations in Guatemala. During this tour you will have the opportunity to discover how coffee is made. Our guide will show the whole process since the beans are picked up in the plantation until it is served as one of the best coffees in the world. This will be a very interesting experience that will teach you all the hard work that takes to make a cup of coffee and the people who are involved. When finished transfer back to your hotel in Antigua.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #4 Chichicastenango and Iximché (B, SN):
Visit to the archaeological site of Iximché, also known as “The Land of Corn”. This city was the first capital of Guatemala and the last Mayan City. Experience for yourself a place fulfilled with mysticism, being the city that witnessed the Conquer of the Spanish and a place for Mayan rituals. After the visit you’ll be transferred to Chichicastenango’s market, the most colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in Guatemala of 100% Quiché population. Admire the historical and mystic Church of Santo Tomás, where the Mayan bible was discovered. Be the witness of Mayan ceremonies inside the church, where you can presence their gifts to the Mayan God’s. Transfer to Panajachel for overnight accommodations.

De Luxe: Atitlán Hotel or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #5 San Juan La Laguna & Santiago de Atitlán (B):
Visit to Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”. Panajachel is an 800 year old town of about 14000 people, mostly Kaqchikel Mayas and some foreigners from every corner of the globe, living inside that rainbow. Upon arrival discover the magic that surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit two different Tzutuhil Villages. Visit a small town around the lake, where you’ll be able experience the Mayan culture to the purest. Then transfer to Santiago where you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this magical experience. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat to have lunch. Transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.

De Luxe: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day #6 Tikal (B, L):
Early in the morning we take a flight to Flores, Petén. Upon arrival transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Tikal has the distinction of being the first site in Guatemala declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, the guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II” Los Mascarones “, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World. Transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.

De Luxe: La Lancha or similar

Standard: Camino Real Tikal or similar

Day #7 Yaxhá (B, L):

Transfer to Yaxhá, a former ceremonial center and city of the Pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. The facilities have evidence of Teotihuacan influence in their architecture and stelae. We can find the only twin pyramid complex outside of Tikal, also known as the Stelae Plaza. After we finish the tour, transfer to the airport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.

De Luxe: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day #8 Guatemala City (B):
Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country.

The package includes:

  • All ground transportation as specified in itinerary
  • Flight Guatemala City – Flores, Petén – Guatemala City via TAG (Saab 340A , Embraer 110)
  • Lodging everyday of the trip in specified hotels
  • Private Boat Tour in Lake Atitlan
  • All breakfasts at the hotels
  • Specialized guide in your language
  • All entrances and taxes
  • Lunch in Tikal Park and Yaxha on Day #6 and Day #7

Not included:

  • Tickets abroad
  • Meals not specified
  • Tips and Personal expenses
  • Taxes on tickets abroad

**Prices may vary depending on selected hotels.

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Activities


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Culture Exploration   

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Trip Lenght: 12 Days 11 Nights

Price: From $1670 per person

Difficulty: Easy


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Overview

Guatemala To Be Discovered

Activities: Culture Exploration, Hiking and Walking, Small Ship, Wildlife and Jungle Exploration, and Archaeology

Departures: Any Day

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Places Visited: Antigua Guatemala, Comalapa, Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, San Juan La Laguna, Santiago Atitlán, Lake Atitlán, Río Dulce, Tikal and Guatemala City.

Description:

Guatemala to be Discovered” is part of GA’s cultural vacations.  This program is designed specifically for travelers who want to get in touch with local people and travel of the beaten path. You’ll have the opportunity to visit non touristic places and really experience how Guatemalan people live. They will share with you the ancient mayan handicraft techniques, religion beliefs, textile and paintings workshops, folkloric music and dances, culinary activities and many others.

The journey begins in Antigua, where you will understand the meaning of this magical and captivating small city. The tour will continue to the highlands of Guatemala considered as the richest cultural area in the country. It will finish in the caribbean and Petén region, where the landscape changes dramatically and offers beautiful views as well as cultural experiences.

GA Unforgettable Memories:

  • Learn how to pick, process and roast your own coffee as local Guatemalan people do.
  • Go back in time and practice ancient techniques by weaving your own souvenir.
  • Walk through the corn fields to learn about the Mayan cosmovision and why they consider corn a sacred part of their culture.
  • Keep the rhythm of the Mayas folklore music by participating in dances and rituals.
Itinerary & Dates

Itinerary:

Day #1 Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala:

Reception at the airport “La Aurora”. Transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala.

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #2 Antigua Guatemala (B):

Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Visit to San Antonio Aguascalientes and Ciudad Vieja. Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala.

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #3 Coffee Plantation (B)

Visit to a coffee plantation in the surroundings of Antigua, you will spend a day with a coffee farmer and learn how a day in the life of a small independent coffee farmer looks like. Learn how to pick, process and roast your own coffee! The farmers will take you up to the coffee plantation on foot to pick coffee from their fields. Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala.

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day #4 San Juan Comalapa (B, L):

Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to San Juan Comalapa, a village known for its murals, marvelous handicrafts and its authentic market. The visit will begin with a mural tour that shows the different paintings by locals that narrates the major events in the history of Guatemala including the Maya creation story, the Spanish conquest and Guatemala’s civil war. Time to have lunch in a local restaurant accompanied by folkloric music. After lunch visit to the local market and to a foot weaving workshop. Transfer to Chichicastenango for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Santo Tomás Hotel or similar

Day #5 Chichicastenango (B, L):

Early in the morning you will have the chance to see how all the local product dealers prepare for their sales in the market. Chichicastenango’s market, the most colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in Guatemala of 100% Quiche population. Transfer from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango, on the way visit to San Andrés Xecul that is home to a brightly-painted Catholic church adorned with a fascinating array of Mayan, Christian and agricultural images. It is very special because Catholic and Mayan People go to this church. Overnight accommodations in Quetzaltenango

Standard: Pensión Bonifaz

Day #6 Quetzaltenango (B):

Quetzaltenango is the second largest city in Guatemala. Xela, as it is also known, is surrounded by the beauty of numerous small villages, which not only keep their essence but also still keep the indigenous culture. This city has an incredible energy and environment. During this exciting day you will visit Mayan Village of Zunil and Almolonga where you will see how local people live and learn more about its culture. Then visit to San Francisco El Alto and Fuentes Georginas, on the way you will see all the fruit and vegetable plantations from local people. Transfer to Panajachel for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day #7 San Juan La Laguna (B, L):

Discover the magic that surrounds Lake Atitlán and all its greatness while taking a boat to cross it and a visit a Tzutuhil Village. This place is known for being one of the most authentic and best kept secrets in Guatemala where you´ll begin with a Cultural tour visiting the different workshops where you discover how a women’s weaving cooperative continues the traditional methods of dying thread with native plants. Time to have lunch in a local restaurant, where you will enjoy of our typical food. In the afternoon you will witness a real Mayan Ceremony in a local plantation. Transfer back to Panajachel for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day #8 Santiago Atitlán (B):

We take a boat to visit another Tzutuhil village in the surroundings of Lake Atitlán. In this place you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this magical experience. Transfer back to Panajachel to get ready for transfer to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day #9 Río Dulce (B):

Transfer from Guatemala City to Río Dulce. Time to enjoy a boat trip from Río Dulce to Livingston, which is a river running from Lake Izabal, in the eastern part of Guatemala, to the Carribean. Visit to the Community of “Lagunita El Salvador” where you will take a tour of the village, listen to a “Marimba”concert, and participate in the dance of the deer. Transfer to your hotel in Livingston.

Standard: Villa Caribe or similar

Day #10 Río Dulce (B, L):

Visit to the Ak-Tenamit Project, that is a Kekchi origin population. It is an indigenous community development organization that promotes development solutions for education, health, cultural programs and income generation. We will begin the tour at the school, Health care clinic and different places to experience the living of the local people. Visit Finca Tatín to have lunch. Transfer to Tikal or Flores for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Jungle Lodge

Day #11 Tikal (B,L):

Transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Tikal has the distinction of being the first site in Guatemala declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, our guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II” Los Mascarones “, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World. At proper time transfer to the airport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodations.

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day #12 Guatemala City (B):

Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country.

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