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Kinkajou: Best of Guatemala and Belize
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
This small group escorted tour visits two countries with contrasting cultures and landscapes: Spanish and Mayan Guatemala, with volcanoes and traditional villages and British Caribbean influenced Belize, with coral beaches and rainforest adventures.
This variety-packed escorted group journey combines two countries which couldn’t be more different. Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan indian and Spanish colonial tradition plus religious mysticism. Belize, a truly Caribbean country, is English speaking, utterly laid-back, and a popular destination for some outdoor adventure. It’s a real treat to be able to combine the two into one experience-packed holiday.
Start off in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial masterpiece, and continue to the serene setting of Lake Atitlán, encircled by volcanoes, – pocket handkerchief sized fields and time-warped indigenous villages.
Continue to Tikal, the vast Mayan city where ancient temples and pyramids penetrate the rainforest canopy. Crossing the border into Belize, stay at a remote countryside lodge surrounded by tropical foliage rich in wildlife; enjoy the thrills and spills of outdoor activities, or just relax. Overall, you'll be enchanted by the friendly people, extraordinary architecture and diverse flora and fauna.
- Antigua: Guided walking tour of Antigua
- Lake Atitlán: excursion by boat
- Chichicastenango: exploring the market
- Tikal: guided tour of the ruins
- Yaxha: guided tour of the ruins
- Chaa Creek: outdoor activities
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UK clients depart, arriving in Guatemala the same day.
Transfer to colonial Antigua.
Explore the city, with guided walks.
By road to Lake Atitlán via the market at Chichicastenango.
Excursion on Lake Atitlán.
At leisure to further explore the lakeside.
Drive to Guatemala City; fly to Flores.
Guided exploration of the Mayan archaeological site Tikal.
Drive across the Belize border to Chaa Creek.
Outdoor activities and excursions.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
The colourful people of Guatemala, the beautiful scenery at Lake Atitlan and the wonderful atmosphere of Antigua City.JR, Prudhoe
Everywhere we stayed the local staff were particularly helpful and cheerful. As an older member of the group I particularly appreciated we stayed 2-3 nights giving me time to relax and enjoy local amenities.RI, Shrewsbury
This trip exceeded our expectations. A thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing insight into the history, culture and scenery of Guatemala and Belize and its ancient Mayan civilisation. And great fun too. Well judged, well balanced and really well executed. Well done JLA!WB, Steyning
Guatemala is a very beautiful and interesting country which deserves to be better known. The history of the Maya and their ancient sites is fascinating, much enhanced by the fact that the Maya people are still there and their customs and traditions can be observed. The scenery, colonial architecture and birdlife: outstanding.JE, Ware
Everyday was exhilarating and exciting. Guatemala was so colourful - the scenery, the markets, the food, the traditional dress, the flowers and birdlife. Delicious coffee! The itinerary enabled me to take in spectacular views of volcanoes, such as in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, of the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha.JH, Weybridge
Our expert's view
César Pineda - Tour Leader
Born and raised in Guatemala, César’s passion for travel inspired his journeys across the globe and eventually a career in tour leading.
Being Guatemalan I may be biased but for me nothing beats the Mayan ruins of Tikal. The way the temples emerge from the dense jungle is awe inspiring and this tour offers plenty of time to explore its hidden secrets.
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Meet our team
Real Latin american experts
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.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
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.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
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.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
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.