Overview & Highlights
This action-packed family holiday has something to satisfy each one of you. There's absolutely no time to get bored, with a mix of Spanish colonial, indigenous indian and British Caribbean cultures all in a relatively small area where it’s easy to get around.
This family holiday offers adults and children alike a range of experiences in two contrasting countries. Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan indian and Spanish colonial tradition and religious mysticism. Belize, a truly Caribbean country, is English-speaking, utterly laid-back, and a popular destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Kids will love spotting the howler monkeys in the jungle, clambering over the ancient pyramids and snorkelling in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
You start off in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial masterpiece, and continue to the serene setting of Lake Atitlán, encircled by volcanoe and tiny indigenous villages. Head out onto the water in a kayak before continuing to Tikal. Children will marvel at the fantasy-style vast ruined Mayan city where ancient temples and pyramids emerge above the rainforest canopy; adults will find the Mayan history and culture fascinating.
Crossing the border into Belize, stay at a remote riverside cabin camp surrounded by tropical foliage rich in wildlife; enjoy the thrills and spills of outdoor activities, or just relax. Round off the holiday at the pearl white beaches of Ambergris Caye, maybe with a bit of snorkelling.
- Antigua: City tour and visit to a coffee farm
- Chichicastenango market
- Kayaking on Lake Atitlán
- Lake Atitlán: Boat excursion to San Juan la Laguna
- Tikal: Guided tour of the Mayan ruins
- San Ignacio: Butterfly Farm
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Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to hotel in Antigua.
Guided walking tour of Antigua and a coffee farm.
Drive to Lake Atitlán via Chichicastenango market.
Kayaking on Lake Atitlán.
Visit to San Juan la Laguna community.
By road to Guatemala City; fly to Fly to Flores in the jungle Petén.
Guided tour of the Mayan ruins at Tikal.
Drive into Belize to the San Ignacio area.
Visit a butterfly farm
Kayak on the Macal river.
Drive/fly to Ambergris Caye, coral atoll in the Caribbean.
At leisure on Ambergris Caye.
Fly to Belize City and connect with international flight.
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A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.