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Family Guatemala and Belize: Ancient temples and Caribbean isles

14 days from £3,720pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Guatemala / Belize

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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. 

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  • 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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  • Most of the vary varied scenery was spectacular, and the pace of the trip and exercise involved was just right.

    JH, Sevenoaks
  • Lived up to my expectations of seeing 3 countries in one holiday.

    PM, Arundel
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  • I found the trip most enjoyable and very thoughtfully arranged to maximise our experience - I have no complaints at all about the trip and found it extremely enjoyable. Our…

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  • There were so many highlights and wows that it is difficult to say. Macchu Picchu lived up to our expectations and Bolivia was a truly unexpected surprise. Loved Rio and…

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  • "I have many great memories, but for me going to sleep and then waking up to the sounds of the rain forest both at Rock View Lodge and Atta Rainforest…

    JB, London
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Our Expert's Opinion

Guatemala is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring scenery, making it a wonderful country to explore. Our signature trip provides an immersive and authentic experience of what makes this country special. From charming cities and serene lakes with volcanic backdrops to incredible culture, markets, and history, this trip is perfect for those who want to discover the unsung hero of Latin America.

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Charlotte Daubeney Travel Expert Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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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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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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