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Full Tour Itinerary

Caribbean Culture to Guatemalan Vistas

  • Days / nights12 / 11
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$1979

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Playa Del Carmen. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby.

Overnight at the joining hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 2

An early departure from Playa Del Carmen takes us first to Chetumal, where we will change to a local ‘chicken bus’ that will take us a further 20 minutes to the border of Belize. After the border formalities we will enjoy a few hours on this adventurous bus with lots of locals (an authentic cultural experience, to be sure). Enjoy the picturesque landscape of Belize, which is entirely different from Mexico. And now we are back to English for a few days. At Belize City we board a speedboat for our crossing to Caye Caulker. Our arrival in Paradise, will be just in time for some rum punch and a walk to see the stunning sunsets that Caye Caulker is famous for!

We will meet for dinner tonight to enjoy some island delights (lobster, shrimp, fish and more).

Overnight: hotel in Caye Caulker

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Orientation tour by your tour leader

Day 3

Today we head out with our friends at Raggamuffin Tours for a perfect day out on the water. Either sailing or motoring, depending on the weather, we will take off for the first of four spectacular snorkelling sites. We will see sharks, rays, turtles, eels, loads of different fish, and, with some Belizean luck on our side, perhaps a Manatee or two (sea cow, or “dugong” as they are known also). Lunch is included, fresh ceviche and all the rum punch you can handle (after the last snorkelling site). A truly magical experience!

Overnight: hotel in Caye Caulker

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Included activities: Full day snorkeling adventure

Day 4

We will have a leisurely departure this morning from the hotel, leaving you a little more time to enjoy paradise, and perhaps pick up those Belizean souvenirs (“You’d better Belize it!”). A speedboat back to Belize City, then one of those adventurous chicken buses that Belize is known for, on a shorter trip than Day 2, to San Ignacio! A relaxed travelling day, perfect for enjoying that Belizean vibe.

Overnight: hotel in San Ignacio

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: none

Day 5

A departure of around 8:30 am we will head about an hour inland for the mysterious caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), described by some as a Mayan Sacrificial Chamber. Don’t worry, there won’t be any sacrifices today! On arrival, our adventure quickly begins with wading across three rivers, which at times can be well above our waist. We then swim into the entrance and snake our way until we reach the chamber which is full of artefacts from days gone by. Alternative tours are Caracol Ruins or Cave Tubing (please note, not the ATM cave).

Included activities: ATM Cave, Caracol Ruins OR Cave tubing.

Overnight: hotel in San Ignacio

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: ATM Cave (or alternative)

Day 6

Today we are giving you a free day to enjoy the area! There are lots of adventure activities to enjoy in this adventure-themed region, including the Caracol ruins, cave tubing, a visit to an Iguana Sanctuary or learn to cook Belizean style, and more! We reconvene in the late afternoon for our departure to Guatemala.

It’s a 20-minute drive to the border, from where our private bus will be ready to take us to the gorgeous village of Flores – a small island surrounded by Lake Peten Itza.

Overnight: hotel in Flores

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: none

Day 7

We depart very early today for our sunrise visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tikal. A One hour drive and a further 30 minute trek will take us to the base of Temple 4. From there, we will make the easy climb up to take our spot and wait for sunrise. During that wait, we will hear the jungle begin to wake up. Howler monkeys will sound like King Kong calling out to each other, Toucans will croak and parrots will squeal in the early morning mist rising above the jungle.

On finishing our tour in Tikal, we will stop for lunch, then make our way to Rio Dulce. It is a drive of about five hours in our private vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for wildlife. We will also take a short detour to Finca Paraiso for a quick dip in an exquisite hot waterfall. Our hotel tonight is on its own island, an incredible place to wake up and see the “Sweet River” (Rio Dulce) in all her glory!

Overnight: hotel on Rio Dulce

Included meals: none

Included activities: Sunrise tour to Tikal, entrance to Finca Paraiso

Day 8

A leisurely departure this morning will take us on our boat trip to Livingston. But first we will head up river to the Castillo de San Felipe, for photos of the Fort and Lake Izabal. From there we will cruise down the Rio Dulce to The Gulfete and eventually into the Canyon of Rio Dulce, where the first Tarzan movie was filmed. You will see why when we head through. Please remember your camera for this trip, the photos are National Geographic worthy. In Livingston we will enjoy a light local lunch before returning to our island hotel for happy hour. The area specialty for dinner tonight is “Tapado,” a delicious seafood stew made with coconut milk.

Overnight: hotel on Rio Dulce

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Boat trip to Livingston

Day 9

Today we make an early departure from Rio Dulce, to Lake Atitlan. We start our drive through lush jungle-type landscape, head through the desert plains, through Guatemala City and out and up into the highlands of Guatemala. Our day will end on arrival to Panajachel (the main town on Lake Atitlan) mid afternoon. A picturesque drive ending up on an even more picturesque lake! Don’t trust us, this is what Aldous Huxley famously said in his travel book from 1934: Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.

Overnight: hotel at Lake Atitlan

Included meals: none

Included activities: none

Day 10

After breakfast we head out on a tour of Lake Atitlan. The best way to tour this area is by boat. Our first stop is Santa Catarina de Palopo, a small village with crafts and stunning views to the volcanos. From there we head to Santiago, one of the bigger towns on the lake, home of “Maximon,” a saint of sorts, to which locals offer gifts to solve their issues — intriguing, to say the least. After we have finished with “Maximon,” we head to the quiet, peaceful, art-and-coffee-filled village of San Juan. A perfect spot to pick up some locally produced goods. From there, we head to Jaibalito for lunch at “Casa Del Mundo” – delicious locally grown food a plenty! You will have some free time this afternoon to explore on your own.

Overnight: hotel at Lake Atitlan

Included meals: none

Included activities: Boat trip on Lake Atitlan

Day 11

This morning we departure for, the colonial, UNESCO-protected, city of Antigua. After an orientation with your tour leader, you will have time for lunch before our (and last activity together) hike up Pacaya Volcano. A moderate hike, we will be richly rewarded as we reach the still warm cinders and perhaps roast marshmallows in them. After our return to Antigua we’ll meet for our last dinner together.

Overnight: hotel in Antigua

Included meals: none

Included activities: Pacaya Volcano, orientation tour with tour leader

Day 12

Our trip ends today. If you are flying out today, your tour leader will assist you on the best way to get to the Guatemala City airport. For those continuing on to San Jose, Costa Rica, there are numerous activities to enjoy in and around Antigua: coffee tours, cooking classes, photography tours and more! Or just enjoy a city walking tour. Please remember there will be a group meeting tonight at 6 pm at the hotel.

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: none

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