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Belize & Guatemala Multisport Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • Mountain bike past small farms and broadleaf forests teeming with wildlife
  • Feel your heart skip a beat when you first witness the ancient Maya city of Tikal
  • Learn about Belize and Guatemala's rich blend of cultures, from Garifuna to Maya
  • Grab your snorkel and float above the world's second-largest barrier reef
  • Dine on delicious Caribbean specialties like conch fritters and lobster tail

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Wildlife-Rich Jungles, Maya Temples & the Barrier Reef

Belize and Guatemala will enchant you. From the Maya temples at Tikal to rain forest trails overhung with bromeliads, orchids and sinuous vines. It's a thrill that dives deep - like a plunge into the blue Caribbean - reemerging with every toucan's squawk and howler monkey's roar. You'll feel it in a mysterious cave. And while floating on a picture-perfect jungle river. Seven days filled with wonders that stop you in your tracks - or flippers, as the case may be. We're thrilled to have you join us.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

On this Premiere Inn Trip, La Lancha is enough on the simpler side of things that we classify it as a Casual property. It's a wonderful place to explore Guatemala, quite comfortable, and the nicest lodging in the immediate area - just not as fancy as the other hotels on the trip.

The rustic casitas blend well into the surroundings, but as a result, the walls are thin and you may hear your neighbors moving around along with the sounds of monkeys and birds outdoors.

Border Crossings

On this trip we have the pleasure of venturing from Belize to Guatemala and back again. On all our trips we make every effort to facilitate crossing international borders by removing as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible. Often we are able to create a seamless experience. But even with all the organization and effort of our leaders, sometimes border crossings take time. With a little patience we hope to make this experience as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Days 1-2 A spelunking adventure in a cave harboring ancient Maya artifacts Stop in for an exclusive tour at the Belize Zoo, a rehabilitation sanctuary for rescued animals Mountain bike on a rugged dirt road amid lush pastures, orange orchards and jungle to a secluded eco-lodge for lunch Visit the blue morpho butterfly center and walk on a trail highlighting Belizean medicinal plants Your canoe awaits - paddle on the Macal River to lively San Ignacio.

Days 3-4 Journey to Guatemala with a local guide to explore Tikal, where Maya pyramids tower over the vast jungle - a scene almost too extraordinary to be real! Spend the day uncovering the mysteries of this majestic World Heritage site, while parrots and toucans animate the canopy In Ixpanpajul National Park, gain a howler monkey's perspective on the rain forest via a series of suspension bridges slung amid the treetops Visit the laid-back village of Flores and take a boat trip on Lake Petén Itzá A Guatemalan family welcomes us into their home for a meal and demonstration of traditional weaving techniques.

Days 5-7 Devote a day to warm water and exotic marine life during our snorkeling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef outside Australia Discover the rich Garifuna heritage of Belize Drive through lovely mountain landscapes, arriving at the Caribbean coast Spend the morning kayaking and take a look at local life in Hopkins Village.

Premiere Inns*

Ka'ana Boutique Resort & Spa
Ka'ana Boutique Resort & Spa

Cayo District (2 nights) A well-appointed and tranquil boutique hotel nestled in the Maya Mountains amid lush tropical gardens. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

La Lancha
La Lancha
* Casual Inn

Lake Petén Itzá (2 nights) One of Francis Ford Coppola's eco-friendly resorts, this beautifully decorated lodge is set in the rain forest high above Lake Petén Itzá and is a comfortable base for exploring nearby Tikal. (pool)

Hopkins Bay Resort
Hopkins Bay Resort

Hopkins Village (2 nights) This collection of luxury seaside villas, just steps from the Caribbean Sea, offers outstanding access to one of the finest snorkeling spots in the world. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

You'll get history, culture and nature all rolled into one on this trip into two of the most exciting new travel destinations. The history of the Maya and the Garifuna people; the culture found in bonding over handmade tortillas with a Guatemalan family; the caves, jungles, rivers, lakes and oceans of two spectacular countries. From west Belize to Maya ruins in Guatemala and back across the border to the Belizean Caribbean coast, this will be one unforgettable week.
Pam Fritz - Regional Manager, Latin America

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
December 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 2 500
Walking/Hiking 3 600
Other Zoo Tour (2 Hours)
2 Biking 6 0
Biking 12 0
Other Canoeing on the Macal River (2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 4 400
Walking/Hiking 6 700
Other Tikal Guided Hike (1.5 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 0
Walking/Hiking 4 0
5 Other Weaving Demonstration (1 Hour)
Other Optional Activities at Hopkins Bay
6 Other Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure (All Day)
7 Kayaking in Hopkins Bay (1.5 Hours)
 
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On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 35% dirt and 65% paved).

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $80.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Belize & Guatemala tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.

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Belize City, Belize 

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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