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Signature Guatemala and Belize: Culture and Caribbean

15 days from £3,650pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Guatemala / Belize

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Overview & Highlights

This highlights tour to Guatemala and Belize can’t be beaten for variety.  Combine arty Antigua, Lake Atitlán and the jungle-clad Mayan ruins of Tikal  with the tropical forest and coral island Ambergris Caye, near the dive sites of the Belize Barrier Reef.

This highlights of Guatemala and Belize trip combines two very different countries in one experience-packed holiday. Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan and Spanish colonial tradition; you'll be introduced to both, including Antigua and Lake Atitlán. Belize, a truly Caribbean country, is laid-back and English-speaking. Here you stay at the remote  Chaa Creek eco-lodge, and can go diving or snorkelling at Blue Hole on Ambergris Caye.

Start off in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial masterpiece, and continue to the serene setting of Lake Atitlán, encircled by volcanoes, handkerchief-sized fields and tiny indigenous villages. Continue to Tikal, the vast ruined Mayan city where ancient temples and pyramids emerge above the rainforest canopy. Crossing the border into Belize, stay at Chaa Creek, an award-winning lodge surrounded by tropical foliage rich in wildlife, where you can enjoy the thrills and spills of outdoor activities, or just relax. Round off the holiday on the coral beaches of Ambergris Caye in the turquoise Caribbean Sea, home to the world-renowned Mesmoamerican Reef.

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  • Walking tour of Antigua
  • Boat excursion to Santiago de Atitlán and San Antonio Palapó
  • Chichicastenango market
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins



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Our Expert's Opinion

I've always been fascinated by the contrast between Guatemala and Belize, so it made perfect sense to bring them together in this signature trip. It serves as an excellent introduction to both countries, showcasing the diverse cultures and histories found in each region. From the indigenous highland communities of Guatemala to the laid-back Caribbean atmosphere of Belize, this trip offers authentic experiences such as fishing with local fishermen on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala or swimming with nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley in Belize.

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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